Crisis Management

The Federal Chancellery supports and advises the departments in preparing for and managing interdepartmental crises. Based on the Federal Chancellery's evaluations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Administration's crisis management is currently being optimised. The improvements are to be reviewed with the 2025 Integrated Exercise.

The Government and Administration Organisation Act (GAOA) stipulates that the Federal Chancellor supports the Federal Council in identifying and managing crises (Art. 32 para. g GAOA). In addition, he or she coordinates the interdepartmental measures for the early detection and management of crises at an organisational level (Art. 33 para. 1bis GAOA).

In addition to the provisions of the GAOA, an ordinance on the crisis organisation of the Federal Administration is currently being drafted. The drafting of the new ordinance was decided by the Federal Council on the basis of experience from past crises. The aim is to improve the Federal Administration's crisis management.

In the context of improvements to the crisis organisation, the creation of a Standing Core Unit is planned, which will provide various services to the departments in the event of a crisis, but also in the planning and preparation phase. The unit is to consist of employees from the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), the Federal Chancellery and other federal offices depending on the event, thus strengthening interdepartmental crisis management. The purpose of the Standing Core Unit is to foster continuity and greater uniformity in federal crisis management and better knowledge retention between crisis events.

The Federal Chancellery crisis management tasks include:

The 2025 Integrated Exercise (IE 25) will review the improved crisis organisation of the Federal Administration together with those of the cantons.

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Federal Council improves crisis management structures

The Federal Council aims to be better prepared for crisis situations and have more efficient mechanisms in place for dealing with them. At its meeting on 29 March, it decided, based on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, to strengthen the organisation of the Federal Administration so it is better equipped for future crises. In the event of complex crises, the Federal Council will be able to deploy crisis units at both a strategic and operational level. The Federal Council remains the supreme governing authority. In addition, a Standing Core Unit will provide crisis management support to the departmental staff offices. The Federal Council has tasked the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS and the Federal Chancellery FCh with drawing up core legislation on the new crisis management structure by the end of 2023.



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