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Federal Act on the Federal Assembly

English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. This translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force.

The Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation,

based on Article 164 paragraph 1 letter g of the Federal Constitution1, and having considered the report of the Political Institutions Committee of the National Council dated 1 March 20012 and the opinion of the Federal Council dated 22 August 20013,

decrees:

Title 1 General Provisions

Art. 1 Subject matter

This Act reg­u­lates:

a.
the rights and du­ties of the mem­bers of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
b.
the tasks and or­gan­isa­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
c.
the pro­ced­ure in the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
d.
pro­ced­ur­al re­la­tions between the Fed­er­al As­sembly and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
e.
pro­ced­ur­al re­la­tions between the Fed­er­al As­sembly and the fed­er­al courts.

Art. 2 Meetings of the councils

1The Na­tion­al Coun­cil and the Coun­cil of States shall con­vene reg­u­larly for or­din­ary ses­sions.

2Either coun­cil may de­cide to con­vene spe­cial ses­sions if the or­din­ary ses­sions are not suf­fi­cient to deal with the volume of busi­ness.

3One quarter of the mem­bers of a coun­cil or of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may re­quest that the coun­cils or the United Fed­er­al As­sembly be con­vened for an ex­traordin­ary ses­sion to deal with the fol­low­ing items of busi­ness:

a.
drafts by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil or of a Fed­er­al As­sembly com­mit­tee of a Fed­er­al As­sembly en­act­ment;
b.
identic­al mo­tions that have been sub­mit­ted in both cham­bers;
c.
elec­tions;
d.
de­clar­a­tions by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil or identic­al drafts sub­mit­ted in both cham­bers for de­clar­a­tions by the Na­tion­al Coun­cil and des Coun­cil of States.1

4An or­din­ary or an ex­traordin­ary ses­sion is nor­mally held in both cham­bers in the same cal­en­dar week.2


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).
2 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 3 Oath and solemn promise

1Each mem­ber of the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall swear the oath or make the sol­emn prom­ise be­fore as­sum­ing of­fice.

2The per­sons elec­ted by the United Fed­er­al As­sembly shall swear their oath or make their sol­emn prom­ise be­fore the United Fed­er­al As­sembly fol­low­ing their elec­tion, un­less the law provides oth­er­wise.

3Any per­son who re­fuses to swear the oath or make the sol­emn prom­ise is pro­hib­ited from as­sum­ing of­fice.

4The oath is as fol­lows:

«I swear by Almighty God to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion and the law and to ful­fil the du­ties of my of­fice to the best of my abil­it­ies.»

5The sol­emn prom­ise is as fol­lows:

«I sol­emnly prom­ise to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion and the law and to ful­fil the du­ties of my of­fice to the best of my abil­it­ies.»

Art. 4 Access of public to meetings

1The meet­ings of the coun­cils and of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly are open to the pub­lic. The de­bates are pub­lished in full in the Of­fi­cial Bul­let­in of the Fed­er­al As­sembly. The de­tails of pub­lic­a­tion are reg­u­lated in an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

2For the pro­tec­tion of ma­jor se­cur­ity in­terests or for the pro­tec­tion of per­son­al pri­vacy, a meet­ing in cam­era may be re­ques­ted. The fol­low­ing have the right to make such a re­quest:

a.
a sixth of the mem­bers of either coun­cil or of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly;
b.
a ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of a com­mit­tee;
c.
the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

3The de­bate on an ap­plic­a­tion for a meet­ing in cam­era is it­self held in cam­era.

4Any per­son who par­ti­cip­ates in a meet­ing in cam­era is ob­liged to pre­serve secrecy with re­gard to the pro­ceed­ings there­of.

Art. 5 Information

1The Coun­cils and their or­gans shall provide com­pre­hens­ive in­form­a­tion in good time about their activ­it­ies provided there are no over­rid­ing pub­lic or private in­terests that pre­vent this.

2The use of sound or im­age broad­casts from the As­sembly cham­bers, as well as the ac­cred­it­a­tion of journ­al­ists, is reg­u­lated in an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly or by the re­spect­ive Stand­ing Or­ders of the Coun­cils.

Title 2 Members the Federal Assembly

Chapter 1 Rights and Duties

Art. 6 Procedural rights

1The mem­bers the Fed­er­al As­sembly (as­sembly mem­bers) have the right to sub­mit par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ives and par­lia­ment­ary pro­ced­ur­al re­quests and to pro­pose can­did­ates for elec­tion.

2They may sub­mit pro­pos­als re­lat­ing to pending busi­ness and pro­ced­ure.

3The right to speak and the time al­lowed for speeches may be lim­ited by the Stand­ing Or­ders of the Coun­cils.

4If a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive, a mo­tion or a pos­tu­late is op­posed, a vote may be held only if the ori­gin­at­or has been giv­en the op­por­tun­ity to provide verbal jus­ti­fic­a­tion. In ad­di­tion, the per­son who first re­ques­ted re­jec­tion must at least be giv­en the right to speak.1


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 7 Rights to information

1The as­sembly mem­bers have the right to be provided with in­form­a­tion by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil and the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion and to in­spect doc­u­ments on any mat­ter of rel­ev­ance to the Con­fed­er­a­tion, provided this is re­quired for the ex­er­cise of their par­lia­ment­ary man­dates.

2An in­di­vidu­al as­sembly mem­ber has no right to in­form­a­tion:

a.
from the joint re­port­ing pro­ced­ure and de­lib­er­a­tions in Fed­er­al Coun­cil meet­ings;
b.
that is clas­si­fied as con­fid­en­tial or secret in the in­terests of state se­cur­ity or the in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, or the dis­clos­ure of which to un­au­thor­ised per­sons may be det­ri­ment­al to na­tion­al in­terests;
c.
that is treated as con­fid­en­tial for the pro­tec­tion of per­son­al pri­vacy.1

3In the event of any dis­agree­ment between an as­sembly mem­ber and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil as to the ex­tent of rights to in­form­a­tion, the as­sembly mem­ber may call on the Presid­ing Col­lege of the coun­cil to which he or she be­longs. The Presid­ing Col­lege me­di­ates between the as­sembly mem­ber and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

4If there is dis­agree­ment between an as­sembly mem­ber and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, the Presid­ing Col­lege of the coun­cil has the fi­nal de­cision on wheth­er the in­form­a­tion is re­quired to ex­er­cise the rel­ev­ant par­lia­ment­ary man­date.

5As an al­tern­at­ive to per­mit­ting the in­spec­tion of doc­u­ments, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may sub­mit a re­port to an as­sembly mem­ber if there is dis­agree­ment between the Fed­er­al Coun­cil and the as­sembly mem­ber as to wheth­er the as­sembly mem­ber has a right to in­form­a­tion in terms of para­graph 2 and the me­di­ation of Presid­ing Col­lege of the coun­cil is un­suc­cess­ful.

6The Presid­ing Col­lege of the coun­cil has an un­res­tric­ted right to in­spect the doc­u­ments of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil and the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion when pre­par­ing to me­di­ate.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).

Art. 8 Official secrecy

The as­sembly mem­bers are bound by of­fi­cial secrecy where, through their of­fi­cial activ­it­ies, they ac­quire know­ledge of in­form­a­tion that must be kept secret or con­fid­en­tial in or­der to safe­guard over­rid­ing pub­lic or private in­terests, and in par­tic­u­lar in or­der to pro­tect per­son­al pri­vacy or to avoid pre­ju­dicing pending court pro­ceed­ings.

Art. 9 Income and expenses

As­sembly mem­bers re­ceive from the Con­fed­er­a­tion a salary in re­spect of their par­lia­ment­ary activ­it­ies and a con­tri­bu­tion to cov­er the ex­penses that they in­cur in con­nec­tion there­with. The de­tails are reg­u­lated by the Par­lia­ment­ary Re­sources Act of 18 March 19881.


Art. 10 Duty to attend meetings

As­sembly mem­bers are ob­liged to at­tend the meet­ings of the coun­cils and com­mit­tees.

Art. 11 Duties of disclosure

1On as­sum­ing of­fice and at the start of every year, each as­sembly mem­ber must in­form his or her of­fice in writ­ing about his or her:

a.1
pro­fes­sion­al activ­it­ies; if the as­sembly mem­ber is an em­ploy­ee, they must give in­form­a­tion about their po­s­i­tion and their em­ploy­er;
b.2
fur­ther activ­it­ies on man­age­ment or su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tees as well as ad­vis­ory com­mit­tees and sim­il­ar bod­ies of Swiss and for­eign busi­ness un­der­tak­ings, in­sti­tu­tions and found­a­tions un­der private and pub­lic law;
c.
activ­it­ies as a con­sult­ant or as a spe­cial­ist ad­viser to fed­er­al agen­cies;
d.
per­man­ent man­age­ment or con­sultancy activ­it­ies on be­half of Swiss or for­eign in­terest groups;
e.
par­ti­cip­a­tion in com­mit­tees or oth­er or­gans of the Con­fed­er­a­tion.

1bisIn the case of activ­it­ies lis­ted in para­graph 1 let­ters b−e, the as­sembly mem­ber shall de­clare wheth­er the activ­ity is vol­un­tary or paid. The re­im­burse­ment of ex­penses is not re­garded as pay­ment for an activ­ity.3

2The Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices main­tain a pub­lic re­gister con­tain­ing the in­form­a­tion provided by as­sembly mem­bers.

3As­sembly mem­bers whose per­son­al in­terests are dir­ectly af­fected by any mat­ter be­ing con­sidered must in­dic­ate their per­son­al in­terest when mak­ing a state­ment in the coun­cil or in a com­mit­tee.

4Pro­fes­sion­al secrecy in terms of the Swiss Crim­in­al Code4 is re­served.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
3 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
4 SR 311.0

Art. 11a Recusal

1In ex­er­cising su­per­vis­ory con­trol in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 26, mem­bers of com­mit­tees and del­eg­a­tions shall re­cuse them­selves if they have a dir­ect per­son­al in­terest in any item of busi­ness or could be im­par­tial for any oth­er reas­ons. The rep­res­ent­a­tion of polit­ic­al in­terests, and in par­tic­u­lar those of com­munit­ies, parties or as­so­ci­ations, is not a reas­on for re­cus­al.

2In the event of any dis­pute, the com­mit­tee or del­eg­a­tion con­cerned shall make a fi­nal de­cision on re­cus­al after hear­ing the mem­ber con­cerned.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).

Art. 12 Independence in relation to foreign states

As­sembly mem­bers are pro­hib­ited from act­ing in an of­fi­cial ca­pa­city for a for­eign state or from ac­cept­ing titles or hon­ours from for­eign gov­ern­ments.

Art. 13 Disciplinary measures

1Where an as­sembly mem­ber, hav­ing been is­sued with a form­al warn­ing, once again in­fringes the ad­min­is­trat­ive and pro­ced­ur­al reg­u­la­tions of the coun­cils, the Pres­id­ent may:

a.
re­voke the as­sembly mem­ber’s right to speak; or
b.
ex­clude the as­sembly mem­ber from the meet­ing for all or part of its re­main­ing dur­a­tion.

2Where an as­sembly mem­ber com­mits a ser­i­ous in­fringe­ment of ad­min­is­trat­ive or pro­ced­ur­al reg­u­la­tions or breaches of­fi­cial secrecy, the rel­ev­ant coun­cil of­fice may:

a.
of­fi­cially rep­rim­and the as­sembly mem­ber; or
b.
sus­pend the as­sembly mem­ber from par­ti­cip­a­tion in the com­mit­tees for up to six months.

3The coun­cil shall de­cide on any ob­jec­tions raised by the coun­cil mem­ber in ques­tion.

Chapter 2 Incompatibility Rules

Art. 14 Incompatibility

The fol­low­ing per­sons may not be mem­bers of the Fed­er­al As­sembly:

a.
per­sons that it has elec­ted or whose ap­point­ment it has con­firmed;
b.
judges of the fed­er­al courts whom it has not elec­ted;
c.1
staff of the cent­ral and de­cent­ral­ised Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices and the fed­er­al courts, the sec­ret­ari­at of the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land, the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land as well as mem­bers of ex­tra-par­lia­ment­ary com­mis­sions with de­cision-mak­ing powers, un­less spe­cif­ic stat­utory pro­vi­sions provide oth­er­wise;
d.
mem­bers of the armed forces com­mand staff;
e.
mem­bers of the man­age­ment or­gans of or­gan­isa­tions or en­tit­ies un­der pub­lic or private law that do not form part of the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion but which are en­trus­ted with ad­min­is­trat­ive tasks, where the Con­fed­er­a­tion has con­trol there­over;
f.
per­sons that rep­res­ent the Con­fed­er­a­tion in or­gan­isa­tions or en­tit­ies un­der pub­lic or private law that do not form part of the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion but which are en­trus­ted with ad­min­is­trat­ive tasks, where the Con­fed­er­a­tion has con­trol there­over.

1 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).

Art. 15 Procedure

1In cases of in­com­pat­ib­il­ity in terms of Art­icle 14 let­ter a, the per­son con­cerned must de­clare which of the two of­fices he or she has chosen to ac­cept.

2In cases of in­com­pat­ib­il­ity in terms of Art­icle 14 let­ters b–f, the per­son con­cerned shall be re­moved from the Fed­er­al As­sembly six months from the date of the in­com­pat­ib­il­ity be­ing es­tab­lished, provided he or she has not resigned from the oth­er po­s­i­tion by that time.

Chapter 3 Immunity and Session Attendance Guarantee

Art. 16 Absolute immunity

As­sembly mem­bers may not be held leg­ally ac­count­able for state­ments they make in the As­sembly or in its or­gans.

Art. 17 Relative immunity

1Crim­in­al pro­ceed­ings may be brought against an as­sembly mem­ber for an of­fence that is dir­ectly re­lated to his or her of­fi­cial po­s­i­tion or activ­ity only if au­thor­ised by the com­pet­ent com­mit­tees of both cham­bers. The reg­u­la­tions of each cham­ber shall des­ig­nate the com­pet­ent com­mit­tee.

2If it ap­pears jus­ti­fied giv­en the cir­cum­stances of the case, the com­pet­ent com­mit­tees may as­sign the pro­sec­u­tion and ad­ju­dic­a­tion of an of­fence sub­ject to can­ton­al jur­is­dic­tion to the pro­sec­u­tion au­thor­it­ies of the Con­fed­er­a­tion.

3The United Fed­er­al As­sembly may ap­point a Spe­cial At­tor­ney Gen­er­al.

3bisThe pres­id­ents of the com­pet­ent com­mit­tees may by mu­tu­al agree­ment re­turn to the pro­sec­u­tion au­thor­it­ies ap­plic­a­tions provid­ing in­suf­fi­cient grounds for lift­ing im­munity so that these can be rec­ti­fied.2

4If an ap­plic­a­tion is clearly un­ten­able, the pres­id­ents of the com­pet­ent com­mit­tees may by mu­tu­al agree­ment deal dir­ectly with the ap­plic­a­tion. They shall in­form the com­mit­tees in ad­vance. If the ma­jor­ity in a com­mit­tee elects to dis­cuss an ap­plic­a­tion, the ap­plic­a­tion is dealt with ac­cord­ing to the stand­ard pro­ced­ure un­der Art­icle 17a.3


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).
2 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
3 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 17a Relative immunity: Procedure

1An ap­plic­a­tion to lift im­munity shall first be con­sidered by the com­pet­ent com­mit­tee of the coun­cil to which the ac­cused as­sembly mem­ber be­longs.

2If the de­cisions of both com­mit­tees on wheth­er to con­sider the ap­plic­a­tion or lift im­munity do not cor­res­pond, the com­mit­tees shall at­tempt to re­solve their dif­fer­ences. The second re­jec­tion of an ap­plic­a­tion by a com­mit­tee is fi­nal.

3The com­mit­tees are quor­ate when a ma­jor­ity of their mem­bers is present. The pres­ence of a quor­um must be con­firmed.

4The com­mit­tees shall hear the ac­cused as­sembly mem­ber. The mem­ber may not be rep­res­en­ted or ac­com­pan­ied.

5The de­cision of the com­mit­tees is fi­nal.

6Once a com­mit­tee has no­ti­fied the as­sembly mem­ber con­cerned, it shall in­form the pub­lic im­me­di­ately. At the same time, it shall in­form the mem­bers of both cham­bers in a writ­ten com­mu­nic­a­tion.

7If the ac­cused as­sembly mem­ber is a mem­ber of one of the com­pet­ent com­mit­tees, he or she shall re­cuse him or her­self.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).

Art. 18 Suspension of postal and telecommunications secrecy, and other investigative measures

1The au­thor­isa­tion of the Presid­ing Col­leges of the Coun­cils is re­quired for the sus­pen­sion of postal and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions secrecy in terms of Art­icle 321ter of the Swiss Crim­in­al Code1 if:

a.
it is in­ten­ded to pro­sec­ute a crim­in­al of­fence com­mit­ted by an as­sembly mem­ber;
b.
it is in­ten­ded to or­der meas­ures against an as­sembly mem­ber that per­mit the sur­veil­lance of a third party with which the as­sembly mem­ber has deal­ings by reas­on of his or her of­fice.

2Para­graph 1 also ap­plies by ana­logy to those cases in which oth­er in­quir­ies or crim­in­al in­vest­ig­a­tion meas­ures are re­quired in re­spect of an as­sembly mem­ber for an ini­tial cla­ri­fic­a­tion of the facts of the case or to se­cure evid­ence.

3As soon as the meas­ures au­thor­ised by Presid­ing Col­leges of the Coun­cils have been car­ried out, au­thor­isa­tion for pro­sec­u­tion must be ob­tained from the com­pet­ent com­mit­tees of both cham­bers in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 17, un­less pro­ceed­ings have already been dropped.2

4Any ar­rest made without this au­thor­isa­tion is un­law­ful.3


1 SR 311.0
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).
3 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).

Art. 19 Procedure by which the Presiding Colleges grant authorisation

1The Presid­ing Col­leges of the Coun­cils shall reach their de­cisions by joint de­lib­er­a­tion in cam­era. The grant­ing of au­thor­isa­tion in terms of Art­icle 18 re­quires the agree­ment at least five mem­bers.

2Au­thor­isa­tion to sus­pend postal and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions secrecy may only be gran­ted if the rel­ev­ant au­thor­ity has ordered sur­veil­lance to be car­ried out in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 7 of the Fed­er­al Act of 6 Oc­to­ber 20001 on the Sur­veil­lance of Post and Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions.


1 SR 780.1

Art. 20 Session attendance guarantee

1Crim­in­al pro­ceed­ings against an as­sembly mem­ber in re­spect of a felony or mis­de­mean­our that is not con­nec­ted with his or her of­fi­cial po­s­i­tion or activ­it­ies may only be ini­ti­ated dur­ing a ses­sion with the writ­ten con­sent of the mem­ber or with the au­thor­isa­tion of the com­pet­ent com­mit­tee of the coun­cil to which the mem­ber be­longs. The reg­u­la­tions of each coun­cil shall des­ig­nate the com­pet­ent com­mit­tee.1

2The fore­go­ing does not ap­ply to a pre­cau­tion­ary ar­rest due to a risk of ab­scond­ing or where the mem­ber is caught in the act of com­mit­ting a felony. The au­thor­ity or­der­ing the ar­rest must ap­ply with­in 24 hours dir­ectly to the com­pet­ent com­mit­tee of the coun­cil to which the ar­res­ted mem­ber be­longs for its con­sent, un­less the per­son con­cerned has giv­en his or her own con­sent to be­ing ar­res­ted.2

3If crim­in­al pro­ceed­ings in re­spect of the of­fences named in para­graphs 1 and 2 have already been com­menced against an as­sembly mem­ber at the start of a ses­sion, the mem­ber has the right to re­quest a de­cision by the com­pet­ent com­mit­tee of the coun­cil to which he or she be­longs on the con­tinu­ation of any de­ten­tion that has already been ordered and on any sum­mons to at­tend court hear­ings. The sub­mis­sion of such a re­quest has no sus­pens­ive ef­fect on or­ders already made.3

4The right to at­tend a ses­sion may not be in­voked against a leg­ally en­force­able judg­ment that im­poses a cus­todi­al sen­tence the ex­e­cu­tion of which has been ordered pri­or to start of the ses­sion.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).
3 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), in force since 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).

