Federal Department of Economic Affairs


Federal Department of Economic Affairs
Federal Department of Economic Affairs
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Agency overview
Formed 1848
Jurisdiction Federal administration of Switzerland
Headquarters Bern
Employees 1,919[1]
Annual budget Expenditure: CHF 6.1 billion
Revenue: CHF 271.8 million
(2009)[1]
Minister responsible Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor
Website
evd.admin.ch

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs (French: Département fédéral de l'économie; German: Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement; Italian: Dipartimento federale dell'economia) is one of the seven departments of the federal government of Switzerland, headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council.

Contents

Organisation

The Department is composed of the following offices:[2]

  • General Secretariat, including the Federal Consumer Affairs Bureau FCAB (responsible for consumer affairs) and the Swiss civilian service agency (ZIVI).
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco): Responsible for national and international economic policy, trade negotiations and labour policy.
  • Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG): Responsible for agricultural policy and for direct payments to Swiss farmers.
  • Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET): Responsible for vocational education and training, Universities of Applied Sciences and innovation promotion.
  • Federal Veterinary office (FVO): Responsible for animal welfare and health, the safety of food of animal origin and the implementation of the CITES convention.
  • Integration Office (see FDFA above)
  • Federal Office for National Economic Supply (FONES): Manages emergency supplies of essential goods and services.
  • Federal Housing Office (FHO): Responsible for housing policy.

The following independent authorities are affiliated to the FDEA for administrative purposes:

  • Price Supervisor: Price ombudsman and responsible for the supervision of regulated prices.
  • Competition Commission: Swiss competition regulator.
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET): Provides training for vocational education professionals.

Names of the department

  • 1848-1872: Department of Trade and Customs
  • 1873-1878: Department of Railway and Trade
  • 1879-1887: Department of Trade and Agriculture
  • 1888-1895: Department of Industry and Agriculture
  • 1896-1914: Department of Trade, Industry and Agriculture
  • 1915-1978: Department of Economic Affairs
  • Since 1979: Federal Department of Economic Affairs

List of heads of the department

References

External links


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