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.

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