Art. 21 Disputes over the necessity for authorisation

In the event of any dis­pute as to wheth­er au­thor­isa­tion in terms of Art­icles 17–20 is re­quired, the or­gan re­spons­ible for grant­ing au­thor­isa­tion de­cides.

Chapter 4 Liability

Art. 21a

1The fin­an­cial li­ab­il­ity of an as­sembly mem­ber for his or her of­fi­cial activ­it­ies is gov­erned by the Gov­ern­ment Li­ab­il­ity Act of 14 March 19581.

2The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion shall de­cide on the li­ab­il­ity of an as­sembly mem­ber un­der Art­icles 7 and 8 of the Gov­ern­ment Li­ab­il­ity Act of 14 March 1958.

3The as­sembly mem­ber may con­test the de­cision of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion by fil­ing an ap­peal with the Fed­er­al Su­preme Court.


Title 3 Duties of the Federal Assembly

Art. 22 Legislation

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly en­acts im­port­ant le­gis­lat­ive pro­vi­sions in the form of a fed­er­al act.

2It may en­act fur­ther le­gis­lat­ive pro­vi­sions in the form of a fed­er­al act or, provided it is en­titled to do so by the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion or the law, in the form of an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

3Pri­or to the en­act­ment of le­gis­lat­ive pro­vi­sions by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, the rel­ev­ant com­mit­tees of the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall be con­sul­ted if they so re­quest, provided the ur­gency of the pro­vi­sions so per­mits.

4Pro­vi­sions shall be re­garded as be­ing le­gis­lat­ive if they im­pose ob­lig­a­tions or con­fer rights or re­spons­ib­il­it­ies in gen­er­al and ab­stract terms and with dir­ectly bind­ing ef­fect.

Art. 23 Amendments to the Federal Constitution

The Fed­er­al As­sembly sub­mits amend­ments to the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion to the vote of the People and the Can­tons in the form of a fed­er­al de­cree.

Art. 24 Co-determination of foreign policy

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall fol­low in­ter­na­tion­al de­vel­op­ments and par­ti­cip­ate in the de­cision-mak­ing pro­cess on im­port­ant for­eign policy is­sues.

2It shall ap­prove the con­clu­sion or amend­ment of or the with­draw­al from in­ter­na­tion­al treat­ies, un­less the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may con­clude, amend or with­draw from the treaty at its own be­hest un­der Art­icles 7a and 7bbis of the Gov­ern­ment and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Or­gan­isa­tion Act of 21 March 19971.2

3If the con­clu­sion or amend­ment of or with­draw­al from the in­ter­na­tion­al treaty is sub­ject to a ref­er­en­dum, the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall ap­prove the con­clu­sion, amend­ment or with­draw­al by is­su­ing a fed­er­al de­cree. It this is not the case, it shall ap­prove the con­clu­sion, amend­ment or with­draw­al by is­su­ing a simple fed­er­al de­cree.3

4It shall par­ti­cip­ate in in­ter­na­tion­al par­lia­ment­ary con­fer­ences and cul­tiv­ate re­la­tions with for­eign par­lia­ments.


1 SR 172.010
2 Amended by No I 1 of the FA of 21 June 2019 on the Au­thor­ity to Con­clude, Amend or With­draw from In­ter­na­tion­al Treat­ies, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2019 3119; BBl 2018 3471 5315).
3 Amended by No I 1 of the FA of 21 June 2019 on the Au­thor­ity to Con­clude, Amend or With­draw from In­ter­na­tion­al Treat­ies, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2019 3119; BBl 2018 3471 5315).

Art. 25 Finances

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall de­cide on ex­pendit­ures and in­vest­ments in the budget and its sup­ple­ments.1 It shall de­cide on new or ex­ist­ing un­claimed ap­pro­pri­ation cred­its and pay­ment lim­its in the budget and its sup­ple­ments or by sep­ar­ate de­cree. It shall ap­prove the state ac­counts.

2It shall take its de­cisions in the form of a simple fed­er­al de­cree.

3It shall stip­u­late the pur­pose and the amount of the cred­its in the de­cision on cred­its. It may also in­clude in its de­cision the gen­er­al con­di­tions for the use of the cred­it, the sched­ule for the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the pro­ject and re­port­ing by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.2


1 Amended by Art. 65 No 1 of the Fin­an­cial Budget Act of 7 Oct. 2005, in force since 1 May 2006 (AS 2006 1275; BBl 2005 5).
2 In­ser­ted by Art. 65 No 1 of the Fin­an­cial Budget Act of 7 Oct. 2005, in force since 1 May 2006 (AS 2006 1275; BBl 2005 5).

Art. 26 Supervisory control

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall ex­er­cise su­per­vis­ory con­trol over the con­duct of busi­ness by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil and the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the fed­er­al courts, the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land, the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land and by oth­er per­sons en­trus­ted with tasks of the Con­fed­er­a­tion.1

2It shall ex­er­cise su­per­vis­ory con­trol over the fin­an­cial budget in the con­text of Art­icle 8 of the Fed­er­al Audit­ing Act of 28 June 19672.

3The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall ex­er­cise su­per­vis­ory con­trol ac­cord­ing to the fol­low­ing cri­ter­ia:

a.
leg­al­ity;
b.
reg­u­lar­ity;
c.
ex­pedi­ency;
d.
ef­fect­ive­ness;
e.
eco­nom­ic ef­fi­ciency.

4Su­per­vis­ory con­trol shall not in­clude the power to re­voke or al­ter de­cisions. It shall not in­clude con­trol over the con­tent of the ju­di­cial de­cisions of the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land.3


1 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).
2 SR 614.0
3 Second sen­tence amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).

Art. 27 Evaluation of effectiveness

The or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly des­ig­nated by law shall en­sure that the meas­ures taken by the Con­fed­er­a­tion are eval­u­ated as to their ef­fect­ive­ness. To this end, they may:

a.
re­quest the Fed­er­al Coun­cil to have im­pact as­sess­ments car­ried out;
b.
ex­am­ine the im­pact as­sess­ments car­ried out on the in­struc­tions of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
c.
in­struct im­pact as­sess­ments to be car­ried out them­selves.

Art. 28 Decisions of general principle and planning

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall par­ti­cip­ate:

a.
in the sig­ni­fic­ant as­pects of the plan­ning of state activ­it­ies;
b.
in de­term­in­ing the stra­tegic goals of units that have be­come autonom­ous in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 8 para­graph 5 of the Gov­ern­ment and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Or­gan­isa­tion Act of 21 March 19971.2

1bisIt par­ti­cip­ates by:

a.
gath­er­ing in­form­a­tion on its activ­it­ies in ac­cord­ance with para­graph 1 from Fed­er­al Coun­cil re­ports or ac­know­ledging such re­ports;
b.
man­dat­ing the Fed­er­al Coun­cil:
1.
to make spe­cif­ic plans or to al­ter the main ele­ments of a plan, or
2.
to de­term­ine stra­tegic goals for the units that have be­come autonom­ous or to al­ter such goals;
c.
tak­ing de­cisions of gen­er­al prin­ciple and plan­ning de­cisions.3

2Gen­er­al prin­ciple de­cisions and plan­ning de­cisions are pre­lim­in­ary de­cisions that state that cer­tain goals must be achieved, prin­ciples and cri­ter­ia must be ob­served or meas­ures must be planned.

3Gen­er­al prin­ciple de­cisions and plan­ning de­cisions shall be is­sued in the form of a simple fed­er­al de­cree. For gen­er­al prin­ciple de­cisions and plan­ning de­cisions of great­er im­port­ance, the form of a fed­er­al de­cree may be chosen.

4If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil does not ad­here to the man­dates it has been giv­en or gen­er­al prin­ciple and plan­ning de­cisions, it must provide jus­ti­fic­a­tion for do­ing so.


1 SR 172.010
2 Amended by No I 1 of the FA of 17 Dec. 2010 on the Par­ti­cip­a­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly in the Man­age­ment of Autonom­ous Units, in force since 1 Jan. 2012 (AS 2011 5859; BBl 2010 3377 3413).
3 In­ser­ted by No I 1 of the FA of 17 Dec. 2010 on the Par­ti­cip­a­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly in the Man­age­ment of Autonom­ous Units, in force since 1 Jan. 2012 (AS 2011 5859; BBl 2010 3377 3413).

Art. 29 Individual legislative acts

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall en­act in­di­vidu­al le­gis­lat­ive acts that are not sub­ject to a ref­er­en­dum in the form of a simple fed­er­al de­cree.

2In­di­vidu­al le­gis­lat­ive acts of the Fed­er­al As­sembly in re­spect of which the re­quired stat­utory basis is not found in the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion or in a fed­er­al act shall be en­acted in the form of a fed­er­al de­cree that is sub­ject to a ref­er­en­dum.

Art. 30 Further duties

The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall carry out any ad­di­tion­al du­ties that are as­signed to it by the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion or fed­er­al le­gis­la­tion.

Title 4 Organisation of the Federal Assembly

Chapter 1 General

Art. 31 Organs

The or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly are:

a.
the Na­tion­al Coun­cil;
b.
the Coun­cil of States;
c.
the United Fed­er­al As­sembly;
d.
the Presid­ing Col­leges;
e.
the Of­fices;
f.
the Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion and the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion;
g.
the com­mit­tees and their sub-com­mit­tees and del­eg­a­tions;
h.
the par­lia­ment­ary groups.

Art. 32 Seat of the Federal Assembly

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly meets in Bern.

2It may by simple fed­er­al de­cree de­cide by way of ex­cep­tion to meet at a dif­fer­ent loc­a­tion.

Art. 33 Convening meetings

1The Na­tion­al Coun­cil and the Coun­cil of States are con­vened by their Of­fices.

2The United Fed­er­al As­sembly is con­vened by the Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion.

3The Pres­id­ent of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil or, in the event of his or her in­ca­pa­city, the Pres­id­ent of the Coun­cil of States is ob­liged to con­vene the coun­cils if the se­cur­ity of the fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies is en­dangered or the Fed­er­al Coun­cil is un­able to act.

Chapter 2 The National Council and Council of States

Art. 34 Presiding Colleges

The Presid­ing Col­lege of each coun­cil com­prises the Pres­id­ent, the first Vice-Pres­id­ent and the second Vice-Pres­id­ent.

Art. 35 Offices of the councils

1Each coun­cil shall es­tab­lish an of­fice to deal with its ad­min­is­tra­tion and oth­er re­lated mat­ters.

2The of­fice of each coun­cil com­prises the mem­bers of the Presid­ing Col­lege and oth­er mem­bers as de­term­ined by the re­spect­ive reg­u­la­tions of the coun­cils.

3The rights and du­ties as­signed to the com­mit­tees by this Act also ap­ply to the Of­fices.

Art. 36 Council regulations

Each coun­cil shall is­sue reg­u­la­tions with the im­ple­ment­ing pro­vi­sions re­lat­ing to its or­gan­isa­tion and pro­ced­ure.

Art. 37 Conference for Coordination

1The Of­fice of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil and the Of­fice of the Coun­cil of States con­sti­tute the Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion.

2The Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion has the fol­low­ing du­ties:

a.1
it de­cides on the cal­en­dar week in which the or­din­ary and ex­traordin­ary ses­sions are held;
b.
it deals with busi­ness between the two coun­cils and between the coun­cils and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
c.
it may is­sue dir­ect­ives on the al­loc­a­tion of per­son­nel and fin­an­cial re­sources to the or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
d.
it elects the Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary of the Fed­er­al As­sembly. The elec­tion must be con­firmed by the United Fed­er­al As­sembly;
e.
it ap­proves the form­a­tion of new par­lia­ment­ary groups in ac­cord­ance with the cri­ter­ia stated in Art­icle 61.

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil may par­ti­cip­ate in its meet­ings in an ad­vis­ory ca­pa­city.

4The de­cisions of the Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion re­quire the agree­ment of the Of­fices of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil and of the Coun­cil of States. Elec­tions in ac­cord­ance with para­graph 2 let­ter d shall take place by an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity of the vot­ing mem­bers.

5...2


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).
2 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, with ef­fect from 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 38 Administration Delegation

1The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion com­prises three mem­bers from each of the Of­fices of the Coun­cils as ap­poin­ted by the Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion. The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion shall ap­point one of its mem­bers as its del­eg­ate. It con­sti­tutes it­self.

2The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion is re­spons­ible for the over­all man­age­ment of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment.

3The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion shall take de­cisions by a simple ma­jor­ity of its vot­ing mem­bers.

Chapter 3 United Federal Assembly

Art. 39 Office of the United Federal Assembly

1The Of­fice of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly com­prises the Presid­ing Col­leges of both Coun­cils.

2The chair­per­son is the Pres­id­ent of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil or, in the event of his or her in­ca­pa­city, the Pres­id­ent of the Coun­cil of States.

3The Of­fice shall pre­pare the meet­ings of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly.

4It may ap­point com­mit­tees of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly. They com­prise twelve mem­bers of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil and five mem­bers of the Coun­cil of States.

Art. 40 Pardons and Jurisdiction Committee

1The Par­dons and Jur­is­dic­tion Com­mit­tee con­siders ap­plic­a­tions for par­dons and de­cisions on con­flicts of jur­is­dic­tion between the su­preme fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies.

2Its pres­id­ent is elec­ted al­tern­ately from the mem­bers of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil and the mem­bers of the Coun­cil of States.

3It shall sub­mit ap­plic­a­tions for par­dons to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, which provides it with a re­port and a pro­pos­al there­on.

4It may in­spect the ap­plic­a­tion and the files on the in­vest­ig­a­tion, the court pro­ceed­ings and the ex­e­cu­tion of the judge­ment.

Art. 40a Judiciary Committee

1The Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is re­spons­ible for the pre­par­a­tion for the ap­point­ment and re­mov­al from of­fice of judges of the fed­er­al courts:

a.
of judges of the fed­er­al courts;
b.
of mem­bers of the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land;
c.
of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land and the Depu­ties of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land.2

2It is­sues pub­lic in­vit­a­tions for ap­plic­a­tions for va­cant po­s­i­tions as fed­er­al judges, the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land, or the Depu­ties of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land. If the law per­mits part-time po­s­i­tions, the level of oc­cu­pa­tion is stated in the in­vit­a­tion to ap­ply.3

3The Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee sub­mits its elec­tion nom­in­a­tions and pro­pos­als for re­mov­al from of­fice to the United Fed­er­al As­sembly.

4It de­term­ines the de­tails of the em­ploy­ment con­tracts of the judges, the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land, or the Depu­ties of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land.4

5Each par­lia­ment­ary group has the right to at least one seat on the Com­mit­tee.

6The Con­trol Com­mit­tees and the Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion shall no­ti­fy the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee of find­ings that raise ser­i­ous ques­tions as to the pro­fes­sion­al or per­son­al suit­ab­il­ity of judges, the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land, or the Depu­ties of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land.5


1 In­ser­ted by No II of the FA of 13 Dec 2003, in force since 1 Aug. 2003 (AS 2003 2119; BBl 2001 4202, 2002 1181).
2 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).
3 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).
4 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).
5 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).

Art. 41 Procedure in the United Federal Assembly

1Un­less oth­er­wise provided in this Act, the pro­vi­sions of the in­tern­al reg­u­la­tions of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil ap­ply by ana­logy to the pro­ced­ure in the United Fed­er­al As­sembly.

2The tell­ers and the sub­sti­tute tell­ers of the two cham­bers de­term­ine the res­ults of elec­tions and votes.

3If the busi­ness reg­u­la­tions of the Na­tion­al Coun­cil do not ap­ply, the United Fed­er­al As­sembly may draw up its own reg­u­la­tions.

Chapter 4 Committees

Section 1 General Provisions

Art. 42 Standing committees and special committees

1Each coun­cil shall ap­point from its mem­bers the stand­ing com­mit­tees provided for by this Act and the in­tern­al reg­u­la­tions.

2In ex­cep­tion­al cir­cum­stances, the coun­cils may ap­point spe­cial com­mit­tees.

Art. 43 Appointment of the committees

1The mem­bers of the com­mit­tees and their chair­per­sons (pres­id­ent and vice-pres­id­ent) shall be ap­poin­ted by the of­fice of the rel­ev­ant coun­cil.

2Un­less oth­er­wise provided by this Act, the chair­per­sons of joint com­mit­tees of both cham­bers and of com­mit­tees of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly shall be elec­ted by the Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion. The pres­id­ent and the vice-pres­id­ent may not be­long to the same coun­cil.

2bisThe Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion en­sures that die Pres­id­ents of the Con­trol Com­mit­tees of both cham­bers do not be­long to the same par­lia­ment­ary group.1

3The com­pos­i­tion of the com­mit­tees and the al­loc­a­tion of seats among the com­mit­tee chair­per­sons are de­term­ined by the strengths of the par­lia­ment­ary groups in the rel­ev­ant cham­ber. Wherever pos­sible, ap­pro­pri­ate ac­count should be taken of the of­fi­cial lan­guages and re­gions of the coun­try.

4The term of of­fice of the mem­bers of the stand­ing com­mit­tees is de­term­ined by the re­spect­ive reg­u­la­tions of the coun­cils.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 44 Duties

1In ac­cord­ance with the terms of ref­er­ence un­der this Act or the rules of busi­ness, the com­mit­tees have the fol­low­ing du­ties:

a.
they con­duct a pre­lim­in­ary dis­cus­sion of the busi­ness re­ferred to them for the at­ten­tion of their coun­cil;
b.
they con­sider and de­cide on the busi­ness re­ferred to them for fi­nal de­cision in terms of this Act;
c.
they mon­it­or the so­cial and polit­ic­al de­vel­op­ments in their areas of re­spons­ib­il­ity;
d.
they draw up pro­pos­als rel­ev­ant to their areas of re­spons­ib­il­ity;
e. 1
they are re­spons­ible for im­pact as­sess­ments in their areas of re­spons­ib­il­ity. They sub­mit re­lated pro­pos­als to the com­pet­ent bod­ies of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, or is­sue re­lated man­dates to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
f.
they take ac­count of the res­ults of im­pact as­sess­ments.

2The com­mit­tees shall sub­mit re­ports on the busi­ness re­ferred to them and their pro­pos­als there­on to their re­spect­ive coun­cil.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 45 General powers

1In or­der to ful­fil their du­ties, the com­mit­tees may:

a.
sub­mit par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ives, par­lia­ment­ary pro­ced­ur­al re­quests and pro­pos­als and com­pile re­ports;
b.
con­sult ex­tern­al ex­perts;
c.
con­sult rep­res­ent­at­ives of the can­tons and in­terest groups;
d.
con­duct in­spec­tions.

