Welcome to the information site of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). Thank you for your interest in the work of Switzerland's Federal Department for the infrastructure and the environment and its director, Simonetta Sommaruga.

In the DETEC there are more than 2500 persons devoted to the main concern of this department, namely, to assure the sustainable provision of primary services in Switzerland. We want to meet present requirements for infrastructures and at the same time to secure for future generations the chances of an intact environment.

We do our best to make information concerning the department available also in English. Regrettably, this is not always possible. However, if desired, staff members of the DETEC press and information service will put you in touch with an English-speaking representative. The DETEC press and information service can be contacted at the following phone number:

+41 58 462 55 11

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New Gotthard railway tunnel

New Gotthard railway tunnel

The world’s longest railway tunnel was officially opened on 1 June 2016 – the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

New Gotthard railway tunnel

Working visit to India

Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga is paying a working visit to India from 18 to 21 October. She will visit energy and cleantech projects in Bangalore and in Coimbatore and will meet with Indian ministers in Delhi.


Simonetta Sommaruga

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Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

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