Press releases 2020


“Crypto Affair”: export licence applications to remain suspended

Various individual export licence applications for encryption modules and devices will remain suspended until the Office of the Attorney General has completed its investigations into the matter. The Federal Administrative Court dismisses the appeals from Crypto International AG and TCG Legacy AG in Liquidation without entering into the substance of the case.


FAC film triumphs in Cannes

The jury at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards was impressed by the FAC's corporate film, which scooped up a Silver Dolphin in the "Corporate Image Films" category.


Lausanne railway station: authorisation for construction granted

The Federal Administrative Court rejects the two appeals against the modification of Lausanne railway station. The development of the retail areas is in accordance with the law and the political wish to alleviate federal funds. In addition, the noise emissions generated complie with the relevant standards of the law.


Asylum: judgment on withdrawing temporary admission

In a landmark judgment, the Federal Administrative Court has ruled that the State Secretariat for Migration is obliged to apply the principle of proportionality in cases where temporary admission is to be withdrawn. The Court also notes that temporary admission has been subject to significant changes in the law over the past few years in order to reinforce the status of those admitted on this basis.


Statistics on procedures under the revised Asylum Act

Eighteen months after the revised Asylum Act came into force, the
percentages of cases processed at the Federal Administrative Court are
almost identical to those after the first year.


Saurer pensioners: appeal rejected

The Federal Administrative Court (FAC) rejects the appeal of a group of retired Saurer employees. The pensioners were demanding a share of the surpluses from and greater participation in the Pensionskasse der Saurer-Unternehmungen.


The voltage between Bassecourt and Mühleberg may be increased

The increase in capacity of the high-voltage transmission line between Bassecourt and Mühleberg envisaged by Swissgrid does not violate federal legislation on environmental protection and line construction. The Federal Administrative Court has concluded that the legally established limits are being observed.


Chlorothalonil: Precautionary measures approved

In an interim order, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court instructs the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office to temporarily remove certain information from its website regarding chlorothalonil.


Sanction against Lauber reduced

The Supervisory Authority for the Office of the Attorney General sanctioned Attorney General Michael Lauber with a salary reduction of 8% for the duration of one year due to various breaches of official duty. The Federal Administrative Court upholds part of the accusations raised and reduces the sanction by three per cent.


Naturalisation rejected

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court confirms the decision by the State Secretariat for Migration to reject the ordinary naturalisation application of the son of an ex-minister of Kazakhstan. The reason for this is the existence of ongoing legal proceedings pending against him.


Administrative assistance to France: UBS’s status as a party revoked

The Swiss Federal Tax Administration has rightly revoked UBS’s status as a party to the ongoing proceedings regarding a request for administrative assistance from France. This is the conclusion that the Federal Administrative Court has come to and it rejects the appeal of UBS.


Fair process in family asylum procedures

In a landmark judgment, the Federal Administrative Court acknowledged the existence of a new specific circumstance that goes against the granting of family asylum. In addition, it considered that ...


Triage in connection with accelerated asylum procedures

The Federal Administrative Court approves the appeal of an asylum seeker whose procedures were dealt with and decided on an accelerated basis. Despite the complexity of the case, the State Secretariat for Migration had not opted for extended procedures, resulting in only a short time limit of 7 working days to file an appeal instead of the standard 30 calendar days.


Commander of a border guard region rightly transferred

The command of the Swiss Border Guard transferred the commander of Region IV to another location and another role at the end of 2018. The Federal Administrative Court (FAC) confirms the disciplinary measures imposed.


The allocation to a specific federal centre does not deprive an asylum seeker of his right to liberty

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court rules that the allocation to the specific centre in Les Verrières ordered by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and the measures imposed as part of the operation of the centre do not deprive the appellant of their right to liberty...


Sanction imposed on Musik Hug economically viable

In the light of price agreements relating to the sale of grand and upright pianos, the Competition Commission imposed a fine on Musik Hug AG of CHF 445,000. The Federal Administrative Court judges the sanction to be proportionate and dismisses the music company’s appeal.


Gerichtsbetrieb während der Coronakrise

In Ergänzung zum Bundesratsbeschluss hat das
Bundesverwaltungsgericht Beschlüsse zu den richterlichen Fristen und zur Zustellung von verfahrensrelevanten Akten gefasst. Den Rechtsprechungsbetrieb gewährleistet es unter anderem mit erweiterter Telearbeit


Asylum: Federal Administrative Court largely complying with new time limits

In the first year of the new Asylum Act, the Federal Administrative Court complied with the statutory time limits for processing applications for asylum in 70 per cent of cases...


Geschäftsbericht 2019: Grosse Arbeitslast und kürzere Verfahrensdauer

Gemeinsame Medienmitteilung des Bundesgerichts, des Bundesstrafgerichts, des Bundesverwaltungsgerichts und des Bundespatentgerichts zu den Geschäftsberichten 2019.


Building permit issued for the Vigie-Gonin road link

The Federal Administrative Court dismisses the appeal against the construction of the Vigie-Gonin road link. The construction of the Vigie-Gonin road link to put the t1 in exclusive right-of-way on the Rue de Genève justifies the clearing of the Flon forest.



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