2The com­mit­tees may ap­point sub-com­mit­tees from their mem­bers. These shall re­port and sub­mit pro­pos­als to the com­mit­tee. Joint sub-com­mit­tees may be ap­poin­ted by two or more com­mit­tees.

Art. 46 Procedure in the committees

1The com­mit­tees are gov­erned by the pro­ced­ur­al rules of their re­spect­ive coun­cil, un­less this Act or the re­spect­ive reg­u­la­tions of the coun­cils provide oth­er­wise.

2Res­ol­u­tions of joint com­mit­tees of both cham­bers re­quire the agree­ment of the ma­jor­ity of the vot­ing mem­bers from each coun­cil, un­less this Act provides oth­er­wise.

3Per­sons in the ser­vice of the Con­fed­er­a­tion must nor­mally provide writ­ten doc­u­ments and visu­al present­a­tions for the com­mit­tees in two of­fi­cial lan­guages. Ex­tern­al ex­perts and rep­res­ent­at­ives of can­tons and in­terest groups shall be no­ti­fied in the in­vit­a­tion to the com­mit­tee meet­ing that they should, if pos­sible, take ac­count of com­mit­tee be­ing mul­ti­lin­gual.1


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 47 Confidentiality

1The dis­cus­sions in the com­mit­tees are con­fid­en­tial; in par­tic­u­lar, no in­form­a­tion may be provided on the opin­ions of in­di­vidu­al par­ti­cipants in meet­ings or on the way in which they voted.

2The com­mit­tees may de­cide to hold pub­lic hear­ings.

Art. 47a Classification of minutes and other documents

1Minutes of meet­ings and oth­er com­mit­tee doc­u­ments must be clas­si­fied; the ex­cep­tion be­ing doc­u­ments that are already pub­licly avail­able be­fore be­ing passed to the com­mit­tee.

2The com­mit­tees may de­clas­si­fy their doc­u­ments and make them pub­licly avail­able, with the ex­cep­tion of the minutes of their meet­ings. The con­di­tions for ac­cess­ing doc­u­ments are reg­u­lated in an or­din­ance is­sued by the Fed­er­al As­sembly.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 48 Information for the general public

The com­mit­tees shall in­form the gen­er­al pub­lic of the res­ults of their de­lib­er­a­tions.

Art. 49 Coordination between the committees

1The com­mit­tees of each coun­cil shall co­ordin­ate their activ­it­ies with each oth­er and with the com­mit­tees of the oth­er coun­cil that are con­sid­er­ing the same or sim­il­ar is­sues.

2The pro­cure­ment of in­form­a­tion or the cla­ri­fic­a­tion of is­sues may be car­ried out in joint meet­ings or these tasks may be as­signed to a single com­mit­tee.

3The Con­trol Com­mit­tees and the Fin­ance Com­mit­tees may hold joint pre­lim­in­ary dis­cus­sions of the an­nu­al re­port and ac­counts.

4In the case of mat­ters con­cern­ing more than one area of re­spons­ib­il­ity, oth­er com­mit­tees may sub­mit re­ports to the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.

5...1


1 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), with ef­fect from 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Section 2 Finance Committees

Art. 50 Duties of the Finance Committees

1The Fin­ance Com­mit­tees (FCs) are re­spons­ible for the fin­an­cial man­age­ment of the Con­fed­er­a­tion; they shall con­duct a pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion of the fin­an­cial plan­ning, the draft budget and its sup­ple­ments and the state ac­counts. They ex­er­cise su­per­vis­ory con­trol over the en­tire fin­an­cial budget in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 26 para­graph 2, un­less this Act provides oth­er­wise.

2They may sub­mit re­ports re­gard­ing le­gis­lat­ive bills with sub­stan­tial fin­an­cial re­per­cus­sions to the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for their pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion. Such le­gis­lat­ive bills may be re­ferred to them for an ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­port or for a pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.1

3The Fin­ance Com­mit­tees shall be in­vited to re­port on drafts for ap­pro­pri­ation cred­its and pay­ment lim­its that are not as­signed to them for pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion. They have the same rights as the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion with re­gard to rep­res­ent­ing their pro­pos­als in the As­sembly.2


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
2 In­ser­ted by An­nex No 1 of the FA of 26 Sept. 2014 (New Man­age­ment Mod­el for the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion), in force since 1 Ju­ly 2015 (AS 2015 1583; BBl 2014 767).

Art. 51 Finance Delegation

1The Fin­ance Com­mit­tees shall each ap­point three of their mem­bers and a per­man­ent deputy for each of those mem­bers to the Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion (FinD­el). The Del­eg­a­tion con­sti­tutes it­self.1

2The Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion is re­spons­ible for the de­tailed ex­am­in­a­tion and su­per­vi­sion of the en­tire fin­an­cial budget.

3The deal­ings between the Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion and the Fed­er­al Audit Of­fice are gov­erned by Art­icles 14, 15 and 18 of the Fed­er­al Act of 28 June 19672 on the Fed­er­al Audit Of­fice.

4The Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion shall sub­mit re­ports and pro­pos­als to the Fin­ance Com­mit­tees.

5It may con­sider oth­er items of busi­ness and no­ti­fy the Fin­ance Com­mit­tees or oth­er com­mit­tees of its find­ings.

6It shall reach de­cisions by a simple ma­jor­ity of its vot­ing mem­bers.


1 Amended by No I 2 of the FA of 17 Dec. 2010 on Safe­guard­ing Demo­cracy, the Rule of Law and the Ca­pa­city to Act in Ex­traordin­ary Situ­ations, in force since 1 May 2011 (AS 2011 1381; BBl 2010 1563 2803).
2 SR 614.0

Section 3 Control Committees

Art. 52 Duties of the Control Committees

1The Con­trol Com­mit­tees (CC) ex­er­cise su­per­vis­ory con­trol over the con­duct of busi­ness in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 26 para­graphs 1, 3 and 4.

2Their su­per­vis­ory activ­it­ies fo­cus on the cri­ter­ia of leg­al­ity, ex­pedi­ency and ef­fect­ive­ness.

Art. 53 Control Delegation

1The Con­trol Com­mit­tees each ap­point three of their mem­bers to the Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion (CDel). The Del­eg­a­tion con­sti­tutes it­self.

2The Del­eg­a­tion su­per­vises activ­it­ies in the field of state se­cur­ity and the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices and su­per­vises state activ­it­ies in mat­ters that must be kept secret be­cause their dis­clos­ure to un­au­thor­ised per­sons may be ser­i­ously det­ri­ment­al to na­tion­al in­terests.1

3It ac­cepts ad­di­tion­al spe­cif­ic man­dates that are as­signed to it by a Con­trol Com­mit­tee.

3bisThe Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall in­form the Del­eg­a­tion at the latest 24 hours after mak­ing its de­cision of or­ders to safe­guard the in­terests of the coun­try or to safe­guard in­tern­al or ex­tern­al se­cur­ity.2

4The Del­eg­a­tion shall sub­mit re­ports and its pro­pos­als there­on to the Con­trol Com­mit­tees.3

5It reaches de­cisions by a simple ma­jor­ity of its vot­ing mem­bers.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).
2 In­ser­ted by No I 2 of the FA of 17 Dec. 2010 on Safe­guard­ing Demo­cracy, the Rule of Law and the Ca­pa­city to Act in Ex­traordin­ary Situ­ations, in force since 1 May 2011 (AS 2011 1381; BBl 2010 1563 2803).
3 Amended by No I 2 of the FA of 17 Dec. 2010 on Safe­guard­ing Demo­cracy, the Rule of Law and the Ca­pa­city to Act in Ex­traordin­ary Situ­ations, in force since 1 May 2011 (AS 2011 1381; BBl 2010 1563 2803).

Section 4 Reporting to the Council

Art. 54


1 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), with ef­fect from 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 55 ...

The Fin­ance and Con­trol Com­mit­tees shall re­port to their re­spect­ive coun­cil once a year on the prin­cip­al res­ults of their work.


1 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), with ef­fect from 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Section 5 Drafting Committee

Art. 56 Composition and organisation

1The Draft­ing Com­mit­tee (DrC) is a joint com­mit­tee of both cham­bers.

2It con­sists of three sub-com­mit­tees, cor­res­pond­ing to each of the of­fi­cial lan­guages of the Con­fed­er­a­tion.

3The Com­mit­tee con­sti­tutes it­self.

4It shall reach de­cisions by a simple ma­jor­ity of its vot­ing mem­bers.

Art. 57 Duties and procedure

1The Draft­ing Com­mit­tee veri­fies the word­ing of le­gis­lat­ive texts and de­term­ines the fi­nal ver­sion pri­or to the fi­nal vote.

1bisIt is also re­spons­ible for ed­it­or­i­al cor­rec­tions which are not sub­ject to a fi­nal vote in le­gis­lat­ive texts.1

2It en­sures that the texts are for­mu­lated in a con­cise and un­der­stand­able man­ner. It shall ex­am­ine wheth­er they con­form to the in­ten­tions of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, and en­sures that the ver­sions in the three of­fi­cial lan­guages are con­sist­ent.

3The Draft­ing Com­mit­tee is not au­thor­ised to carry out any ma­ter­i­al cor­rec­tions. If it en­coun­ters any ma­ter­i­al omis­sions, am­bi­gu­ities or con­tra­dic­tions, it must in­form the Pres­id­ents of the coun­cils.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 58 Corrections made after the final vote

1Where, fol­low­ing the fi­nal vote, an er­ror of form or word­ing that does not con­form with the res­ults of the par­lia­ment­ary de­lib­er­a­tions is dis­covered, the Draft­ing Com­mit­tee shall in­struct the re­quired cor­rec­tions to be made pri­or to pub­lic­a­tion in the Of­fi­cial Com­pil­a­tion of Fed­er­al Le­gis­la­tion. An in­dic­a­tion must be giv­en of the cor­rec­tions made.

2Fol­low­ing the pub­lic­a­tion of a le­gis­lat­ive en­act­ment in the Of­fi­cial Com­pil­a­tion of Fed­er­al Le­gis­la­tion, the Draft­ing Com­mit­tee may in­struct the cor­rec­tion of ob­vi­ous er­rors and al­ter­a­tions of a form­al nature. An in­dic­a­tion must be giv­en of the cor­rec­tions made.

3The mem­bers of the Fed­er­al As­sembly must be in­formed of ma­jor cor­rec­tions.

Art. 59 Implementing regulations

An or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall reg­u­late the de­tails of the com­pos­i­tion and du­ties of the Draft­ing Com­mit­tee as well as the pro­ced­ure for the veri­fic­a­tion of le­gis­lat­ive bills pri­or to the fi­nal vote and for the in­struc­tion of cor­rec­tions fol­low­ing the fi­nal vote and fol­low­ing pub­lic­a­tion.

Section 6 Delegations to International Assemblies and for the Maintenance of International Relations

Art. 60

The or­gan­isa­tion, du­ties and pro­ced­ures of del­eg­a­tions that rep­res­ent the Fed­er­al As­sembly at in­ter­na­tion­al par­lia­ment­ary con­fer­ences or in bi­lat­er­al deal­ings with par­lia­ments of third coun­tries are reg­u­lated in an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

Chapter 5 Parliamentary Groups

Art. 61 Formation

1Par­lia­ment­ary groups are com­posed of the as­sembly mem­bers who be­long to the same party.

2Mem­bers who do not be­long to a party or who be­long to more than one party may, provided they share sim­il­ar polit­ic­al views, form their own par­lia­ment­ary groups.

3A par­lia­ment­ary group must con­sist of a min­im­um of five mem­bers from one of the two cham­bers.

4Each par­lia­ment­ary group must no­ti­fy the Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary of the Fed­er­al As­sembly of its form­a­tion, its mem­bers, its chair­per­son and its sec­ret­ary.

Art. 62 Duties and rights

1Par­lia­ment­ary groups con­duct a pre­lim­in­ary dis­cus­sion of the busi­ness to be sub­mit­ted to the cham­bers.

2They have the right to sub­mit par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ives, par­lia­ment­ary pro­ced­ur­al re­quests, pro­pos­als and elec­tion nom­in­a­tions.

3The rules of busi­ness may provide for fur­ther rights for par­lia­ment­ary groups.

4Par­lia­ment­ary groups may es­tab­lish their own sec­ret­ari­ats. These re­ceive the same doc­u­ments as the as­sembly mem­bers and are sub­ject to of­fi­cial secrecy in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 8.

5Par­lia­ment­ary groups shall re­ceive a sub­sidy to cov­er the costs of their sec­ret­ari­ats. The de­tails of the fore­go­ing are reg­u­lated by the Par­lia­ment­ary Re­sources Act of 18 March 19881.


Chapter 6 Cross-Party Groups

Art. 63

1As­sembly mem­bers who share an in­terest in a spe­cif­ic mat­ter may join to­geth­er to form a cross-party group. These groups must be open to all as­sembly mem­bers.

2The groups must no­ti­fy the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices of their form­a­tion and of their mem­bers. The Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices keeps a pub­lic re­gister of cross-party groups.

3The cross-party groups are en­titled, as far as pos­sible, to ad­min­is­trat­ive as­sist­ance and to con­fer­ence rooms.

4They are not en­titled to act as the rep­res­ent­at­ives of the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

Chapter 7 Administration of Parliament

Art. 64 Duties of the Parliamentary Services

1The Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices as­sist the Fed­er­al As­sembly in the ful­fil­ment of its du­ties.

2They carry out the fol­low­ing tasks:

a.
they plan and or­gan­ise the ses­sions and the meet­ings of the com­mit­tees;
b.
they are re­spons­ible for provid­ing sec­ret­ari­al ser­vices, car­ry­ing out trans­la­tion work and tak­ing the minutes of the res­ol­u­tions and de­bates of the coun­cils, the United Fed­er­al As­sembly and the com­mit­tees;
c.
they keep re­cords and of­fer ser­vices in re­la­tion to re­cords and in­form­a­tion tech­no­lo­gies;
cbis.1 they op­er­ate in­form­a­tion sys­tems used to eval­u­ate data for the ful­fil­ment of the tasks of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, its or­gans and the mem­bers of the Coun­cils; this data pro­cessing may also in­clude par­tic­u­larly sens­it­ive per­son­al data; a Fed­er­al As­sembly or­din­ance shall spe­cify the sources used for this pur­pose and reg­u­late ac­cess au­thor­isa­tions and how this data may be dis­closed;
d.
they ad­vise the as­sembly mem­bers, and in par­tic­u­lar the Presid­ing Col­leges of the Coun­cils and the chair­per­sons of the com­mit­tees on fac­tu­al and pro­ced­ur­al mat­ters;
e.
they in­form the gen­er­al pub­lic about the Fed­er­al As­sembly and its activ­it­ies;
f.
they as­sist the Fed­er­al As­sembly in its activ­it­ies with re­gard to in­ter­na­tion­al re­la­tions;
g.
sub­ject to the re­ser­va­tion of the com­pet­en­cies of the or­gans of the coun­cils, they are re­spons­ible for all oth­er tasks rel­ev­ant to the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment.

1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 16 March 2018 (Up-to-date par­lia­ment­ary in­form­a­tion and doc­u­ment­a­tion ser­vices), in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3547; BBl 2017 6877 6889).

Art. 65 Management of the Parliamentary Services

1The Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices are sub­ject to the su­per­vi­sion of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion.

2The Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary of the Fed­er­al As­sembly is re­spons­ible for the man­age­ment of the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices.

3If of­fices of the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices act for or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, then they work in ac­cord­ance with their in­struc­tions.

Art. 66 Appointment of the Parliamentary Services staff

Or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly as well as the Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary of the Fed­er­al As­sembly are au­thor­ised by an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly to ap­point the staff of the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices.

Art. 67 Rights to information

The of­fices of the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices have the same rights to in­form­a­tion as the or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly on be­half of which they are act­ing.

Art. 68 Involvement of the Federal Administration

1The or­gans of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, and the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices when act­ing on their be­half, may call on the ser­vices of of­fices of the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion in or­der to ful­fil their du­ties.

2Such in­volve­ment must take place with the con­sent of the ap­pro­pri­ate De­part­ment or of the Fed­er­al Chan­cellery.

3In the event of any dis­agree­ment, the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion shall de­cide after con­sult­ing the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

Art. 69 Right to use Assembly chambers and access to the Parliament Building

1The right to use the As­sembly cham­bers is reg­u­lated by the Pres­id­ents of the Coun­cils, and the right to use the oth­er premises of the Fed­er­al As­sembly and the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices is reg­u­lated by the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion.

2Each as­sembly mem­ber may have an entry pass is­sued for a spe­cified peri­od to any two per­sons who wish to have ac­cess to the parts of the Par­lia­ment Build­ing that are not ac­cess­ible to the pub­lic. The de­tails of these per­sons and their func­tions must be re­cor­ded in a re­gister that is avail­able for pub­lic in­spec­tion.

Art. 70 Implementing regulations

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall en­act in the form of or­din­ances of the Fed­er­al As­sembly the im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tions that de­term­ine the rules for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment.

2Un­less an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly provides oth­er­wise, the im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tions of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil or of any of its sub­or­din­ate of­fices that ap­ply to the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion are ap­plied in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Par­lia­ment.

3Powers that are ac­cor­ded to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil or to any of its sub­or­din­ate of­fices by such im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tions shall be ex­er­cised by the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion or Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary of the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

Title 5 Procedure in the Federal Assembly

Chapter 1 General Procedural Provisions

Art. 71 Business for consideration

Busi­ness in the Fed­er­al As­sembly in­cludes in par­tic­u­lar:

a.
drafts made by its com­mit­tees or by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil of le­gis­lat­ive en­act­ments of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
b.
par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ives and mo­tions of its mem­bers, par­lia­ment­ary groups and com­mit­tees as well as can­ton­al ini­ti­at­ives;
c.
re­ports from its com­mit­tees or from the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
d.
nom­in­a­tions for elec­tions and pro­pos­als re­lat­ing to the con­firm­a­tion of elec­tion nom­in­a­tions;
e.
pro­pos­als re­lat­ing to pro­ced­ure made by its mem­bers, par­lia­ment­ary groups, com­mit­tees or by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
f.
de­clar­a­tions of the coun­cils or of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
g.
pe­ti­tions and sub­mis­sions;
h.
ap­peals, ap­plic­a­tions and ob­jec­tions.

Art. 72 Submission of business

1Busi­ness ori­gin­at­ing from mem­bers or or­gans of the coun­cils shall be­come pending in the coun­cils on its sub­mis­sion to the Par­lia­ment­ary Sec­ret­ari­at.

2Pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ives and re­quests made by a can­ton for the guar­an­tee of its con­sti­tu­tion shall be­come pending in the As­sembly on their sub­mis­sion to the Fed­er­al Chan­cellery.

3Oth­er busi­ness shall be­come pending in both cham­bers of the Fed­er­al As­sembly on its sub­mis­sion to the As­sembly.

Art. 73 Withdrawal of business

1Busi­ness may be with­drawn by its ori­gin­at­or at any time be­fore either cham­ber has taken a de­cision there­on for the first time.

2A par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive or a can­ton­al ini­ti­at­ive may no longer be with­drawn after it has been en­dorsed by a com­mit­tee en­trus­ted with its pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil may not with­draw busi­ness that it has in­tro­duced.

Art. 74 Procedure for legislative bills

1Each coun­cil shall con­sider and de­cide first of all wheth­er it wishes to ap­prove the in­tro­duc­tion of a bill (in­tro­duct­ory de­bate).

