The agenda of the President of the Confederation at a glance

The New Year greetings ceremony with the diplomatic corps, the 1 August message to the nation. But also the Ukraine Reform Conference in Lugano. The main appointments of the President of the Confederation and Head of the FDFA, Ignazio Cassis, are summarised in short news and pictures.

21.01.2022 – President Cassis on the Albisgüetli

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, attended the 34th Albisgüetli Conference of the SVP Zurich in Zurich. In his speech, he spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and European policy. In doing so, he emphasised that the Federal Council still wants regulated and stable relations with the EU. "They are far too valuable for us to simply question them. Do not forget: we are also talking about a daily exchange of goods worth a billion francs."

Speech

21.01.2022 – President Cassis talks with foreign ministers of Russia and the USA about the security situation in Europe

On the occasion of the US-Russia meeting in Geneva, the President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the FDFA, Ignazio Cassis, met separately with the two Foreign Ministers, Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov, on Friday, 21 January 2022. The talks focused on security in Europe and the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Switzerland is concerned about the increasing tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border. President Cassis made clear that Switzerland offers its good offices when they are considered useful and are requested. In addition, the OSCE should play a central role as a platform for dialogue as well as with its confidence- and security-building measures.

President Cassis in conversation shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.
In addition to the security situation in Europe, President Cassis also addressed human rights issues during his talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov... © Keystone
President Cassis and Foreign Minister Blinken sit across from each other at a table and talk.
…and with Foreign Minister Blinken he also discussed bilateral issues as well as relations with Iran. © Keystone

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21.01.2022 – COVID-19: President Cassis visits the Regional Hospital of Lugano

Commented retweet by President Cassis reacting to a Twitter message from the hospital in regards to his visit.
President Cassis thanks the hospital staff on Twitter for their work in the fight against COVID-19.

"This visit has allowed me to talk to the people on the front line of our fight against COVID-19. In addition, I was able to witness the situation at the hospital," said Ignazio Cassis during his reception at the Regional Hospital of Lugano. Accompanied by the Director of the Department of Health and Social Affairs of the Canton of Ticino, Raffaele De Rosa, and the cantonal doctor, Giorgio Merlani, Ignazio Cassis spoke with hospital management as well as with doctors and nurses.

20.01.2022 – Meeting in Berlin

The President of the Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, meets German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The President of the Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, meets German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. © Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung, Fotograf Jesco Denzel

President Ignazio Cassis met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Berlin. The talks focused on the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, and on current challenges in Europe and worldwide.

President Cassis is greeted by Chancellor Scholz.
President Cassis and German President Steinmeier stand side by side and look at members of the formation of honour. © Bundesregierung / Bergmann

Press release

20.01.2022 – Online event in the run-up to the Ukraine Reform Conference (URC2022)

At an online event on 20 January, in preparation for the fifth Ukraine Reform Conference (URC) to be held in Lugano this summer, President Ignazio Cassis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy set out their expectations for the conference.

«As the host of the Ukraine Reform Conference, Switzerland can contribute to stability and prosperity in Europe. As a longstanding partner of Ukraine, I am pleased that we have an opportunity to support the country on its path to reform,» stated President Cassis. «The direct exchanges between the Ukrainian authorities and investors at this online event should provide an opportunity to discuss mutual expectations and common goals.»

Issues covered during the panel discussion included economic relations, economic policy reforms and Ukraine's statutory framework for investment. The international community intends to support these reforms.

Press release

14.01.2022 – 50th anniversary of International Lake Constance Conference

On Friday, 14 January, the German, Austrian, Liechtenstein and Swiss representatives of the cantons and federal states that are a part of the International Lake Constance Conference (IBK) met on Mount Säntis to celebrate the Conference's 50th anniversary. President Ignazio Cassis also attended the event. The aim of the IBK is to promote cross-border cooperation in the Lake Constance area and to strengthen relations between the four neighbouring countries and regions near the border.

13.01.2022 – First traditional visit to Vienna

The President of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, travelled to Vienna for his first official visit. There he was received by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Chancellor Karl Nehammer and the president of the Austrian National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka. The trip to Vienna marks a decades-old tradition of each new Swiss and Austrian president making their first trip abroad to each other’s country, a sign of the friendly relationship between Switzerland and Austria.

Following the bilateral meeting, Mr Cassis met the Polish foreign minister and new OSCE chair, Zbigniew Rau, as well as the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Helga Schmid. Mr Cassis presented the Swiss 2022–2025 OSCE Action Plan.

President Cassis on first visit to Vienna

Switzerland presents action plan for a more effective OSCE by 2025

12.01.2022 – New Year's reception of the diplomatic corps

President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis welcomed the representatives of the diplomatic corps in Switzerland at the traditional New Year's reception at the Federal Palace.

01.01.2022 – New Year's address

"The Federal Council is listening to all of you, regardless of the language in which you speak, no matter where you live. This plurality is Switzerland's strength!". With these words Ignazio Cassis addresses the nation on the eve of the New Year. In his speech, the President of the Swiss Confederation takes the people on a journey along the rails that run through Switzerland, reach all the language regions and unite the country.

New Year's address of the President of the Swiss Confederation (in French)

31.12.2021 – Handing-over of office

Screenshot of a tweet by Ignazio Cassis
President Guy Parmelin phoned his successor Ignazio Cassis for the handing-over of office. Words of thanks via Twitter. © FDFA

31.12.2021 – New Federal Council photograph

Every year, a new photo with the seven federal councillors and the chancellor gets published. In 2022, the president of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, acts as art director. 

View from above of the members of the Federal Council standing on a map of Switzerland.
The Federal Council photo 2022. © Stefano Spinelli

Seven federal councillors, several cantons of origin, one Switzerland. "Like the members of the Federal Council, all Swiss citizen are diverse in term of origin, language, culture or mindset. Yet together we make up Switzerland", explains Ignazio Cassis, who illustrates this in a short video.

The concept behind this shot explained by the newly elected president.

Behind the scenes

A look behind the scenes: making of the Federal Council photo 2022.

08.12.2021 – Election as President of the Swiss Confederation

The Federal Assembly elected Ignazio Cassis President of the Swiss Confederation for the year 2022 by 156 votes. Federal Councillor Alain Berset will accompany him as vice-president.

The election day of the President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis in pictures