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Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

The Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC, German: Eidgenössisches Departement für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation, French: Département fédéral de l'environnement, des transports, de l'énergie et des communications, Italian: Dipartimento federale dell'ambiente, dei trasporti, dell'energia e delle comunicazioni, Romansh: Departament federal per ambient, traffic, energia e communicaziun ) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government, headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council.


The Department is composed of the following offices:[2]

  • General Secretariat
  • Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE): Coordinates area planning between the federal agencies, the cantons and the municipalities.
  • Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN): Responsible for matters of the environment, including the protection of plants and animals and the protection against noise, air pollution or natural hazards.
  • Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA): Regulates civil aviation.
  • Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM): Regulates radio and TV stations, notably the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Federal Office of Energy (FOE): Responsible for the provision of electrical energy at the federal level, as well as for the supervision of dams.
  • Federal Office of Transport (FOT): Responsible for public transport at the federal level, including the development of the federal rail network and navigation on the Rhine.
  • Federal Roads Authority (FEDRO): Responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of the national highway network.

The following independent authorities are affiliated to the DETEC for administrative purposes:

  • Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (formerly Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau and Investigation Bureau for Railway, Funicular and Boat Accidents).
  • Federal Communications Commission (ComCom): Regulates the telecommunications market, awards service licences, rules on interconnection disputes and approves frequency and numbering plans.
  • Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI): Responsible for inspecting low and heavy-current electrical installations.
  • Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate [6] (HSK): Assesses and monitors security and radiation protection in Swiss nuclear installations.
  • Federal Pipelines Inspectorate (ERI): Responsible for the planning, construction and operation of fuel pipeline systems in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television: Decides on complaints about radio and television programmes.
  • PostReg: Regulates the Swiss Post.
  • Railways Arbitration Commission (RACO): Arbitrates in disputes over access to the rail network.

Name of department

  • 1848–1859: Department of Posts and Construction
  • 1860–1872: Department of Posts
  • 1873–1878: Department of Posts and Telegraph
  • 1879–1962: Department of Posts and Railways
  • 1963–1978: Department of Transport, Communications and Energy
  • 1979–1997: Federal Department of Transport, Communications and Energy
  • Since 1998: Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

List of heads of the department

See also

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