2If it ap­proves the in­tro­duc­tion of a bill, it must there­after ex­am­ine the en­act­ment art­icle by art­icle (de­tailed con­sid­er­a­tion).

3In­tro­duc­tion shall be man­dat­ory in the case of pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ives, budgets, an­nu­al re­ports, ac­counts, ob­jec­tions to treat­ies between can­tons or between can­tons and for­eign states, the guar­an­tee of can­ton­al con­sti­tu­tions, and in re­la­tion to the le­gis­lature plan and the fin­an­cial plan.1

4After the con­clu­sion of the first de­tailed con­sid­er­a­tion, a vote is taken in each cham­ber on the text in its en­tirety. If ap­prov­al of in­tro­duc­tion is man­dat­ory, no vote is taken on the text in its en­tirety oth­er than in the case of budgets and ac­counts.

5If a bill is re­jec­ted by a cham­ber in the vote on the en­tire text, this is equi­val­ent to non-ap­prov­al of in­tro­duc­tion. The re­jec­tion of a budget or of ac­counts in the vote on the en­tire text is equi­val­ent to a re­fer­ral back to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

6If a bill is ap­proved for in­tro­duc­tion, it may be aban­doned at the re­quest of the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion or the Fed­er­al Coun­cil if it has be­come un­ne­ces­sary.2


1 Amended by An­nex No 1 of the FA of 26 Sept. 2014 (New Man­age­ment Mod­el for the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion), in force since 1 Jan. 2016 (AS 2015 1583; BBl 2014 767).
2 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 75 Referral for review

1Either coun­cil may refer a bill that it has ap­proved for in­tro­duc­tion, or any oth­er item of busi­ness, back to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil or the com­mit­tee en­trus­ted with its ex­am­in­a­tion for re­view or amend­ment.

2It may also refer in­di­vidu­al sec­tions or pro­vi­sions for re­view at a later stage in the de­lib­er­a­tions.

3The pro­pos­al for re­fer­ral must in­dic­ate what should be re­viewed, amended or ad­ded.

Art. 76 Proposals

1Any as­sembly mem­ber may sub­mit pro­pos­als on a pending mat­ter for con­sid­er­a­tion in the coun­cil and in the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion. He or she may ap­ply to the rel­ev­ant com­mit­tee for the sub­mis­sion of a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive or of a com­mit­tee mo­tion.

1bisA bill may only be sub­mit­ted with a pro­pos­al if thereby:

a.
a pending bill is to be di­vided up;
b.
a counter-pro­pos­al is to be made to a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive on the same con­sti­tu­tion­al is­sue (Art. 101).1

2Pro­pos­als that re­late to pro­ced­ure (points of or­der) must nor­mally be dealt with im­me­di­ately.

3A re­con­sid­er­a­tion of any de­cision made may be re­ques­ted by means of a point of or­der un­til a cham­ber has con­cluded its de­lib­er­a­tions on an item of busi­ness.2

3bisA point of or­der re­quest­ing the re­con­sid­er­a­tion of a de­cision on in­tro­duc­tion is not per­mit­ted.3

3terA point of or­der re­quest­ing the re­peat of a vote con­clud­ing the Coun­cil’s de­lib­er­a­tions on an item of busi­ness may only be made im­me­di­ately after the vote.4

4Pro­pos­als that have been re­jec­ted by the ma­jor­ity of a com­mit­tee may be sub­mit­ted as minor­ity pro­pos­als.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
3 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
4 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 77 Urgency clause

1Where it is in­ten­ded that a draft Fed­er­al Act be de­clared ur­gent, the ur­gency clause shall be ex­emp­ted from the vote on the en­act­ment in its en­tirety.

2A de­cision on the ur­gency clause may be made only after a suc­cess­ful res­ol­u­tion of dif­fer­ences.

3If the ur­gency clause is re­jec­ted, the Draft­ing Com­mit­tee shall cor­rect the word­ing of the pro­vi­sions on the ref­er­en­dum and its entry in­to force after con­sult­ing the pres­id­ents of the com­mit­tees en­trus­ted with the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.1


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 78 Voting procedure

1Where a ques­tion may be di­vided in­to more than one part, each part may, on re­quest, be voted on sep­ar­ately.

2If two pro­pos­als in re­spect of the same sub­ject mat­ter have been sub­mit­ted and they either re­late to the same part of the text or mu­tu­ally ex­clude each oth­er, a vote is held on which of the two is to be ac­cep­ted.

3If it is not pos­sible to vote on which pro­pos­al to ac­cept, then the pro­pos­als shall be voted on in­di­vidu­ally.

4No vote is held on un­op­posed pro­pos­als.

5The num­ber of votes is al­ways coun­ted in the case of:

a.
votes on en­tire bills;
b.
votes on a com­prom­ise mo­tion;
c.
votes on pro­vi­sions re­quir­ing the agree­ment of a ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of each of the two par­lia­ment­ary cham­bers (Art. 159 para. 3 Cst.);
d.
fi­nal votes.1

1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 79 Elimination vote

1If more than two pro­pos­als have been made on the same sub­ject mat­ter, then an elim­in­a­tion vote must be held un­til a vote can be held on which of two pro­pos­als is to be ac­cep­ted.

2The or­der of vot­ing on the pro­pos­als must be struc­tured in such a way that a vote is held first on the pro­pos­als that dif­fer the least from each oth­er in con­tent, work­ing through the pro­pos­als un­til those that dif­fer the most are reached.

3If it is not pos­sible to de­cide on the or­der of vot­ing ac­cord­ing to the cri­ter­ia laid down in para­graph 2, an elim­in­a­tion vote is held deal­ing firstly with the pro­pos­als of the as­sembly mem­bers, then the pro­pos­als of the com­mit­tee minor­it­ies and fi­nally the pro­pos­al of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil. A vote is then held to de­cide between the pro­pos­al that wins the elim­in­a­tion vote and the pro­pos­al of the com­mit­tee ma­jor­ity.

4The or­der of vot­ing on the pro­pos­als may not be altered by a con­tin­gent pro­pos­al.1


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 80 Voting by the Council President

1The Coun­cil Pres­id­ent shall not par­ti­cip­ate in the vote. In the event of a tie, the Pres­id­ent shall have the cast­ing vote.

2If the agree­ment of the ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of each coun­cil is re­quired, the Coun­cil Pres­id­ent shall par­ti­cip­ate in the vote.

Art. 81 Final vote

1A fi­nal vote shall be held on:

a.
a fed­er­al act;
b.
an or­din­ance of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
c.
a fed­er­al de­cree that is sub­ject to a man­dat­ory or an op­tion­al ref­er­en­dum.1

1bisThe fi­nal vote shall be held as soon as the cham­bers have reached un­an­im­ous de­cisions on the bill and have ap­proved the word­ing re­vised by the Draft­ing Com­mit­tee. The two cham­bers shall hold the fi­nal vote on the same day.2

2If both cham­bers ap­prove the bill then the en­act­ment has been passed by the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

3If one or both cham­bers re­ject the bill then the en­act­ment is not passed.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
2 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 82 Publication of the voting results

The Stand­ing Or­ders of the Coun­cils shall de­term­ine the cases in which the res­ult of the vote is pub­lished in the form of a list of mem­bers’ names with the votes they cast.

Chapter 2 Procedure between the Chambers

Section 1 Cooperation between the Chambers

Art. 83 Joint decrees of the chambers

1Fed­er­al As­sembly de­crees re­quire the agree­ment of both cham­bers.

2A joint de­cree is not re­quired in re­spect of pe­ti­tions and re­ports that are sub­mit­ted for in­form­a­tion pur­poses.

Art. 84 Designation of the first chamber

1Busi­ness that must be dealt with sep­ar­ately by the two cham­bers shall be al­loc­ated to one of the Cham­bers for pri­or con­sid­er­a­tion (the first cham­ber).

2The pres­id­ents of the cham­bers shall de­cide on the al­loc­a­tion of busi­ness. If they are un­able to reach an agree­ment, the mat­ter shall be de­cided by draw­ing lots.

Art. 85 Schedule for dealing with business in the chambers

1Draft amend­ments to the Con­sti­tu­tion and non-ur­gent fed­er­al acts are not nor­mally con­sidered for the first time by both cham­bers in the same ses­sion.

2The Con­fer­ence for Co­ordin­a­tion may in re­sponse to an ap­plic­a­tion by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil or a com­mit­tee de­cide that an item of busi­ness in ac­cord­ance with para­graph 1 will by way of ex­cep­tion be con­sidered by both cham­bers for the first time in the same ses­sion.

Art. 86 Passing business on to the other chamber

1Busi­ness that must be con­sidered by both cham­bers and which has been voted on by one cham­ber must then be passed on to the oth­er cham­ber for con­sid­er­a­tion.

2The first cham­ber may con­sider the mat­ter again only after the oth­er cham­ber has voted on it.

3Where the drafts of more than one bill are sub­mit­ted to the Fed­er­al As­sembly ac­com­pan­ied by the same Fed­er­al Coun­cil dis­patch or a re­port, these bills may be passed on in­di­vidu­ally to the oth­er cham­ber after the first cham­ber has voted on them all.

4A fed­er­al de­cree on the counter pro­pos­al to a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive must be passed on to the oth­er cham­ber with the fed­er­al de­cree on the re­lated pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive.1


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 87 Referral to the Federal Council and adjournment of the procedure

1If one cham­ber refers an item of busi­ness in its en­tirety back to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, it must give no­tice of its de­cision to the oth­er cham­ber.

2If the oth­er cham­ber does not agree with the de­cision to refer the mat­ter back, the re­fer­ral will still take ef­fect provided the first cham­ber con­firms its ini­tial de­cision.

3The same pro­ced­ure also ap­plies to the de­cision of a cham­ber to ad­journ the dis­cus­sion of an item of busi­ness for a peri­od that is ex­pec­ted to ex­ceed one year (sus­pen­sion of busi­ness).

Art. 88 Sharing the discussion of a bill

1By way of ex­cep­tion, a large bill may be di­vided up by joint de­cision of both cham­bers and may be passed on to the oth­er cham­ber in parts be­fore the bill has been voted on in its en­tirety.

2Pri­or to a vote be­ing taken on the bill in its en­tirety, the mem­bers of either cham­ber may move that any pro­vi­sion of the en­tire bill be re­con­sidered.

3Where either of the two cham­bers re­jects the pro­pos­al to di­vide the bill and if the cham­ber that has re­jec­ted the di­vi­sion con­firms its de­cision, the bill is passed on to the oth­er cham­ber only after a vote has been taken on the bill in its en­tirety.

Section 2 Resolution of Differences between the Chambers

Art. 89 Procedure in the event of differences

1Where, fol­low­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of a bill, there are dif­fer­ences between the cham­bers, the di­ver­gent de­cisions of each cham­ber shall be re­ferred to the oth­er cham­ber for con­sid­er­a­tion, un­til agree­ment is reached between the two cham­bers.

2Fol­low­ing the ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tion in each cham­ber, any fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion shall be lim­ited ex­clus­ively to the is­sues on which no agree­ment has been reached.

3A cham­ber may re­con­sider any oth­er is­sue only if this be­comes ne­ces­sary as a res­ult of de­cisions taken in the in­ter­ven­ing peri­od or if the pre­lim­in­ary con­sulta­tion com­mit­tees of both cham­bers move jointly for the is­sue to be re­con­sidered.

Art. 90 Abandonment of a bill

The cham­bers may in re­sponse to a joint mo­tion from their re­spect­ive pre­lim­in­ary con­sulta­tion com­mit­tees aban­don a bill dur­ing or on com­ple­tion of the pro­ced­ure for the res­ol­u­tion of dif­fer­ences.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 91 Appointment of a conciliation committee

1If there are still dif­fer­ences fol­low­ing three de­tailed dis­cus­sions in each cham­ber, a con­cili­ation com­mit­tee shall be ap­poin­ted. This com­mit­tee is re­spons­ible for seek­ing a com­prom­ise solu­tion.

2The pre­lim­in­ary con­sulta­tion com­mit­tees shall each con­trib­ute 13 mem­bers to the con­cili­ation com­mit­tee. If the pre­lim­in­ary con­sulta­tion com­mit­tee of a cham­ber com­prises few­er than 13 mem­bers, ad­di­tion­al mem­bers must be ad­ded to reach this num­ber. The com­pos­i­tion of the del­eg­a­tions from each com­mit­tee is gov­erned by Art­icle 43 para­graph 3.

3The com­mit­tee pres­id­ent of the first cham­ber shall chair the con­cili­ation com­mit­tee. The pres­id­ent's deputy and the mem­bers of the con­cili­ation com­mit­tee are ap­poin­ted in ac­cord­ance with the rel­ev­ant pro­vi­sions of the Stand­ing Or­ders.1


1 Second sen­tence in­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 92 Decisions of the conciliation committee

1The con­cili­ation com­mit­tee is quor­ate when a ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of each of the two del­eg­a­tions is present. The quor­um must be ex­pressly con­firmed.

2The con­cili­ation com­mit­tee reaches its de­cisions on the basis of the ma­jor­ity of the votes cast by its mem­bers. The com­mit­tee pres­id­ent may par­ti­cip­ate in the vote. In the event of a tie, the pres­id­ent has the cast­ing vote.

3The con­cili­ation com­mit­tee shall pro­pose a com­prom­ise mo­tion that elim­in­ates the re­main­ing dif­fer­ences in their en­tirety.

Art. 93 Procedure for dealing with the compromise motion in the chambers

1The com­prom­ise mo­tion shall be sub­mit­ted first of all to the first cham­ber and, provided it votes in fa­vour of the mo­tion in its en­tirety, it shall then be sub­mit­ted to the oth­er cham­ber.

2If the com­prom­ise mo­tion is re­jec­ted by either of the cham­bers, the bill must be aban­doned.

Art. 94 Settlement of differences on the budget and on supplementary credits

Where a com­prom­ise mo­tion on a Fed­er­al De­cree on the Fed­er­al Budget or a sup­ple­ment­ary cred­it is re­jec­ted, the de­cree based on the third round of de­lib­er­a­tions that provides for a lower amount shall be ac­cep­ted.

Art. 94a Settlement of differences relating to legislature plan and financial plan

1If the fed­er­al de­cree on the le­gis­lature plan is the sub­ject of dif­fer­ences between the cham­bers fol­low­ing the first read­ing of the bill, the con­cili­ation com­mit­tee shall be ap­poin­ted.

2In the case of the fed­er­al de­crees on the le­gis­lature plan and the fin­an­cial plan, the con­cili­ation com­mit­tee shall pro­pose a com­prom­ise mo­tion in re­spect of each dif­fer­ence. A sep­ar­ate vote is held on each mo­tion.3

3If any mo­tion is re­jec­ted, the re­lated pro­vi­sion shall be de­leted.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 22 June 2007 (Le­gis­lature Plan), in force since 1 Dec. 2007 (AS 2007 5231; BBl 2006 1837 1857).
2 Amended by An­nex No 1 of the FA of 26 Sept. 2014 (New Man­age­ment Mod­el for the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion), in force since 1 Jan. 2016 (AS 2015 1583; BBl 2014 767).
3 Amended by An­nex No 1 of the FA of 26 Sept. 2014 (New Man­age­ment Mod­el for the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion), in force since 1 Jan. 2016 (AS 2015 1583; BBl 2014 767).

Art. 95 Settlement of differences in special cases

If the di­ver­gent de­cisions of the two cham­bers re­late to an en­tire item of busi­ness, the second re­jec­tion by either cham­ber is fi­nal. The fore­go­ing ap­plies in par­tic­u­lar to:

a.
the in­tro­duc­tion of bill;
b.
the ac­cept­ance of a bill in the vote on the bill in its en­tirety;
c.
the ap­prov­al of a treaty un­der in­ter­na­tion­al law;
d.
the guar­an­tee of a can­ton­al con­sti­tu­tion;
e.
an opin­ion on a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive in the form of a gen­er­al pro­pos­al;
f.
the ur­gency clause;
g.1
the de­cision on wheth­er a can­ton­al ini­ti­at­ive should be en­dorsed;
h.
the ap­prov­al of Fed­er­al Coun­cil or­din­ances;
i.2
...
j.
the con­tinu­ation of an item of busi­ness in re­spect of which a mo­tion for aban­don­ment has been made.

1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
2 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Re­quests to lift Im­munity), with ef­fect from 5 Dec. 2011 (AS 2011 4627; BBl 2010 7345 7385).

Chapter 3 Procedure for Popular Initiatives

Section 1 Popular Initiative for the Complete Revision of the Federal Constitution

Art. 96

Where a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive for the com­plete re­vi­sion of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion is de­clared suc­cess­ful, the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall sub­mit the ini­ti­at­ive to the vote of the people.

Section 2 Popular Initiative for the Partial Revision of the Federal Constitution

a. General Provisions

Art. 97 Federal Council dispatch and draft decree

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly:

a.
at the latest one year after sub­mis­sion of a suc­cess­ful pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive, a dis­patch and the draft of a fed­er­al de­cree for the con­sid­er­a­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
b.
at the latest one year after the ap­prov­al of the people or of the Fed­er­al As­sembly of an ini­ti­at­ive sub­mit­ted in the form of a gen­er­al pro­pos­al, a dis­patch and the draft of a fed­er­al de­cree for a par­tial re­vi­sion of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion.

2If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil de­cides to draw up a draft fed­er­al de­cree on a counter-pro­pos­al or a bill that is closely re­lated to the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive, the fore­go­ing peri­od shall be ex­ten­ded to 18 months.1

3If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil does not sub­mit its dis­patch and the draft of a fed­er­al de­cree to the Fed­er­al As­sembly in due time, a rel­ev­ant com­mit­tee may draw up the ne­ces­sary bill.2


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 98 Validity of popular initiatives

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall de­clare a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive wholly or partly in­val­id if it holds that the re­quire­ments of Art­icle 139 para­graph 3 of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion have not been ful­filled.

2If the de­cisions of the two cham­bers in re­la­tion to the valid­ity of the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive or of parts there­of di­verge from each oth­er and the cham­ber that has ap­proved the valid­ity of the ini­ti­at­ive con­firms its de­cision, the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive or, de­pend­ing on the case, its dis­puted part, shall be held to be val­id.

3If the com­prom­ise mo­tion on the vot­ing re­com­mend­a­tion is re­jec­ted, in derog­a­tion from Art­icle 93 para. 2 only the pro­vi­sion con­cerned shall be de­leted.1


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 99 Prohibition of the amendment of popular initiatives

1Pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ives, or all the val­id parts there­of, must be sub­mit­ted to the vote of the people as they stand.

2The Draft­ing Com­mit­tee re­serves the right to cor­rect ob­vi­ous trans­la­tion er­rors and to make any form­al ad­just­ments ne­ces­sary to in­cor­por­ate the pro­posed con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment in­to the Con­sti­tu­tion. The Com­mit­tee shall give the ini­ti­at­ive com­mit­tee the op­por­tun­ity to ex­press its opin­ion.1


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

b. Popular Initiative in the Form of a Draft Proposal

Art. 100 Voting recommendation

The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall de­cide with­in 30 months of the sub­mis­sion of a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive in the form of a draft pro­pos­al wheth­er it re­com­mends that the people and the Can­tons ac­cept or re­ject the ini­ti­at­ive.

Art. 101 Counter-proposal

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly may sub­mit its own counter-pro­pos­al on the same con­sti­tu­tion­al is­sue to the vote of the people and the Can­tons at the same time as the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive.

