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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Official working visit to Senegal and Ghana

Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga travelled to West Africa from 5 to 9 July for a visit focusing on environmental and climate protection. She signed a climate agreement in Senegal, while in Ghana she held talks on implementing joint initiatives to protect the climate.

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

English tweets

English tweets on bilateral and multilateral meetings can be viewed on the Twitter account page of Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga.

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