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

Or by e-mail


Simonetta Sommaruga

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President of the Swiss Confederation

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

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Bundespräsidentin Sommaruga bei ihrer Eröffnungsrede am WEF 2020

International contacts

Switzerland is committed to worldwide peace and security and to achieving consistent standards across the globe. To this end Federal President Simonetta Sommaruga conducts face-to-face discussions with heads of state and promotes Switzerland’s interests in international bodies. On the ‘International contacts’ page you will find a chronological overview of the bilateral and multilateral meetings scheduled for this presidential year. The information is available in German, French and Italian.  

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Virtual 75th session of the UN General Assembly

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga, and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis represented Switzerland at the UN General Assembly. One of the main topics was the global management of the impact of COVID-19. President Sommaruga delivered the opening address for Switzerland and spoke at other events on biodiversity, digital cooperation and women’s rights.


English tweets

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