2The fed­er­al de­cree on the counter-pro­pos­al of the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall be de­bated in each cham­ber pri­or to the As­sembly de­cid­ing on the vot­ing re­com­mend­a­tion in the fed­er­al de­cree on the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive.

3 The fi­nal vote on the fed­er­al de­cree on the counter-pro­pos­al shall take place no more than eight days be­fore the end of the ses­sion which pre­cedes the ex­piry of the dead­line for deal­ing with the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive. If the fed­er­al de­cree is re­jec­ted by either cham­ber in the fi­nal vote, the con­cili­ation com­mit­tee shall sub­mit a pro­pos­al on the vot­ing re­com­mend­a­tion in the fed­er­al de­cree on the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive. A counter-pro­pos­al may no longer be put for­ward.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 102 Decisions on voting recommendations and counter-proposals

1Where the Fed­er­al As­sembly sub­mits a counter pro­pos­al in ad­di­tion to the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive to the vote of the people and the Can­tons, it may:

a.
re­com­mend that the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive be re­jec­ted and the counter-pro­pos­al ac­cep­ted; or
b.
re­com­mend that both bills be ac­cep­ted.

2If the As­sembly re­com­mends the ac­cept­ance of both bills, it shall re­com­mend that voters ac­cept the counter-pro­pos­al in the third ques­tion.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

c. Popular Initiative in the Form of a General Proposal

Art. 103 Approval or rejection and popular vote

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall de­cide with­in two years of sub­mis­sion of a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive in the form of a gen­er­al pro­pos­al wheth­er it ap­proves or re­jects the ini­ti­at­ive.

2If the Fed­er­al As­sembly re­jects the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive, it shall sub­mit the ini­ti­at­ive to the vote of the people.

Art. 104 Drafting of an amendment to the Constitution by the Federal Assembly

1If the Fed­er­al As­sembly ap­proves a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive, or if the people vote in fa­vour of an ini­ti­at­ive, the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall with­in two years draft a par­tial re­vi­sion to the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion.

2The draft pre­pared by the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall cor­res­pond strictly to the con­tent and ob­ject­ives of the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive.

3Where the cham­bers are un­able to agree on the draft of the par­tial re­vi­sion or if the draft is re­jec­ted by one or both cham­bers, the de­cisions of the cham­bers from the most re­cent dis­cus­sion shall be sub­mit­ted to the vote of the people as al­tern­at­ives.

d. Extension and Expiry of Deadlines

Art. 105 Extension of deadline

1If one cham­ber reaches a de­cision on a counter-pro­pos­al or on a bill closely re­lated to a pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive, the Fed­er­al As­sembly may ex­tend the dead­line for deal­ing with the mat­ter by one year.

1bis...1

2 If the cham­bers are un­able to agree on an ex­ten­sion of dead­line, no ex­ten­sion shall be gran­ted.


1 In­ser­ted by No II of the FA of 25 Sept. 2009 (Con­di­tion­al With­draw­al of a Pop­u­lar Ini­ti­at­ive) (AS 2010 271; BBl 2009 3591 3609). Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), with ef­fect from 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 106 Expiry of deadline

If the cham­bers are un­able to reach a un­an­im­ous de­cision by the stat­utory dead­line, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall or­der that a pop­u­lar vote be held.

Chapter 4 Procedure for Parliamentary Initiatives

Art. 107 Subject matter and form

1A par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive may be used to pro­pose that com­mit­tee pre­pare a draft Fed­er­al As­sembly bill.

2The reas­ons for the par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive must be stated. The state­ment of reas­ons must in par­tic­u­lar in­clude the aims of the bill.

3A com­mit­tee may sub­mit a bill to its Coun­cil by means of a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 108 Inadmissibility

The par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive of a coun­cil mem­ber or of a par­lia­ment­ary group shall be in­ad­miss­ible if it relates to mat­ters that may be sub­mit­ted as a pro­pos­al re­lat­ing to a bill pending be­fore the Fed­er­al As­sembly. The Of­fice of the Coun­cil may de­cide on ex­cep­tions to the fore­go­ing.

Art. 109 Procedure for the preliminary examination

1Par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ives brought by a coun­cil mem­ber or a par­lia­ment­ary group, to­geth­er with pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted to a com­mit­tee for the pre­par­a­tion of an ini­ti­at­ive by that com­mit­tee shall be sub­ject to a pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.

2The rel­ev­ant com­mit­tee of the cham­ber to which the ini­ti­at­ive has been sub­mit­ted shall de­cide with­in one year of be­ing as­signed the ini­ti­at­ive wheth­er to en­dorse the ini­ti­at­ive or wheth­er to in­struct its cham­ber not to en­dorse the ini­ti­at­ive. If the cham­ber fol­lows the in­struc­tions of the com­mit­tee, the ini­ti­at­ive is re­garded as hav­ing been dealt with.1

3The de­cision to en­dorse an ini­ti­at­ive or to have the com­mit­tee pre­pare its own ini­ti­at­ive re­quires the con­sent of the rel­ev­ant com­mit­tee of the oth­er cham­ber. This com­mit­tee shall in­vite the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible for the ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tion to ap­point a del­eg­a­tion to present its de­cision. If the lat­ter com­mit­tee does not con­sent, the ini­ti­at­ive is only en­dorsed if both cham­bers agree. If the second cham­ber does not agree, the ini­ti­at­ive is ir­re­voc­ably re­jec­ted.2

3bisThe com­mit­tee of the oth­er cham­ber and, in the event of dis­agree­ment, the rel­ev­ant com­mit­tees of the cham­bers de­cide in ac­cord­ance with para­graph 3 or sub­mit their pro­pos­al to their cham­ber one year at the latest after the pre­ced­ing com­mit­tee or Coun­cil de­cision on the ini­ti­at­ive.3

4If the au­thor of an ini­ti­at­ive or the re­quest for the pre­par­a­tion of an ini­ti­at­ive is not a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, he or she may par­ti­cip­ate in the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion in an ad­vis­ory ca­pa­city at the meet­ings of the com­mit­tee of his or her cham­ber.4

5If the au­thor of an ini­ti­at­ive leaves the coun­cil and if no oth­er as­sembly mem­ber takes up the ini­ti­at­ive dur­ing the first week of the fol­low­ing ses­sion, the ini­ti­at­ive shall be aban­doned without a coun­cil de­cision un­less the com­mit­tee has already en­dorsed the ini­ti­at­ive.5


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829). See also the trans­ition­al pro­vi­sion for this amend­ment at the end of this text.
2 Fourth sen­tence in­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
3 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829). See also the trans­ition­al pro­vi­sion for this amend­ment at the end of this text.
4 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).
5 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 110 Subject matter of the preliminary examination

1An ini­ti­at­ive shall be en­dorsed or a pro­pos­al for the pre­par­a­tion of an ini­ti­at­ive shall be ap­proved if the need in prin­ciple for le­gis­la­tion is con­firmed and a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive is judged to be the ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion.

2A par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive shall in par­tic­u­lar be judged ap­pro­pri­ate if:

a.
the ini­ti­at­ive pro­poses a bill re­lat­ing to the or­gan­isa­tion or pro­ced­ures of the Fed­er­al As­sembly;
b.
the Fed­er­al Coun­cil has not pre­pared a bill in time, des­pite a mo­tion be­ing passed to this ef­fect; or
c.1
the pre­par­a­tion of a bill by this means will prob­ably be achieved more quickly than by a mo­tion.

3The com­mit­tee shall ex­am­ine how it can pre­pare the bill in the time re­quired, tak­ing ac­count of the meth­ods at its dis­pos­al.


1 The cor­rec­tion made by the Fed­er­al As­sembly Draft­ing Com­mit­tee dated 17 Feb. 2016, pub­lished 1 March 2016, relates to the Itali­an text only (AS 2016 657).

Art. 111 Preparation of a bill

1If an ini­ti­at­ive is en­dorsed, the rel­ev­ant com­mit­tee of the cham­ber to which the ini­ti­at­ive was sub­mit­ted shall pre­pare a bill with­in two years.

2If the au­thor of an ini­ti­at­ive or the re­quest for the pre­par­a­tion of an ini­ti­at­ive is not a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, he or she may par­ti­cip­ate in the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion in an ad­vis­ory ca­pa­city at the meet­ings of the com­mit­tee of his or her cham­ber.1

3The re­port ex­plain­ing the com­mit­tee bill to the Fed­er­al As­sembly shall ful­fil the re­quire­ments for a Fed­er­al Coun­cil Dis­patch (Art. 141).


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 112 Cooperation with the Federal Council and the Federal Administration

1The com­mit­tee may in­volve the Fed­er­al De­part­ment re­spons­ible in or­der to ob­tain all the leg­al and ma­ter­i­al in­form­a­tion re­quired for the pre­par­a­tion of a bill.

2It shall sub­mit the pre­lim­in­ary draft and its ex­plan­at­ory re­port for con­sulta­tion in ac­cord­ance with the pro­vi­sions of the Con­sulta­tion Pro­ced­ure Act of 18 March 20051.2

3It shall sub­mit the re­port and bill that it sub­mits to its Coun­cil to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil at the same time in or­der that the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may state its opin­ion there­on with­in an ap­pro­pri­ate peri­od; ex­cep­ted from the fore­go­ing are pro­vi­sions on the or­gan­isa­tion or the pro­ced­ures of the Fed­er­al As­sembly that are not laid down by stat­ute and which do not dir­ectly af­fect Fed­er­al Coun­cil.3

4If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil re­quests any al­ter­a­tion, the com­mit­tee shall dis­cuss the opin­ion of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil be­fore con­sid­er­a­tion of the bill in the first cham­ber.


1 SR 172.061
2 Amended by Art. 12 No 1 of the Con­sulta­tion Pro­ced­ure Act of 18 March 2005, in force since 1 Sept. 2005 (AS 2005 4099; BBl 2004 533).
3 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 113 Extension of deadline and abandonment

1If the com­mit­tee does not sub­mit its bill with­in two years, the coun­cil shall de­cide at the re­quest of the com­mit­tee or of its of­fice wheth­er the dead­line should be ex­ten­ded or the ini­ti­at­ive aban­doned.

2The com­mit­tee may re­quest the coun­cil to aban­don the ini­ti­at­ive if:

a.
its pur­pose has been ful­filled by an­oth­er bill; or
b.
the man­date con­ferred on the com­mit­tee can no longer be car­ried out.

Art. 114 Debate on the bill in the Assembly

1If the coun­cil ap­proves its com­mit­tee's bill in the vote on the bill in its en­tirety, the ini­ti­at­ive is sub­mit­ted to the oth­er cham­ber and is fur­ther con­sidered in ac­cord­ance with the or­din­ary pro­ced­ure for bills.1

1bisIf the coun­cil does not ap­prove the in­tro­duc­tion of its com­mit­tee's bill or re­jects it in the vote on the bill in its en­tirety, the ini­ti­at­ive is re­garded as hav­ing been dealt with.2

2In the com­mit­tee of the second cham­ber, the draft from the first cham­ber is presen­ted by a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee that pre­pared it.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).
2 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Chapter 5 Procedure for Cantonal Initiatives

Art. 115 Subject matter and form

1Any can­ton may by means of a can­ton­al ini­ti­at­ive pro­pose that a com­mit­tee pre­pare a draft Fed­er­al As­sembly bill.

2The reas­ons for the can­ton­al ini­ti­at­ive must be stated. The state­ment of reas­ons must in par­tic­u­lar in­clude the aims of the bill.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).

Art. 116 Procedure for preliminary examination

1Can­ton­al ini­ti­at­ives are sub­ject to a pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.

2For the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion, Art­icle 110 ap­plies by ana­logy.

3The de­cision to en­dorse an ini­ti­at­ive re­quires the agree­ment of the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible in both cham­bers. If one com­mit­tee does not agree, the coun­cil shall de­cide. If the coun­cil does not agree, the ini­ti­at­ive shall go to the oth­er cham­ber. The second re­jec­tion by a coun­cil is fi­nal.

3bisThe com­mit­tees are sub­ject to the time lim­its in Art­icle 109 para­graphs 2 and 3bis.1

4The com­mit­tee of the first cham­ber shall hear a rep­res­ent­at­ive of the Can­ton at the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829). See also the trans­ition­al pro­vi­sion for this amend­ment at the end of this text.

Art. 117 Preparation of a bill

1If an ini­ti­at­ive is en­dorsed, it shall be real­loc­ated to one of the cham­bers for ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tion in ac­cord­ance with the pro­ced­ure laid down in Art­icle 84.

2For the fur­ther pro­ced­ure, Art­icles 111–114 ap­ply by ana­logy. The aban­don­ment of an ini­ti­at­ive re­quires the agree­ment of the oth­er cham­ber. If the first cham­ber de­cides not to ap­prove the draft of the com­mit­tee, or if the draft is re­jec­ted when voted on in its en­tirety, this shall be re­garded as equi­val­ent to aban­don­ment.

Chapter 6 Procedure for Procedural Requests

Section 1 General

Art. 118 Forms of procedural request

1Par­lia­ment­ary pro­ced­ur­al re­quests are:

a.
mo­tions;
b.
pos­tu­lates;
c.
in­ter­pel­la­tions;
d.
ques­tions.

2They shall nor­mally be ad­dressed to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

3If they re­late to the or­gan­isa­tion or pro­ced­ures of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, they shall nor­mally be ad­dressed to the of­fice of the coun­cil to which they are sub­mit­ted.

4They shall be ad­dressed to the fed­er­al courts if they re­late to the con­duct of busi­ness or fin­an­cial budget of the fed­er­al courts; mo­tions are ex­cluded.

4bisThey shall be ad­dressed to the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land if they re­late to the man­age­ment or budget of the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land or its Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity; mo­tions are ex­cluded.1

5In the case of pro­ced­ur­al re­quests made to the of­fices of the cham­bers and to the fed­er­al courts, Art­icles 120–125 ap­ply by ana­logy.2


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 21 June 2013 (Im­prove­ments in the Or­gan­isa­tion and Pro­ced­ures of Par­lia­ment), in force since 25 Nov. 2013 (AS 2013 3687; BBl 2011 6793 6829).
2 The cor­rec­tion by the Fed­er­al As­sembly Draft­ing Com­mit­tee of 15 Feb. 2018, pub­lished 27 Feb. 2018, relates to the French text only (AS 2018 935).

Art. 119 General procedural provisions for procedural requests

1Pro­ced­ur­al re­quests may be sub­mit­ted by the ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of a com­mit­tee, as well as by a par­lia­ment­ary group or an as­sembly mem­ber dur­ing a par­lia­ment­ary ses­sion.

2If a pro­ced­ur­al re­quest relates to more than one ma­ter­i­al point, a sep­ar­ate dis­cus­sion and vote may be held on each point.

3The word­ing of a pro­ced­ur­al re­quest may not be altered after its sub­mis­sion; Art­icle 121 para­graph 4 let­ter b is re­served.1

4...2

5A pro­ced­ur­al re­quest made by a coun­cil mem­ber or a par­lia­ment­ary group shall be aban­doned without a coun­cil de­cision if:

a.
the coun­cil has not fin­ished deal­ing with the pro­ced­ur­al re­quest with­in two years of its sub­mis­sion; or
b.
the au­thor leaves the coun­cil and no oth­er as­sembly mem­ber takes up the pro­ced­ur­al re­quest dur­ing the first week of the fol­low­ing ses­sion.3

6...4


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
2 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, with ef­fect from 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
3 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
4 Re­pealed by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, with ef­fect from 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Section 2 Motions

Art. 120 Subject matter

1A mo­tion man­dates the Fed­er­al Coun­cil to sub­mit a bill to the Fed­er­al As­sembly or to take cer­tain ac­tion.

2If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil is re­spons­ible for tak­ing ac­tion, it shall do so or sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly the draft bill by means of which the mo­tion may be im­ple­men­ted.

3A mo­tion shall be in­ad­miss­ible if it seeks to in­flu­ence an ad­min­is­trat­ive rul­ing or an ap­peal de­cision that must be taken as part of a pro­ced­ure reg­u­lated by the law.

Art. 121 Procedure in the Assembly

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall nor­mally pro­pose the ac­cept­ance or re­jec­tion of a mo­tion by the start of the next or­din­ary ses­sion fol­low­ing its sub­mis­sion. It shall sub­mit its pro­pos­al in re­la­tion to a com­mit­tee mo­tion that is sub­mit­ted less than a month be­fore the start of the next or­din­ary ses­sion by the start of the ses­sion fol­low­ing the next ses­sion.

2If one cham­ber re­jects a mo­tion, the mo­tion is re­garded as hav­ing been dealt with. If the cham­ber to which the mo­tion has been sub­mit­ted ap­proves the same, the mo­tion goes to the oth­er cham­ber.

3A mo­tion ac­cep­ted by the first cham­ber may in the second cham­ber be:

a.
ir­re­voc­ably ac­cep­ted or re­jec­ted;
b.
amended on the pro­pos­al of the ma­jor­ity of the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion or on the pro­pos­al of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

4If the second cham­ber makes an amend­ment, the first cham­ber may in the second con­sid­er­a­tion agree to the amend­ment or ir­re­voc­ably re­ject the mo­tion.

5A mo­tion ac­cep­ted by the first cham­ber without the agree­ment of the second cham­ber shall be ir­re­voc­ably ac­cep­ted if:

a.
it relates to or­gan­isa­tion­al or pro­ced­ur­al is­sues of the cham­ber to which it has been sub­mit­ted; or
b.
it is a com­mit­tee mo­tion and an identic­al com­mit­tee mo­tion is ac­cep­ted in the oth­er cham­ber.

1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 122 Procedure for approved motions

1If a mo­tion is still pending after two years, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall re­port to the Fed­er­al As­sembly each year on what it has done in re­la­tion thereto and on how it in­tends to ful­fil the man­date. This re­port shall be sub­mit­ted to the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible.

2A com­mit­tee or the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall re­quest that a mo­tion be closed if its man­date has been ful­filled. The re­quest shall be ad­dressed to both cham­bers un­less the mo­tion relates to is­sues of the or­gan­isa­tion or pro­ced­ure of a spe­cif­ic cham­ber.

3A re­quest for a mo­tion to be closed may also be made if the man­date has not been ful­filled but the mo­tion should no longer be pur­sued. The re­quest shall be jus­ti­fied:

a.
with a spe­cial re­port on the mo­tion to be closed; or
b.
in a dis­patch on a Fed­er­al As­sembly bill on sub­ject mat­ter con­nec­ted with the mo­tion.

4If the de­cisions of the two cham­bers on the re­quest to close a mo­tion do not cor­res­pond, the pro­ced­ure for the set­tle­ment of dif­fer­ences in Art­icle 95 ap­plies.

5If a re­quest to close a mo­tion is re­jec­ted by both cham­bers, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil must ful­fil the man­date con­tained in the mo­tion with­in one year or with­in the peri­od fixed by the two cham­bers on re­ject­ing the re­quest.

6If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil fails to com­ply with the peri­od fixed, a de­cision on ex­tend­ing the peri­od al­lowed or on clos­ing the mo­tion shall be taken in the next or­din­ary ses­sion in both cham­bers at the re­quest of the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 5 Oct. 2007 (Bind­ing ef­fect of the mo­tion), in force since 26 May 2008 (AS 2008 2113; BBl 2007 1457 2149). See also the trans­ition­al pro­vi­sion for this amend­ment at the end of this text.

