Press releases 2019


University cantons defeated in court

The cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Zurich are not entitled to a double payment of basic contributions for their universities. This is the decision reached by the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.


Zurich’s S-Bahn line S3 now able to operate a half-hourly service

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has decided to safeguard the number of train paths required for the S3 to operate a half-hourly serviceduring rush hour in the interests of passenger traffic, ruling that these prevailed over the interests of freight transport.


Sanction on SIX Group confirmed

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court confirms the sanction of CHF 7.029 million imposed on the SIX Group by the Competition Commission.


Refugee status was rightly revocated

The Federal Administrative Court confirms the revocation of refugee status and status of asylum of a citizen of the former Yugoslavia of Kosovan origin. The conditions for the earlier acceptance of his status as a refugee are no longer applicable. The person concerned can have recourse to protection by the Republic of Kosovo.


Data processing for “Helsana+” ruled partially unlawful

Some of the data gathering undertaken for the app-based bonus programme “Helsana+” violates the provisions of the Swiss Data Protection Act. However, it is not unlawful to use legally acquired data on individuals with only basic insurance. This is the decision reached by the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.


Geschäftsbericht 2018 ist erschienen

Am 18. März 2019 haben das Bundesgericht, das Bundesstrafgericht, das Bundesverwaltungsgericht und das Bundespatentgericht in Lausanne an einer gemeinsamen Medienkonferenz über ihre Geschäftsberichte des Jahres 2018 informiert.


Cannabis flowers subject to tobacco tax

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has ruled that cannabis flowers are used primarily in the same way as tobacco products. Therefore, this product is subject to tobacco tax.


EPF Lausanne: supplementary course is legal

The supplementary course at EPF Lausanne for first-year students is not arbitrary and does not lead to unequal treatment. The Swiss Federal Administrative Court approves the appeals lodged by EPF Lausanne against the decisions of the Appeals Commission and three students.


Army should have called in service weapon

In the case of a shootout in Schafhausen/Emmental (BE), the army should have confiscated the perpetrator’s weapon. In connection with a state liability claim, the Federal Administrative Court approves the appeals of two social insurance providers.


ENSI’s assessment of earthquake safety at the Beznau nuclear power plant ruled correctly

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate assessed the earthquake safety of the Beznau nuclear power plant in accordance with the legal requirements. The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has thus rejected an appeal lodged by 15 individuals.


DETEC has to re-examine the change in purpose of hard shoulders

Does the change in purpose of a hard shoulder to a highway mean there will be a considerable expansion of or operational change to the federal road in question? The Swiss Federal Administrative Court is referring this question back to the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications for reassessment.


Hospital planning in Geneva canton contravenes federal law

The Federal Administrative Court is annulling the decision handed down in the Geneva Council of State hospital planning proceedings in respect of La Tour Hôpital Privé SA, which provided for restrictions on the maximum overall budget and the annual number of cases for each area of activity allocated to La Tour.


New Presidium at Swiss Federal Administrative Court

At the start of the new year, Marianne Ryter and Vito Valenti will assume their new roles as President and Vice-President respectively of the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) for a two-year term. At the same time, there will also be changes on the Administrative Commission and to the Divisional Chairs.



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