Companies and institutions

The legal definition of those federal companies and institutions that the Federal Council manages in accordance with the ownership policy principles of the Corporate Governance Report (CG guidelines (PDF, 138 kB, 04.06.2021)) can be found in Article 8 paragraph 5 of the Government and Administration Organisation Act. This includes all those units which (1) have legal personality, (2) are not part of the central Federal Administration, (3) are controlled by the Confederation by virtue of its capital and voting rights or were created under federal legislation and (4) are delegated to perform federal administrative duties; in addition, there is the ETH Domain, which has no legal personality of its own. In concrete terms, this portfolio currently comprises 19 units, including market service providers such as Swisscom and RUAG, monopoly service providers such as the ETH Domain and Swiss Export Risk Insurance SERV, as well as institutions responsible for economic and safety supervision such as FINMA and ENSI. The following list provides a complete overview with web links to the main legal framework of the individual units.

ETH Domain (EAER)
The organisational legal framework is found in the ETH Act. The ETH Domain is managed according to the strategic objectives of the Federal Council. The basic principles of employment for employees of the ETH Domain are regulated in the ETH Personnel Ordinance. The ETH Professorial Ordinance regulates the employment conditions for the ETH teaching staff. The employment conditions for assistants and scientific employees are found in the Ordinance governing scientific employees of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.
The basic principles regarding fees can be found in the Fees Ordinance of the ETH Domain.

Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) (EAER)
The organisational legal framework of the SFIVET is found in Article 48 paragraph 4 of the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act and in the SFIVET Ordinance. The Federal Council manages the SFIVET according to strategic objectives. The SFIVET Personnel Ordinance governs employment conditions at the SFIVET. The SFIVET Fees Ordinance defines the fees charged by the SFIVET for its training courses and services.

Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) (FDJP)
The Federal Act on the Statutes and Tasks of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and the Organisation Ordinance (IPI-OO) form the organisational legal framework of the IPI. The basic principles of employment are found in the Ordinance on the Staff Charter of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI-SCO). The Fees Ordinance of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property applies to fees charged by the Institute for its sovereign activities.

Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) (FDJP)
The organisational legal framework of the Institute is the Federal Act on the Federal Institute of Metrology, which has been in force since 1 January 2013. The Federal Council manages the Institution according to strategic objectives.

Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI (DETEC)
The organisational legal framework of the ENSI is the Federal Act on the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSIA). As a federal institution in the area of economic and safety supervision, the ENSI has increased autonomy; its strategic objectives are defined by the ENSI Board. The ENSI Personnel Regulations govern the employment conditions for ENSI employees. The ENSI Fees Ordinance governs the fees for ENSI's decrees, services, supervisory activities and supervisory duties.

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA (FDF)
The organisational legal framework is found in the Financial Market Supervision Act FINMASA. As a federal institution in the area of economic and safety supervision, FINMA has increased autonomy; its strategic objectives are defined by its Board of Directors and approved by the Federal Council. The employment conditions for FINMA employees are governed by the FINMA Personnel Ordinance. The FINMA Fees and Levies Ordinance governs the collection of fees and supervisory levies by FINMA.

Federal Audit Oversight Authority (FDJP)
The organisational legal framework of the Federal Audit Oversight Authority is found in the Auditor Oversight Act (AOA). As a federal institution in the area of economic and safety supervision, the FAOA has increased autonomy; its strategic objectives are defined by its Board of Directors and approved by the Federal Council. Fees are levied in accordance with Article 37 et seq. of the Auditor Oversight Ordinance (AOO) and the General Fees Ordinance (GFeeO).

Identitas (EAER)
The organisational legal framework of the Swiss Animal Tracing Database is found in the Ordinance on the Trade in Livestock Database (TLD Ordinance). The fees are levied in accordance with the Ordinance on Animal Movement Fees (FeeO-AM) and the General Fees Ordinance (GFeeO).

Pro Helvetia (FDHA)
The organisational legal framework of the Pro Helvetia foundation is set out in the Culture Promotion Act. The Federal Council manages the foundation according to strategic objectives. The Subsidies Ordinance has governed the awarding of grants by Pro Helvetia since 2012.

Swiss Export Risk Insurance SERV (EAER)
The organisational legal framework of the SERV is the Export Risk Insurance Act (SERIA). The SERV is managed according to the strategic objectives of the Federal Council. The personnel regulations govern the employment conditions for SERV employees.

Swiss National Museum SNM (FDHA)
The organisational legal framework of the SNM is found in the Museums and Collections Act (MusCA). The Federal Council manages the museum according to strategic objectives. The SNM personnel regulations govern the employment conditions for SERV employees.

RUAG Holding AG (DDPS)
The legal framework of RUAG is found in the Federal Act on Federal Armaments Companies (FArmCA). The Federal Council manages RUAG according to strategic objectives.

Swiss Federal Railways SBB (DETEC)
The organisational legal framework of the SBB is the Federal Act on the Swiss Federal Railways. The Federal Council manages the SBB according to strategic objectives.

Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic (FDHA)
The organisational legal framework of Swissmedic is found in the Therapeutic Products Act (TPA). The Federal Council manages Swissmedic by means of a service mandate (strategic objectives are expected to be in use from 2017). The employment conditions for Swissmedic employees are governed by the Personnel Ordinance of the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products. The Therapeutic Products Fees Ordinance regulates the fees charged by the authority.

Swiss Institute of Comparative Law SICL (FDJP)
The organisational legal framework of the SICL is the Federal Act on the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. Although the SICL has legal personality, it operates as a unit of the central Federal Administration. Reporting on the SICL therefore takes place within the framework of the federal budget and financial statements (volume 2B, administrative unit 413). The employment conditions for SICL staff are governed by the Federal Personnel Ordinance. The Ordinance on the Fees charged by the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law regulates the fees it charges.

Swiss Post (DETEC)
The organisational legal framework of Swiss Post is the Post Organisation Act (POA). The Federal Council manages Swiss Post according to strategic objectives.

Skyguide (DETEC)
The legal framework of Skyguide is found in the Civil Aviation Act (CAA). The Confederation manages Skyguide according to strategic objectives. Fees are levied in accordance with the Ordinance on the Air Navigation Service.

Swisscom (DETEC)
The organisational legal framework of Swisscom is the Telecommunications Services Organisation Act (TSOA). The Federal Council manages Swisscom according to strategic objectives.

Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets SIFEM AG (EAER)
The legal framework of SIFEM is found in the Federal Act on International Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid and in the Ordinance issued on the basis of the Federal Act. The Federal Council manages the institution according to strategic objectives.

Innosuisse (SBFI)
The organisational legal framework of Innosuisse is set out in the Innosuisse Act (SIAA). The Federal Council manages Innosuisse according to strategic objectives. The employment conditions for staff are governed by the Innosuisse Personnel Ordinance. The Innosuisse Funding Ordinance sets out its funding measures. Fees and remuneration for members of the Innovation Council and for the Innosuisse experts are governed by the Remuneration Ordinance.

Last modification 04.06.2021

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