Section 3 Postulates

Art. 123 Subject matter

A pos­tu­late man­dates the Fed­er­al Coun­cil to ex­am­ine and re­port on wheth­er to sub­mit a bill to the Fed­er­al As­sembly or to take a meas­ure. It may also re­quest a re­port on a dif­fer­ent mat­ter.

Art. 124 Procedure

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall nor­mally pro­pose the ac­cept­ance or re­jec­tion of pos­tu­lates be­fore the start of the next ses­sion. When a com­mit­tee pos­tu­late is sub­mit­ted less than a month be­fore the start of the next or­din­ary ses­sion, it shall sub­mit its pro­pos­al by the start of the ses­sion fol­low­ing the next ses­sion.1

2The pos­tu­late shall be ac­cep­ted if either cham­ber ap­proves it.

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil ful­fils the terms of a pos­tu­late by stat­ing its views there­on in a sep­ar­ate re­port, or in the an­nu­al re­port or in a dis­patch to a bill of the Fed­er­al As­sembly.

4If a pos­tu­late is still pending after two years, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall re­port to the Fed­er­al As­sembly each year on what it has done in re­la­tion thereto and on how it in­tends to ful­fil its man­date. This re­port is sub­mit­ted to the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible.

5A com­mit­tee or the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may re­quest that a pos­tu­late be closed if it has been ful­filled or if con­tinu­ing with the pos­tu­late can­not be jus­ti­fied. The cham­ber that has ap­proved the pos­tu­late must con­sent to it be­ing closed.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008, in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Section 4 Interpellations and Questions

Art. 125

1An in­ter­pel­la­tion or a ques­tion is a re­quest to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil to provide in­form­a­tion on mat­ters re­lat­ing to the Con­fed­er­a­tion.

2The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall nor­mally reply by the next ses­sion.

3An in­ter­pel­la­tion or a ques­tion may be de­clared ur­gent.

4An in­ter­pel­la­tion is dealt with if the dis­cus­sion re­ques­ted by its au­thor has taken place in the coun­cil or when the coun­cil has re­jec­ted the re­quest for the dis­cus­sion.

5A ques­tion is not dis­cussed in the coun­cil; it is dealt with by the reply from the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

Chapter 7 Procedure for Petitions and Submissions

Section 1 Petitions

Art. 126 General Provisions

1The re­spons­ible com­mit­tee in each cham­ber shall de­cide wheth­er to en­dorse a pe­ti­tion or wheth­er it shall re­quest its cham­ber not to en­dorse the pe­ti­tion.

2If the sub­ject of the pe­ti­tion can be presen­ted in the form of a pro­pos­al re­lat­ing to a mat­ter pending for con­sid­er­a­tion, the com­mit­tee shall re­port on the pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil when it is deal­ing with that busi­ness. The com­mit­tee shall de­cide either to sub­mit a pro­pos­al on the mat­ter or dis­pense with a pro­pos­al. The pe­ti­tion shall be aban­doned without a coun­cil de­cision as soon as the mat­ter has been dealt with.

3Fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the con­sid­er­a­tion of a pe­ti­tion, the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices shall no­ti­fy the pe­ti­tion­ers as to wheth­er their con­cerns have been taken in­to ac­count.

4The pres­id­ents of the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion in each cham­ber may re­spond dir­ectly to a pe­ti­tion if:

a.
its aim can­not be achieved by a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive, a pro­ced­ur­al re­quest or a pro­pos­al;
b.
its con­tent is clearly ab­surd, quer­ulous or of­fens­ive.

1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 127 Committee decision to endorse a petition

If the com­mit­tee en­dorses a pe­ti­tion, it shall take up the mat­ter to which the pe­ti­tion relates by pre­par­ing a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive or a pro­ced­ur­al re­quest.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 128 Committee decision to not to endorse a petition

1The com­mit­tee shall re­quest its coun­cil not to en­dorse the pe­ti­tion if it:

a.
re­jects the mat­ter to which the pe­ti­tion relates;
b.
es­tab­lishes that the mat­ter to which the pe­ti­tion relates has already been dealt with by an­oth­er com­pet­ent au­thor­ity;
c.
re­gards the mat­ter to which the pe­ti­tion relates as hav­ing been dealt with.

2If the coun­cil dis­reg­ards the pro­pos­al of the com­mit­tee and en­dorses the pe­ti­tion, it shall refer the pe­ti­tion and man­date back to the com­mit­tee and in­struct the com­mit­tee to take up the mat­ter in a par­lia­ment­ary ini­ti­at­ive or a pro­ced­ur­al re­quest.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Section 2 Submissions

Art. 129

A sub­mis­sion on the con­duct of busi­ness and on the fin­an­cial policy of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the fed­er­al courts or of oth­er per­sons en­trus­ted with tasks by the Con­fed­er­a­tion shall be al­loc­ated to the Con­trol or Fin­ance Com­mit­tees for a dir­ect re­sponse.

Chapter 8 Procedure for Objections to Treaties between Cantons or between Cantons and Foreign States

Art. 129a

1If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil files an ob­jec­tion to a treaty between Can­tons or between a Can­ton and a for­eign state, it shall sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly the draft of a simple fed­er­al de­cree on the ap­prov­al of the treaty.

2If a Can­ton files an ob­jec­tion, the re­spons­ible com­mit­tee of the first cham­ber shall sub­mit to its cham­ber the draft of a simple fed­er­al de­cree on the ap­prov­al of the treaty.

Title 6 Elections and Verification of Elections, and Declaration of Inability to Discharge the Duties of Office

Chapter 1 General Provisions on Elections

Art. 130 Principles

1Vot­ing in elec­tions in the Fed­er­al As­sembly is car­ried out by secret bal­lot.

2The per­sons elec­ted shall be those whose names are writ­ten on more than half of the val­id bal­lot pa­pers.

3When de­term­in­ing an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity, un­com­pleted in­val­id bal­lot pa­pers shall not be coun­ted.

4If more can­did­ates achieve an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity than there are va­cant seats, the sur­plus can­did­ates with the lower num­bers of votes shall be elim­in­ated.

Art. 131 Invalidity and cancelled votes

1Bal­lot pa­pers that con­tain de­fam­at­ory state­ments or ob­vi­ously ir­rel­ev­ant mark­ings shall be de­clared in­val­id.

2Votes for per­sons not eli­gible for elec­tion, or who have already been elec­ted or elim­in­ated from the elec­tion, to­geth­er with votes for per­sons who are not ad­equately iden­ti­fied are can­celled.

3If the name of a can­did­ate is writ­ten more than once on a bal­lot pa­per, the sur­plus name or names are de­leted.

4If the bal­lot pa­per con­tains more names than there are man­dates to be al­loc­ated, the sur­plus names are de­leted, be­gin­ning from the end of the list.

5If the num­ber of bal­lot pa­pers re­ceived ex­ceeds that of the bal­lot pa­pers dis­trib­uted, the bal­lot shall be de­clared in­val­id and shall be re­run.

Chapter 2 Elections to the Federal Council

Art. 132 Complete re-election

1The mem­bers of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil are elec­ted by the United Fed­er­al As­sembly in the ses­sion fol­low­ing the gen­er­al elec­tion to the Na­tion­al Coun­cil.

2The seats are filled in­di­vidu­ally, one after the oth­er, in the or­der of the length of peri­od in of­fice of the serving of­fice hold­ers. Seats for which serving mem­bers of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil are stand­ing as can­did­ates are filled first.

3In the first two bal­lots, any per­son who is eli­gible for elec­tion may be voted for. From the third bal­lot on­wards, no ad­di­tion­al can­did­atures are per­mit­ted.

4Ex­cluded from the elec­tion are:

a.
those who ob­tain few­er than ten votes from the second bal­lot on­wards; and
b.
the per­son who re­ceives the low­est num­ber of votes from the third bal­lot on­wards, un­less more than one per­son re­ceives this same num­ber of votes.

Art. 133 Election to vacant seats

1Elec­tions in re­spect of va­cant seats are nor­mally held in the ses­sion fol­low­ing re­ceipt of the let­ter of resig­na­tion of the mem­ber, fol­low­ing a mem­ber un­ex­pec­tedly va­cat­ing his or her seat or fol­low­ing the de­clar­a­tion that the mem­ber is un­able to dis­charge his or her du­ties of of­fice.1

2The newly-elec­ted mem­ber as­sumes of­fice at the latest two months after his or her elec­tion.

3If elec­tions are held to more than one va­cant seat, the or­der in which the elec­tions are held is de­term­ined by the length of peri­od in of­fice of the pre­vi­ous of­fice hold­er.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).

Art. 134 Election to the Presidency of the Federal Council

The Pres­id­ent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion and the Vice-Pres­id­ent of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil are elec­ted from its mem­bers in­di­vidu­ally, one after the oth­er, for a term of of­fice of one year.

Chapter 3 Elections to the Federal Courts

Art. 135 Complete re-election

1Elec­tions to the fed­er­al courts take place be­fore the end of the on­go­ing term of of­fice. Sep­ar­ate elec­tions are held for each of the vari­ous courts, as well as for each of the judges and part-time judges.

2The elec­tions take place either by means of the re-elec­tion of mem­bers who are stand­ing for re-elec­tion or, in the case of va­cant seats or the re­mov­al of a mem­ber, by means of a sup­ple­ment­ary elec­tion.

Art. 136 Re-election

1The bal­lot pa­per is a list of names of the mem­bers stand­ing for elec­tion, in the or­der of the length of their peri­od in of­fice.

2The voters may de­lete the names of in­di­vidu­al can­did­ates. Ad­di­tion­al names are not taken in­to con­sid­er­a­tion. Bal­lot pa­pers on which all the names have been de­leted re­main val­id and count to­wards the cal­cu­la­tion of the ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity.

3Only one bal­lot is held. Can­did­ates who do not achieve an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity may stand in the sup­ple­ment­ary elec­tion.

Art. 137 Supplementary Elections

1Sup­ple­ment­ary elec­tions take place if a va­cant seat arises or a mem­ber is not re-elec­ted.

2If by the day be­fore the elec­tions the of­fice the United Fed­er­al As­sembly has not re­ceived more can­did­ate nom­in­a­tions than there are va­cant seats, a list of the names of the can­did­ates in al­pha­bet­ic­al or­der shall serve as the bal­lot pa­per, or a list without names but with the same num­ber of lines as there are seats to be filled.

3In the first two bal­lots, all those who are eli­gible for elec­tion may be elec­ted. From the third bal­lot on­wards no fur­ther can­did­atures are per­mit­ted.

4Ex­cluded from the elec­tion are:

a.
those who ob­tain few­er than ten votes from the second bal­lot on­wards; and
b.
from the third bal­lot on­wards, provided there are more can­did­ates than va­cant seats, the per­son who re­ceives the low­est num­ber of votes, un­less more than one per­son re­ceives this same num­ber of votes.

Art. 138 Elections to the Presidency of the Federal Courts

The pres­id­ent and the vice-pres­id­ent of a court are elec­ted for a term of of­fice of two years. They are elec­ted at the same time on two sep­ar­ate bal­lot pa­pers.

Chapter 4 Other Elections

Art. 139

The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall con­duct oth­er elec­tions provided for by the Con­sti­tu­tion or the law in ac­cord­ance with the rules on the elec­tions to the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

Chapter 5 Verification of Elections

Art. 140

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall con­duct the veri­fic­a­tion of elec­tions to the ex­tent that this is provided for by the law.

2A com­mit­tee of the United Fed­er­al As­sembly shall ap­praise the elec­tions, with the ex­cep­tion of the elec­tion of the Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary of the Fed­er­al As­sembly. The com­mit­tee may for this pur­pose hear the per­son whose elec­tion is to be veri­fied, to­geth­er with a del­eg­a­tion from nom­in­at­ing au­thor­ity. The com­mit­tee shall re­quest the United Fed­er­al As­sembly to con­firm the elec­tion or not.

3The United Fed­er­al As­sembly shall de­cide by secret bal­lot and by a ma­jor­ity of its vot­ing mem­bers wheth­er the elec­tion is to be con­firmed or not. If the elec­tion is re­jec­ted, the nom­in­at­ing au­thor­ity must hold a new elec­tion.

Chapter 6 Declaration that a Federal Councillor or the Federal Chancellor is unable to Discharge the Duties of Office

Art. 140a

1The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall de­cide on wheth­er to de­clare a Fed­er­al Coun­cil­lor or the Fed­er­al Chan­cel­lor un­able to dis­charge their du­ties of of­fice.

2The Of­fice of the Fed­er­al As­sembly and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall be eli­gible to re­quest such a de­clar­a­tion.

3In­ab­il­ity to dis­charge the du­ties of of­fice must be pre­sumed if the fol­low­ing re­quire­ments are ful­filled:

a.
ow­ing to ser­i­ous health prob­lem or oth­er reas­ons that pre­vent him or her from re­turn­ing to work, the per­son con­cerned is mani­festly un­able carry out his or her du­ties;
b.
the situ­ation is ex­pec­ted to con­tin­ue for a con­sid­er­able length of time;
c.
the per­son con­cerned has failed to tender his or her leg­ally val­id resig­na­tion with­in a reas­on­able time.

4The United Fed­er­al As­sembly shall make its de­cision at the latest in the ses­sion fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of the re­quest.

5The rel­ev­ant po­s­i­tion shall be­come va­cant upon the de­clar­a­tion that the per­son con­cerned is un­able to dis­charge the du­ties of of­fice.

Title 7 Procedural Relations between the Federal Assembly and the Federal Council

Chapter 1 Federal Council Bills

Art. 141 Dispatches on bills

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit its bills to the Fed­er­al As­sembly to­geth­er with a dis­patch.

2In the dis­patch, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall provide jus­ti­fic­a­tion for the bill and if ne­ces­sary com­ment on the in­di­vidu­al pro­vi­sions. In ad­di­tion, it shall ex­plain the fol­low­ing points in par­tic­u­lar, on con­di­tion that it is pos­sible to provide a sub­stan­tial amount of in­form­a­tion there­on:

a.
the leg­al back­ground, the con­sequences for con­sti­tu­tion­al rights, com­pat­ib­il­ity with su­per­i­or law and the re­la­tion­ship with European law;
abis.1the use of Switzer­land’s room for man­oeuvre in ad­opt­ing in­ter­na­tion­al law;
ater.2the ob­serv­ance of the prin­ciple of sub­si­di­ar­ity in the al­loc­a­tion and per­form­ance of state tasks and the im­pact of the bill on com­munes, towns and cit­ies, urb­an ag­glom­er­a­tions and moun­tain areas;
aquater.3 any ex­am­in­a­tion of time lim­it on the bill;
b.
the del­eg­a­tion of powers provided for in a draft act;
c.
the points of view de­bated in the pre­lim­in­ary stages of the le­gis­lat­ive pro­cess and their al­tern­at­ives and the re­lated po­s­i­tion of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
d.
the planned im­ple­ment­a­tion of the en­act­ment, the planned eval­u­ation of its im­ple­ment­a­tion and the as­sess­ment of the planned im­ple­ment­a­tion that took place in the pre­lim­in­ary stages of the le­gis­lat­ive pro­cess;
e.
the co­ordin­a­tion of tasks and fund­ing;
f.4
the con­sequences for staff­ing and fin­ances of the bill and its im­ple­ment­a­tion for the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, can­tons and com­munes, the meth­ods for meet­ing the costs and the cost-be­ne­fit ra­tio;
g.5
the con­sequences for the eco­nomy, so­ci­ety, the en­vir­on­ment and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions;
gbis.6the safe­guard­ing of the re­spons­ib­il­ity and room for man­oeuvre of the private in­di­vidu­als af­fected by a reg­u­la­tion;
gter.7the im­pact on the need for in­form­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion tech­no­lo­gies and the re­lated ex­pendit­ure;
h.8
the po­s­i­tion of the bill in re­la­tion to the plan­ning of le­gis­la­tion and the fin­an­cial plan;
i.
the con­sequences for gender equal­ity;
j.9
the con­sequences of the bill for the Swiss liv­ing abroad.

1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
2 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
3 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
4 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
5 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (Par­lia­ment­ary Law. Mis­cel­laneous Amend­ments), in force since 2 March 2009 (AS 2009 725; BBl 2008 1869 3177).
6 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
7 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
8 Amended by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).
9 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 15 June 2018, in force since 26 Nov. 2018 (AS 2018 3461; BBl 2017 6797 6865).

Art. 142 Budget, updates and the state accounts

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly:

a.1
the draft for the Fed­er­al Budget;
b.
the drafts for the or­din­ary up­dates and ad­di­tion­al cred­its, two months pri­or to the start of the ses­sion in which they are to be con­sidered;
c.
the state ac­counts, every year two months pri­or to the start of the ses­sion in which they are to be con­sidered.

2It shall ac­cept the drafts for the budget as well as the ac­counts of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, the fed­er­al courts, the Fed­er­al Audit Of­fice, the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land and the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land without modi­fic­a­tion and in­cor­por­ate them in­to its draft budget and the state ac­counts.2

3The Fed­er­al Su­preme Court is re­spons­ible for present­ing the draft budget and the draft ac­counts of the fed­er­al courts to the Fed­er­al As­sembly. The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Del­eg­a­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly is re­spons­ible for present­ing the draft budget and ac­counts of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, the Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion for present­ing the draft budget and ac­counts of the Fed­er­al Audit Of­fice, and the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land for it­self and for the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al of Switzer­land.3

4The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall ar­range for pro­jec­tions on the ex­pec­ted an­nu­al re­turn to be is­sued as per 30 June and 30 Septem­ber. It shall no­ti­fy the Fin­ance Com­mit­tees there­of.4


1 Amended by Art. 65 No 1 of the Fin­an­cial Budget Act of 7 Oct. 2005, in force since 1 May 2006 (AS 2006 1275; BBl 2005 5).
2 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).
3 Amended by An­nex No II 2 of the Law En­force­ment Au­thor­it­ies Act of 19 March 2010, in force since 1 Jan. 2011 (AS 2010 3267; BBl 2008 8125).
4 In­ser­ted by Art. 65 No 1 of the Fin­an­cial Budget Act of 7 Oct. 2005, in force since 1 May 2006 (AS 2006 1275; BBl 2005 5).

Art. 143 Financial Plan

1The Fin­an­cial Plan cov­ers the three years fol­low­ing the year to which the budget relates.

2The struc­ture and con­tent of the Fin­an­cial Plan com­bine the le­gis­lat­ive plan­ning with the fin­an­cial plan­ning (in­teg­rated le­gis­lat­ive and fin­an­cial plan­ning).

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit the fin­an­cial plan to­geth­er with the draft budget to the Fed­er­al As­sembly for its at­ten­tion in the form of a simple fed­er­al de­cree.

4The Fed­er­al As­sembly may add man­dates for an amend­ment of the fin­an­cial plan to the simple fed­er­al de­cree.

5The Fed­er­al Coun­cil nor­mally ful­fils these man­dates in terms of the draft budget for the year after the fol­low­ing year.


1 Amended by An­nex No 1 of the FA of 26 Sept. 2014 (New Man­age­ment Mod­el for the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion), in force since 1 Jan. 2016 (AS 2015 1583; BBl 2014 767).

Art. 144 Annual objectives and annual report of the Federal Council

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil gives no­tice of its an­nu­al ob­ject­ives for the next year by the start of the fi­nal or­din­ary ses­sion of the year. These ob­ject­ives must be co­ordin­ated with the le­gis­lature plan.

2The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly the re­ports on the con­duct of its busi­ness in the pre­vi­ous year two months be­fore the start of the ses­sion in which they are to be con­sidered.

3In its an­nu­al re­port, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil presents the main as­pects of its activ­it­ies dur­ing the fin­an­cial year. It provides in­form­a­tion on wheth­er the main an­nu­al ob­ject­ives for the fin­an­cial year have been achieved, on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the le­gis­lature plan and of the le­gis­lat­ive pro­gramme and on the status of the in­dic­at­ors rel­ev­ant to the gen­er­al as­sess­ment of the situ­ation and the veri­fic­a­tion of the achieve­ment of ob­ject­ives. It must jus­ti­fy any di­ver­gences from the planned ob­ject­ives as well as any un­planned activ­it­ies.1


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 22 June 2007 (Le­gis­lature plan), in force since 1 Dec. 2007 (AS 2007 5231; BBl 2006 1837 1857).

Art. 145 Procedure for the annual report

1The Pres­id­ent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion is re­spons­ible for present­ing the re­port of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil on the con­duct of its busi­ness to the As­sembly, un­less the Stand­ing Or­ders of the Coun­cils provide oth­er­wise.1

2The Fed­er­al As­sembly shall ap­prove the re­port by means of a simple Fed­er­al De­cree.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 3 Oct. 2008 (An­nu­al Re­port of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil), in force since 1 March 2009 (AS 2009 697; BBl 2008 1095 1105).

Art. 146 Legislature plan

1At the start of each le­gis­lature peri­od, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly a dis­patch on the le­gis­lature plan and a draft simple fed­er­al de­cree on the le­gis­lature plan.

2The simple fed­er­al de­cree shall define the policy guidelines and ob­ject­ives of the le­gis­lature plan and as­sign to these the le­gis­la­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly that is planned and the ad­di­tion­al meas­ures re­quired to achieve each of these ob­ject­ives.

3In the dis­patch on the le­gis­lature plan, in­dic­at­ors shall be as­signed to the ob­ject­ives that al­low the achieve­ment of the ob­ject­ives to be veri­fied. The dis­patch shall also con­tain an ana­lys­is of the situ­ation that is based on the in­dic­at­ors. In ad­di­tion, it shall provide a sum­mary of all the draft le­gis­la­tion that the Fed­er­al Coun­cil plans to sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly dur­ing the le­gis­lature peri­od (the le­gis­lat­ive pro­gramme).

4The dis­patch shall present the le­gis­lature fin­an­cial plan. This shall set out the fin­an­cial re­quire­ments for the le­gis­lature peri­od, and in­dic­ate how the re­quire­ments are to be met. The ob­ject­ives and meas­ures of the le­gis­lature plan and the le­gis­lature fin­an­cial plan shall be co­ordin­ated with each oth­er in terms of sub­ject mat­ter and time schedul­ing.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 22 June 2007 (Le­gis­lature plan), in force since 1 Dec. 2007 (AS 2007 5231; BBl 2006 1837 1857).

Art. 147 Procedure for the legislature plan

1The two cham­bers shall con­sider the le­gis­lature plan in two suc­cess­ive ses­sions.

2The Stand­ing Or­ders of the Coun­cils may provide that:

a.
a coun­cil, in con­sid­er­ing the le­gis­lature plan, de­cides only on pro­pos­als and minor­ity pro­pos­als made by the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion; and
b.
oth­er per­sons en­titled to sub­mit pro­pos­als must sub­mit their pro­pos­als to this com­mit­tee be­fore the start of the de­tailed dis­cus­sion of the fed­er­al de­cree.

1 Amended by No I of the FA of 22 June 2007 (Le­gis­lature plan), in force since 1 Dec. 2007 (AS 2007 5231; BBl 2006 1837 1857).

Art. 148 Further plans and reports

1In ad­di­tion to the plans and re­ports re­quired by the law, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil may sub­mit fur­ther plans and re­ports to the Fed­er­al As­sembly for its in­form­a­tion or at­ten­tion.

2It may sub­mit to the Fed­er­al As­sembly the ob­ject­ives or con­clu­sions of sig­ni­fic­ant plans or re­ports in the form of the draft of a simple fed­er­al de­cree or fed­er­al de­cree.

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit a reg­u­lar re­port to the Fed­er­al As­sembly on Switzer­land’s for­eign policy.

3bisIt shall re­port reg­u­larly to the Fed­er­al As­sembly on the achieve­ment of the stra­tegic goals laid down for the units that have be­come autonom­ous in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 8 para­graph 5 of the Gov­ern­ment and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Or­gan­isa­tion Act of 21 March 19971.2

4The Fed­er­al As­sembly may also take de­cisions in prin­ciple and plan­ning de­cisions on im­port­ant plans and re­ports in the form of a simple fed­er­al de­cree or a fed­er­al de­cree.


1 SR 172.010
2 In­ser­ted by No I 1 of the FA of 17 Dec. 2010 on the Par­ti­cip­a­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly in the Man­age­ment of Autonom­ous Units, in force since 1 Jan. 2012 (AS 2011 5859; BBl 2010 3377 3413).

Art. 149 Submission of dispatches and reports by the Federal Council

1The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall sub­mit its dis­patches and re­ports to the Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices four­teen days at the latest be­fore the meet­ing of the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible for the pre­lim­in­ary ex­am­in­a­tion.

2The Par­lia­ment­ary Ser­vices shall pass on to the as­sembly mem­bers doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil and by the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion for the at­ten­tion of the Fed­er­al As­sembly or of its com­mit­tees.

Chapter 2 Procedural Relations between the Committees and the Federal Council

Art. 150 General rights to information

1The com­mit­tees and the sub-com­mit­tees ap­poin­ted by them are, for the ful­fil­ment of their du­ties, en­titled:

a.
to in­vite the Fed­er­al Coun­cil to at­tend meet­ings in or­der to provide in­form­a­tion and to re­quest re­ports from the Fed­er­al Coun­cil;
b.
to ob­tain doc­u­ments from the Fed­er­al Coun­cil for in­spec­tion;
c.
to ques­tion per­sons in the ser­vice of the Con­fed­er­a­tion with the con­sent of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

2They have no right to in­form­a­tion:

a.
from the joint re­port­ing pro­ced­ure or the de­lib­er­a­tions in Fed­er­al Coun­cil meet­ings;
b.
that is clas­si­fied as secret in the in­terests of state se­cur­ity or the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices or the dis­clos­ure of which to un­au­thor­ised per­sons may be ser­i­ously det­ri­ment­al to na­tion­al in­terests.1

3They shall take ap­pro­pri­ate pre­cau­tions to en­sure the pre­ser­va­tion of secrecy. They may in par­tic­u­lar provide that in­form­a­tion that is sub­ject to of­fi­cial secrecy in terms of Art­icle 8 is passed on to only one sub-com­mit­tee.

4In the event of any dis­agree­ment between a com­mit­tee and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil over the ex­tent of rights to in­form­a­tion, the com­mit­tee may call on the Presid­ing Col­lege of the coun­cil to which it per­tains. The Presid­ing Col­lege me­di­ates between com­mit­tee and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

5The Presid­ing Col­lege shall have the fi­nal de­cision where there is dis­agree­ment between the com­mit­tee and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil as to wheth­er the in­form­a­tion is re­quired by the com­mit­tees for the ful­fil­ment of their du­ties in ac­cord­ance with para­graph 1.

6The Fed­er­al Coun­cil may sub­mit a re­port to the com­mit­tee in­stead of per­mit­ting it to in­spect the doc­u­ments, if there is dis­agree­ment between it and the com­mit­tee as to wheth­er the com­mit­tee has a right to the in­form­a­tion in terms of para­graph 2, where me­di­ation by the Presid­ing Col­lege of the Coun­cil proves un­suc­cess­ful.

7The Presid­ing Col­lege of the Coun­cil, when pre­par­ing to me­di­ate, may in­spect the doc­u­ments held by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil and the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion without lim­it­a­tion.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).

Art. 151 Consultation on ordinances

1If the Fed­er­al Coun­cil is pre­par­ing an im­port­ant or­din­ance, the com­mit­tee re­spons­ible may re­quest that it be con­sul­ted with re­gard to the same.

2If an or­din­ance re­quires to be amended or en­acted fol­low­ing the ad­op­tion of an en­act­ment of the Fed­er­al As­sembly, the com­mit­tee shall de­cide in the vote on the bill in its en­tirety wheth­er it wishes to be con­sul­ted.

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall in­form the Fed­er­al As­sembly of the or­din­ances that it is pre­par­ing.

Art. 152 Information and consultation on foreign policy

1The com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for for­eign policy and the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall have reg­u­lar con­tact with each oth­er in or­der to ex­change views.

2The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall in­form the Presid­ing Col­leges of the Coun­cils and the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for for­eign policy reg­u­larly, com­pre­hens­ively and in good time of im­port­ant for­eign policy de­vel­op­ments. The com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for for­eign policy shall also pass on this in­form­a­tion to oth­er com­mit­tees in­volved in for­eign policy re­lated mat­ters.

3The Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall con­sult the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for for­eign policy on im­port­ant plans, on planned changes to the num­ber of Switzer­land’s dip­lo­mat­ic and con­su­lar rep­res­ent­a­tions abroad, and on the guidelines and dir­ect­ives re­lat­ing to man­dates for im­port­ant in­ter­na­tion­al ne­go­ti­ations be­fore it de­cides on or amends the same. It shall in­form these com­mit­tees of the status of its plans and of the pro­gress made in ne­go­ti­ations.1

3bisThe Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall con­sult the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible be­fore it:

a.
pro­vi­sion­ally ap­plies an in­ter­na­tion­al treaty that must be con­cluded or ap­proved by the Fed­er­al As­sembly; or
b.
ur­gently with­draws from an in­ter­na­tion­al treaty when any with­draw­al should be ap­proved by the Fed­er­al As­sembly.2

3terIf the com­mit­tees of both cham­bers are against pro­vi­sion­al ap­plic­a­tion or im­me­di­ate with­draw­al, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall re­frain there­from.3

4In ur­gent cases, the Fed­er­al Coun­cil shall con­sult the pres­id­ents of the com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for for­eign policy. The pres­id­ents shall in­form their com­mit­tees without delay.

5The com­mit­tees re­spons­ible for for­eign policy or oth­er rel­ev­ant com­mit­tees may re­quest that they be in­formed or con­sul­ted by the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.


1 Amended by An­nex No III 1 of the Swiss Abroad Act of 26 Sept. 2014, in force since 1 Nov. 2015 (AS 2015 3857; BBl 2014 1915 2617).
2 In­ser­ted by No I 2 of the FA of 8 Oct. 2004 on the Pro­vi­sion­al Ap­plic­a­tion of In­ter­na­tion­al Treat­ies (AS 2005 1245; BBl 2004 761 1017). Amended by No I 1 of the FA of 21 June 2019 on the Au­thor­ity to Con­clude, Amend and With­draw from In­ter­na­tion­al Treat­ies, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2019 3119; BBl 2018 3471 5315).
3 In­ser­ted by No I 1 of the FA of 21 June 2019 on the Au­thor­ity to Con­clude, Amend and With­draw from In­ter­na­tion­al Treat­ies, in force since 2 Dec. 2019 (AS 2019 3119; BBl 2018 3471 5315).

Art. 153 Rights to information of the supervisory committees

1In ad­di­tion to the rights to in­form­a­tion un­der Art­icle 150, the su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tees have the right to deal dir­ectly with any au­thor­it­ies, of­fices and oth­er agen­cies en­trus­ted with the tasks of the Con­fed­er­a­tion and to ob­tain the in­form­a­tion and doc­u­ments from them that they re­quire in ap­plic­a­tion of Art­icle 156. They may as­sign the re­spons­ib­il­ity for in­di­vidu­al in­vest­ig­a­tions to their sec­ret­ari­at.

2They may ob­tain in­form­a­tion and doc­u­ments from per­sons and of­fices out­side the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion, provided this is ne­ces­sary for the ful­fil­ment of their su­per­vis­ory con­trol. Per­sons out­side the Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion who were pre­vi­ously in the ser­vice of the Con­fed­er­a­tion re­main sub­ject to Art­icle 156. The right to re­fuse to testi­fy un­der Art­icle 42 of the Fed­er­al Act of 4 Decem­ber 19472 on Fed­er­al Civil Pro­ced­ure ap­plies by ana­logy.

3They may sum­mon per­sons re­quired to provide in­form­a­tion by means of a rul­ing is­sued by the com­mit­tee pres­id­ent in ana­log­ous ap­plic­a­tion of the Art­icle 49, 50 and 201–209 the Crim­in­al Pro­ced­ure Code3 and, in the event that such per­sons fail to ap­pear without ex­cuse, have them brought be­fore the com­mit­tees by fed­er­al or can­ton­al po­lice of­ficers.

4An ob­jec­tion may be filed against rul­ings on sum­monses or en­forced ap­pear­ances with­in ten days with the pres­id­ent of the coun­cil to which the com­mit­tee pres­id­ent mak­ing the de­cision be­longs. The ob­jec­tion has no sus­pens­ive ef­fect. If the coun­cil pres­id­ent holds that the rul­ing is un­law­ful or un­reas­on­able, he or she may award the per­son mak­ing the ob­jec­tion com­pens­a­tion in sat­is­fac­tion. The de­cision on the ob­jec­tion is fi­nal.

5Be­fore the su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tees ques­tion a mem­ber of the Fed­er­al Coun­cil, they shall in­form him or her of the sub­ject mat­ter of the ques­tions. They shall in­form the Fed­er­al Coun­cil pri­or to ques­tion­ing per­sons who are or have been sub­or­din­ated to it. They shall con­sult with the Fed­er­al Coun­cil at its re­quest be­fore per­sons are re­quired to provide in­form­a­tion or hand over doc­u­ments.

6Their de­cisions on ex­er­cising their rights to in­form­a­tion are fi­nal. They have no right to in­spect:

a.
the minutes of Fed­er­al Coun­cil meet­ings;
b.
doc­u­ments that are clas­si­fied as secret in the in­terests of state se­cur­ity or the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices or the dis­clos­ure of which to un­au­thor­ised per­sons may be ser­i­ously det­ri­ment­al to na­tion­al in­terests.

7They shall take ap­pro­pri­ate pre­cau­tions to pre­serve secrecy in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 150 para­graph 3. For this pur­pose, as well as in cases where their rights to in­form­a­tion are in­suf­fi­cient for the prop­er ex­er­cise of su­per­vis­ory con­trol, they may man­date their del­eg­a­tions to in­vest­ig­ate any spe­cif­ic is­sue. They shall is­sue dir­ect­ives on the pre­ser­va­tion of secrecy in their area of re­spons­ib­il­ity, which shall in par­tic­u­lar re­strict ac­cess to ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­ports.


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).
2 SR 273
3 SR 312.0

Art. 154 Rights to information of the delegations to the supervisory committees

1No in­form­a­tion may be with­held from the del­eg­a­tions to the su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tees.

2For the pur­pose of ful­filling their du­ties, the del­eg­a­tions to the su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tees, in ad­di­tion to the rights to in­form­a­tion in terms of Art­icles 150 and 153, have the right:

a.
to ob­tain:
1.
minutes of Fed­er­al Coun­cil meet­ings,
2.
doc­u­ments that are clas­si­fied as secret in the in­terests of state se­cur­ity or the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices or the dis­clos­ure of which to un­au­thor­ised per­sons may be ser­i­ously det­ri­ment­al to na­tion­al in­terests;
b.
to ques­tion per­sons as wit­nesses; Art­icle 153 para­graphs 3 and 4 ap­plies by ana­logy to sum­monses and en­forced ap­pear­ances.1

3All Fed­er­al Coun­cil de­cisions in­clud­ing the pro­pos­als and ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­ports shall be no­ti­fied to the Fin­ance Del­eg­a­tion and the Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion as they are made. They shall jointly spe­cify the de­tails on ser­vice, in­spec­tion and safe­keep­ing.2


1 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 17 June 2011 (Spe­cific­a­tion of the In­form­a­tion Rights of the Su­per­vis­ory Com­mit­tees), in force since 1 Nov. 2011 (AS 2011 4537; BBl 2011 1817 1839).

Art. 154a Effect of investigations by the Control Delegation on other procedures and enquiries

1Fed­er­al dis­cip­lin­ary or ad­min­is­trat­ive in­vest­ig­a­tions re­lat­ing to per­sons or cir­cum­stances that are the sub­ject of an in­vest­ig­a­tion by the Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion may only be com­menced or con­tin­ued with the au­thor­isa­tion of the Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion.

2The Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion shall de­cide on au­thor­isa­tion after con­sult­ing the Fed­er­al Coun­cil.

3If there is any dis­pute as to wheth­er au­thor­isa­tion is re­quired, it shall re­quire the con­sent of two thirds of all the mem­bers of the Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion.

4An in­vest­ig­a­tion by the Con­trol Del­eg­a­tion shall not pre­clude the con­duct of civil or ad­min­is­trat­ive pro­ceed­ings or of pre­lim­in­ary in­vest­ig­a­tions and court pro­ceed­ings in crim­in­al cases.


1 In­ser­ted by No I of the FA of 17 Dec. 2004, in force since 1 May 2005 (AS 2005 4793; BBl 2004 1469 1477).

Art. 155 Hearings by delegations to the supervisory committees

1Be­fore each hear­ing, it must be es­tab­lished wheth­er a per­son is to be in­ter­viewed as a per­son provid­ing in­form­a­tion or as a form­al wit­ness.

2The form­al in­ter­view­ing of wit­nesses shall be ordered only if the facts of the case can­not be suf­fi­ciently cla­ri­fied by an­oth­er means. Any per­son summoned is ob­liged to testi­fy.

3If an in­vest­ig­a­tion is dir­ec­ted solely or mainly to­wards one per­son, that per­son may be in­ter­viewed only as a per­son provid­ing in­form­a­tion.

4Wit­nesses must be re­minded of their duty to give evid­ence and their ob­lig­a­tion to tell the truth, and per­sons provid­ing in­form­a­tion of their right to re­fuse to give in­form­a­tion. The right to re­fuse to testi­fy in terms of Art­icle 42 para­graph 1 of the Fed­er­al Act of 4 Decem­ber 19471 on Fed­er­al Civil Pro­ced­ure is re­served.

5In or­der to main­tain a re­cord of the pro­ceed­ings, the hear­ings shall be re­cor­ded on au­dio tape. The tran­script of the tape shall be signed by the per­sons in­ter­viewed.

6Art­icles 166–171 ap­ply in re­spect of the pro­ced­ure and the rights of the per­sons con­cerned.


1 SR 273

Art. 156 Position of persons in the service of the Confederation

1Per­sons in the ser­vice of the Con­fed­er­a­tion are ob­liged to provide in­form­a­tion com­pletely and truth­fully and to in­dic­ate all use­ful doc­u­ments.

2The right to re­fuse to testi­fy in terms of Art­icle 42 Para­graph 1 of the Fed­er­al Act of 4 Decem­ber 19471 on Fed­er­al Civil Pro­ced­ure is ap­plic­able by ana­logy.

3Per­sons in the ser­vice of the Con­fed­er­a­tion may not suf­fer any pre­ju­dice as a res­ult of mak­ing truth­ful state­ments to a com­mit­tee. No pro­ceed­ings may be taken against them based on state­ments made to a com­mit­tee without the pri­or con­sulta­tion of the com­mit­tee con­cerned.

4Per­sons in the ser­vice of the Con­fed­er­a­tion in terms of this Act are the per­son­nel of the Con­fed­er­a­tion and per­sons who are dir­ectly en­trus­ted with pub­lic du­ties on be­half of the Con­fed­er­a­tion. The nature of their re­la­tion­ship with the Con­fed­er­a­tion is not de­cis­ive.


1 SR 273

Art. 157 Opinion of the authority concerned

The au­thor­ity con­cerned shall have the op­por­tun­ity to ex­press its opin­ion be­fore any su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tee or del­eg­a­tion there­of is­sues a re­port on de­fi­cien­cies in the con­duct of busi­ness or in fin­an­cial man­age­ment.

Art. 158 Recommendations to the responsible authority

1A su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tee or del­eg­a­tion may make re­com­mend­a­tions to the re­spons­ible au­thor­ity that re­late to its man­date in the area of su­per­vis­ory con­trol.

2The au­thor­ity no­ti­fies the su­per­vis­ory com­mit­tee or del­eg­a­tion of the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the re­com­mend­a­tions.

3The re­com­mend­a­tions and the opin­ion of the re­spons­ible au­thor­ity are made pub­lic un­less this is con­trary to in­terests that are worthy of pro­tec­tion.

A:
AHVG Bundesgesetz über die Alters- und Hinterlassenenversicherung
AHVV Verordnung über die Alters- und Hinterlassenenversicherung
AIG Bundesgesetz über die Ausländerinnen und Ausländer und über die Integration
AVIG Bundesgesetz über die obligatorische Arbeitslosenversicherung und die Insolvenzentschädigung
AVO Verordnung über die Beaufsichtigung von privaten Versicherungsunternehmen
AVO-FINMA Verordnung der Eidgenössischen Finanzmarktaufsicht über die Beaufsichtigung von privaten Versicherungsunternehmen
AdoV Verordnung über die Adoption
ArG Bundesgesetz über die Arbeit in Industrie, Gewerbe und Handel
ArGV 1 Verordnung 1 zum Arbeitsgesetz
AsylG Asylgesetz
B:
BBG Bundesgesetzüber die Berufsbildung
BEG Bundesgesetz über Bucheffekten
BEHG Bundesgesetz über die Börsen und den Effektenhandel
BEHV Verordnung über die Börsen und den Effektenhandel
BG-HAÜ Bundesgesetz zum Haager Adoptionsübereinkommen und über Massnahmen zum Schutz des Kindes bei internationalen Adoptionen
BG-KKE Bundesgesetz über internationale Kindesentführung und die Haager Übereinkommen zum Schutz von Kindern und Erwachsenen
BGBB Bundesgesetz über das bäuerliche Bodenrecht
BGFA Bundesgesetz über die Freizügigkeit der Anwältinnen und Anwälte
BGG Bundesgesetz über das Bundesgericht
BIV-FINMA Verordnung der Eidgenössischen Finanzmarktaufsicht über die Insolvenz von Banken und Effektenhändlern
BPG Bundespersonalgesetz
BPR Bundesgesetz über die politischen Rechte
BV Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft
BVG Bundesgesetz über die berufliche Alters-, Hinterlassenen- und Invalidenvorsorge
BZG Bundesgesetz über den Bevölkerungsschutz und den Zivilschutz
BankG Bundesgesetz über die Banken und Sparkassen
BankV Verordnung über die Banken und Sparkassen
BetmG Bundesgesetz über die Betäubungsmittel und die psychotropen Stoffe
BewG Bundesgesetz über den Erwerb von Grundstücken durch Personen im Ausland
BewV Verordnung über den Erwerb von Grundstücken durch Personen im Ausland
BöB Bundesgesetz über das öffentliche Beschaffungswesen
BüG Bundesgesetz über Erwerb und Verlust des Schweizer Bürgerrechts
D:
DBG Bundesgesetz über die direkte Bundessteuer
DSG Bundesgesetz über den Datenschutz
E:
EBG Eisenbahngesetz
EMRK Konvention zum Schutze der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten
EOG Bundesgesetz über den Erwerbsersatz für Dienstleistende und bei Mutterschaft
EOV Verordnung zum Erwerbsersatzgesetz
EÖBV Verordnung über die elektronische öffentliche Beurkundung
F:
FHG Bundesgesetz über den eidgenössischen Finanzhaushalt
FINMAG Bundesgesetz über die Eidgenössische Finanzmarktaufsicht
FKG Bundesgesetz über die Eidgenössische Finanzkontrolle
FMedG Bundesgesetz über die medizinisch unterstützte Fortpflanzung
FZG Bundesgesetz über die Freizügigkeit in der beruflichen Alters-, Hinterlassenen- und Invalidenvorsorge
FinfraG Bundesgesetz über die Finanzmarktinfrastrukturen und das Marktverhalten im Effekten- und Derivatehandel
FinfraV Verordnung über die Finanzmarktinfrastrukturen und das Marktverhalten im Effekten- und Derivatehandel
FinfraV-FINMA Verordnung der Eidgenössischen Finanzmarktaufsicht über die Finanzmarktinfrastrukturen und das Marktverhalten im Effekten- und Derivatehandel
FusG Bundesgesetz über Fusion, Spaltung, Umwandlung und Vermögensübertragung
G:
GBV Grundbuchverordnung
GSG Bundesgesetz über die von der Schweiz als Gaststaat gewährten Vorrechte, Immunitäten und Erleichterungen sowie finanziellen Beiträge
GUMG Bundesgesetz über genetische Untersuchungen beim Menschen
GeBüV Verordnung über die Führung und Aufbewahrung der Geschäftsbücher
GebV SchKG Gebührenverordnung zum Bundesgesetz über Schuldbetreibung und Konkurs
GlG Bundesgesetz über die Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann
H:
HEsÜ Übereinkommen über den internationalen Schutz von Erwachsenen
HKsÜ Übereinkommen
HRegV Handelsregisterverordnung
I:
IPRG Bundesgesetz über das Internationale Privatrecht
J:
JStG Bundesgesetz über das Jugendstrafrecht
JStPO Schweizerische Jugendstrafprozessordnung
K:
KAG Bundesgesetz über die kollektiven Kapitalanlagen
KAKV-FINMA Verordnung der Eidgenössischen Finanzmarktaufsicht über den Konkurs von kollektiven Kapitalanlagen
KG Bundesgesetz über Kartelle und andere Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen
KKV Verordnung über die kollektiven Kapitalanlagen
KKV-FINMA Verordnung der Eidgenössischen Finanzmarktaufsicht über die kollektiven Kapitalanlagen
KOV Verordnung über die Geschäftsführung der Konkursämter (KOV)
KVG Bundesgesetz über die Krankenversicherung
L:
LVG Bundesgesetz über die wirtschaftliche Landesversorgung
LugÜ Übereinkommen über die gerichtliche Zuständigkeit und die Anerkennung und Vollstreckung von Entscheidungen in Zivil- und Handelssachen
M:
MSchG Bundesgesetz über den Schutz von Marken und Herkunftsangaben
MStG Militärstrafgesetz
MWSTG Bundesgesetz über die Mehrwertsteuer
MWSTV Mehrwertsteuerverordnung
O:
OAV-SchKG Verordnung betreffend die Oberaufsicht über Schuldbetreibung und Konkurs
OHG Bundesgesetz über die Hilfe an Opfer von Straftaten
OR Bundesgesetz betreffend die Ergänzung des Schweizerischen Zivilgesetzbuches (Fünfter Teil: Obligationenrecht)
P:
PAVO Verordnung über die Aufnahme von Pflegekindern
PBV Verordnung über die Bekanntgabe von Preisen
ParlG Bundesgesetz über die Bundesversammlung
PartG Bundesgesetz über die eingetragene Partnerschaft gleichgeschlechtlicher Paare
PatGG Bundesgesetz über das Bundespatentgericht
PfG Pfandbriefgesetz
PrHG Bundesgesetz über die Produktehaftpflicht
PüG Preisüberwachungsgesetz
R:
RAG Bundesgesetz über die Zulassung und Beaufsichtigung der Revisorinnen und Revisoren
S:
SVG Strassenverkehrsgesetz
SVKG Verordnung über die Sanktionen bei unzulässigen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen
SchKG Bundesgesetz über Schuldbetreibung und Konkurs
StBOG Bundesgesetz über die Organisation der Strafbehörden des Bundes
StG Bundesgesetz über die Stempelabgaben
StGB Schweizerisches Strafgesetzbuch
StHG Bundesgesetz über die Harmonisierung der direkten Steuern der Kantone und Gemeinden
StPO Schweizerische Strafprozessordnung
StV Verordnung über die Stempelabgaben
SuG Bundesgesetz über Finanzhilfen und Abgeltungen
U:
URG Bundesgesetz über das Urheberrecht und verwandte Schutzrechte
URV Verordnung über das Urheberrecht und verwandte Schutzrechte
UVG Bundesgesetz über die Unfallversicherung
UVV Verordnung über die Unfallversicherung
UWG Bundesgesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb
V:
VAG Bundesgesetz betreffend die Aufsicht über Versicherungsunternehmen
VASR Verordnung über die anerkannten Standards zur Rechnungslegung
VBB Verordnung über das bäuerliche Bodenrecht
VBVV Verordnung über die Vermögensverwaltung im Rahmen einer Beistandschaft oder Vormundschaft
VDSG Verordnung zum Bundesgesetz über den Datenschutz
VG Bundesgesetz über die Verantwortlichkeit des Bundes sowie seiner Behördemitglieder und Beamten
VGG Bundesgesetz über das Bundesverwaltungsgericht
VKA Verordnung über die Katastrophenhilfe im Ausland
VKV-FINMA Verordnung der Eidgenössischen Finanzmarktaufsicht über den Konkurs von Versicherungsunternehmen
VPAV Verordnung betreffend die Pfändung, Arrestierung und Verwertung von Versicherungsansprüchen nach dem Bundesgesetz vom 2. April 1908 über den Versicherungsvertrag
VStG Bundesgesetz über die Verrechnungssteuer
VStV Verordnung über die Verrechnungssteuer
VStrR Bundesgesetz über das Verwaltungsstrafrecht
VVAG Verordnung über die Pfändung und Verwertung von Anteilen an Gemeinschaftsvermögen
VVG Bundesgesetz über den Versicherungsvertrag
VZG Verordnung des Bundesgerichts über die Zwangsverwertung von Grundstücken
VegüV Verordnung gegen übermässige Vergütungen bei börsenkotierten Aktiengesellschaften
VeÜ-ZSSV Verordnung über die elektronische Übermittlung im Rahmen von Zivil- und Strafprozessen sowie von Schuldbetreibungs- und Konkursverfahren
VwVG Bundesgesetz über das Verwaltungsverfahren
VüKU Verordnung über die Kontrolle von Unternehmenszusammenschlüssen
VüS Verordnung über das Strafregister
W:
WG Bundesgesetz über Waffen, Waffenzubehör und Munition
Z:
ZG Zollgesetz
ZGB Schweizerisches Zivilgesetzbuch
ZPO Schweizerische Zivilprozessordnung
ZStV Zivilstandsverordnung
ZTG Zolltarifgesetz
Ü:
ÜbZ Übereinkunft betreffend Zivilprozessrecht
ÜüAVaS Übereinkommen über die Anerkennung und Vollstreckung ausländischer Schiedssprüche
ÜüRK Übereinkommen über die Rechte des Kindes
ÜüSKZGIA Übereinkommen über den Schutz von Kindern und die Zusammenarbeit auf dem Gebiet der Internationalen Adoption
ÜüiZR Übereinkommen über den internationalen Zugang zur Rechtspflege
ÜüzAiK Übereinkommen über die zivilrechtlichen Aspekte internationaler Kindesentführung
C:
CC Code civil suisse
CEDH Convention de sauvegarde des droits de l'homme et des libertés fondamentales
CL Convention concernant la compétence judiciaire, la reconnaissance et l'exécution des décisions en matière civile et commerciale
CLaH 2000 Convention sur la protection internationale des adultes
CLaH 96 Convention
CO Loi fédérale complétant le Code civil suisse
CP Code pénal suisse
CPC Code de procédure civile
CPM Code pénal militaire
CPP Code de procédure pénale suisse
Caclid Convention sur les aspects civils de l’enlèvement international d’enfants
Cpecmdi Convention sur la protection des enfants et la coopération en matière d’adoption internationale
Cprlsaé Convention pour la reconnaissance et l’exécution des sentences arbitrales étrangères
Crdl Convention relative aux droits de l'enfant
Crpc Convention relative à la procédure civile
Cst. Constitution fédérale de la Confédération suisse
Ctflij Convention tendant à faciliter l’accès international à la justice
D:
DPA Loi fédérale sur le droit pénal administratif
DPMin Loi fédérale régissant la condition pénale des mineurs
L:
LAA Loi fédérale sur l’assurance-accidents
LACI Loi fédérale sur l’assurance-chômage obligatoire et l’indemnité en cas d’insolvabilité
LAGH Loi fédérale sur l'analyse génétique humaine
LAMal Loi fédérale sur l’assurance-maladie
LAP Loi fédérale sur l'approvisionnement économique du pays
LAPG Loi fédérale sur les allocations pour perte de gain en cas de service et de maternité
LAVI Loi fédérale sur l'aide aux victimes d'infractions
LAVS Loi fédérale sur l’assurance-vieillesse et survivants
LArm Loi fédérale sur les armes, les accessoires d’armes et les munitions
LAsi Loi sur l’asile
LB Loi fédérale sur les banques et les caisses d’épargne
LBVM Loi fédérale sur les bourses et le commerce des valeurs mobilières
LCA Loi fédérale sur le contrat d'assurance
LCD Loi fédérale contre la concurrence déloyale
LCF Loi fédérale sur le Contrôle fédéral des finances
LCR Loi fédérale sur la circulation routière
LCart Loi fédérale sur les cartels et autres restrictions à la concurrence
LCdF Loi fédérale sur les chemins de fer
LD Loi sur les douanes
LDA Loi fédérale sur le droit d’auteur et les droits voisins
LDFR Loi fédérale sur le droit foncier rural
LDIP Loi fédérale sur le droit international privé
LDP Loi fédérale sur les droits politiques
LEH Loi fédérale sur les privilèges, les immunités et les facilités, ainsi que sur les aides financières accordés par la Suisse en tant qu'Etat hôte
LEI Loi fédérale sur les étrangers et l’intégration
LEg Loi fédérale sur l’égalité entre femmes et hommes
LF-CLaH Loi fédérale relative à la Convention de La Haye sur l'adoption et aux mesures de protection de l'enfant en cas d'adoption internationale
LF-EEA Loi fédérale sur l'enlèvement international d'enfants et les Conventions de La Haye sur la protection des enfants et des adultes
LFAIE Loi fédérale sur l'acquisition d'immeubles par des personnes à l'étranger
LFC Loi sur les finances de la Confédération
LFINMA Loi sur l’Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers
LFLP Loi fédérale sur le libre passage dans la prévoyance professionnelle vieillesse, survivants et invalidité
LFPr Loi fédérale sur la formation professionnelle
LFus Loi fédérale sur la fusion, la scission, la transformation et le transfert de patrimoine
LHID Loi fédérale sur l’harmonisation des impôts directs des cantons et des communes
LIA Loi fédérale sur l’impôt anticipé (LIA)
LIFD Loi fédérale sur l’impôt fédéral direct
LIMF Loi fédérale sur les infrastructures des marchés financiers et le comportement sur le marché en matière de négociation de valeurs mobilières et de dérivés*
LLCA Loi fédérale sur la libre circulation des avocats
LLG Loi sur l'émission de lettres de gage
LMP Loi fédérale sur les marchés publics
LN Loi fédérale sur l'acquisition et la perte de la nationalité suisse
LOAP Loi fédérale sur l'organisation des autorités pénales de la Confédération
LP Loi fédérale sur la poursuite pour dettes et la faillite
LPCC Loi fédérale sur les placements collectifs de capitaux*
LPD Loi fédérale sur la protection des données
LPM Loi fédérale sur la protection des marques et des indications de provenance
LPMA Loi fédérale sur la procréation médicalement assistée*
LPP Loi fédérale sur la prévoyance professionnelle vieillesse, survivants et invalidité
LPPCi Loi fédérale sur la protection de la population et sur la protection civile
LParl Loisur l’Assemblée fédérale
LPart Loi fédérale sur le partenariat enregistré entre personnes du même sexe
LPers Loi sur le personnel de la Confédération
LRCF Loi fédérale sur la responsabilité de la Confédération, des membres de ses autorités et de ses fonctionnaires
LRFP Loi fédérale sur la responsabilité du fait des produits
LSA Loi fédérale sur la surveillance des entreprises d’assurance
LSPr Loi fédérale concernant la surveillance des prix
LSR Loi fédérale sur l’agrément et la surveillance des réviseurs
LStup Loi fédérale sur les stupéfiants et les substances psychotropes
LSu Loi fédérale sur les aides financières et les indemnités
LT Loi fédérale sur les droits de timbre
LTAF Loi sur le Tribunal administratif fédéral
LTF Loi sur le Tribunal fédéral
LTFB Loi<em></em>sur le Tribunal fédéral des brevets
LTI Loi fédérale sur les titres intermédiés
LTVA Loi fédérale régissant la taxe sur la valeur ajoutée
LTaD Loi sur le tarif des douanes
LTr Loi fédérale sur le travail dans l'industrie, l'artisanat et le commerce
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OAAE Ordonnance sur l'acte authentique électronique
OACata Ordonnance sur l'aide en cas de catastrophe à l'étranger
OAIE Ordonnance sur l'acquisition d'immeubles par des personnes à l'étranger
OAOF Ordonnance sur l'administration des offices de faillite
OAdo Ordonnance sur l'adoption
OB Ordonnance sur les banques et les caisses d’épargne
OBVM Ordonnance sur les bourses et le commerce des valeurs mobilières
OCEl-PCPP Ordonnance sur la communication électronique dans le cadre de procédures civiles et pénales et de procédures en matière de poursuite pour dettes et de faillite
ODAu Ordonnance sur le droit d'auteur et les droits voisins
ODFR Ordonnance sur le droit foncier rural
OEC Ordonnance sur l’état civil
OELP Ordonnance sur les émoluments perçus en application de la loi fédérale sur la poursuite pour dettes et la faillite
OFA-FINMA Ordonnance de l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers sur la faillite des entreprises d'assurance
OFPC-FINMA Ordonnance de l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers sur la faillite de placements collectifs de capitaux
OGPCT Ordonnance sur la gestion du patrimoine dans le cadre d'une curatelle ou d'une tutelle
OHS-LP Ordonnance relative à la haute surveillance en matière de poursuite et de faillite
OIA Ordonnance sur l’impôt anticipé
OIB-FINMA Ordonnance de l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers sur l'insolvabilité des banques et des négociants en valeurs mobilières
OIMF Ordonnance sur les infrastructures des marchés financiers et le comportement sur le marché en matière de négociation de valeurs mobilières et de dérivés
OIMF-FINMA Ordonnance
OIP Ordonnance sur l'indication des prix
OLAA Ordonnance sur l'assurance-accidents
OLPD Ordonnance relative à la loi fédérale sur la protection des données
OLT 1 Ordonnance 1 relative à la loi sur le travail
ONCR Ordonnance sur les normes comptables reconnues
OPC Ordonnance concernant la saisie et la réalisation de parts de communautés
OPC-FINMA Ordonnance de l'Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers sur les placements collectifs de capitaux