Didier Burkhalter (born April 17, 1960 in Neuchâtel , full name Didier Eric Burkhalter , resident in Neuchâtel and Sumiswald ) is a Swiss politician ( FDP ). He was President of the Swiss Confederation from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 .
Burkhalter was politically active in the Hauterive community from May 1988 to September 1990 . Between July 1991 and June 2005 he was in office in the city government of Neuchâtel, and between May 1990 and May 2001 he was also a member of the cantonal parliament of the canton of Neuchâtel . From the 2003 elections to December 2007, he was a member of the National Council . In the election on November 11, 2007 , he was elected to the Council of States . Since 2005 he has been vice-president of the FDP-Liberal parliamentary group of the Federal Assembly , and he also presided over its Council of States group from 2007 until he took office as Federal Councilor.
On September 16, 2009, he was elected to the Federal Council to succeed Pascal Couchepin . He took up his post on November 1, 2009 as head of the Department of Home Affairs (EDI). On January 1, 2012, he moved to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to succeed Micheline Calmy-Rey . On December 5, 2012, the United Federal Assembly elected him Vice-President for 2013 with 205 out of 237 votes. On December 4, 2013, Burkhalter was elected President of 2014 with 183 out of 202 valid votes . In the general renewal elections in 2015 on December 9, the United Federal Assembly confirmed him as Federal Councilor with 217 of 231 valid votes. At the end of October 2017, he resigned from his position. His successor in the FDFA is his Ticino party colleague Ignazio Cassis .
Since Switzerland chaired the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014 , Burkhalter became the acting chairman of the OSCE during his year as president. He stated that the security situation in Europe deteriorated in 2014 due to the Ukraine crisis .
On June 14, 2017, Federal Councilor Burkhalter announced his resignation as of October 31.
Burkhalter belongs neither to the right nor to the left wing of the FDP, advocates economic liberalization and an open foreign policy and agrees on most points with the line of his party. However, he is not your typical business representative. He also strongly advocates integration, for example advocating the right to vote and be elected for foreigners at community level.
Burkhalter was nominated by his party together with the right-wing liberal Geneva National Councilor Christian Lüscher for the 2009 Federal Council election. The CVP ported its own candidate, the Freiburg Council of States and parliamentary group president Urs Schwaller . After Lüscher had declared his resignation after the third ballot, Burkhalter achieved an absolute majority in the fourth ballot with a lead of 23 votes over Schwaller. As Pascal Couchepin's successor, Burkhalter also took over as chairman of the Department of Home Affairs . Didier Burkhalter officially assumed office as Federal Councilor on November 1, 2009 after the symbolic “handover of the keys” on October 30th. He said health insurance was high on his agenda. On December 16, 2011, it was announced that Burkhalter was moving to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on January 1, 2012 as the successor to Micheline Calmy-Rey.
On December 5, 2012 Didier Burkhalter was elected Vice President of the Federal Council with 205 of 219 valid votes. Almost a year later, on December 4, 2013, Parliament elected him Federal President 2014 with 183 votes.
Visits abroad as Federal President and OSCE Chairman in 2014
|January 16th and 17th||Vienna ( Austria )||
Meeting with the Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer and speech at the Permanent Council of the OSCE
|January 27th and 28th||Warsaw and Krakow ( Poland )||
|February 1st||Munich ( Germany )||
Participation in the Munich Security Conference
|February 2nd to 6th||Tokyo and Kamakura ( Japan )||
|February 7th and 8th||Sochi ( Russia )||
Participation in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics
|February 18||Berlin ( Germany ) and Paris ( France )||
|February 24th and 25th||New York City and Washington, DC ( United States )||
|5. March||Paris ( France )||
Participation in a conference on the situation in Libya
|March 24th and 25th||The Hague ( Netherlands )||
Participation in the summit on nuclear safety
|April 7th and 8th||Helsinki ( Finland )||
Meeting with the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
|11 April||Kiev ( Ukraine )||
Meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrij Deschyzja
|April 24th||Belgrade ( Serbia )||
Meeting with the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and the Prime Minister- elect Aleksandar Vučić
|April 24th||Tirana ( Albania )||
Meeting with the Albanian President Bujar Nishani
|April 25||Pristina and Kosovska Mitrovica ( Kosovo )||
|May 6th||Vienna ( Austria )||
Participation in the 124th meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
|May 7th||Moscow ( Russia )||
Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
|May 7th||Brussels ( Belgium )||
Meeting with the EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy
|12th of May||Brussels ( Belgium )||
Participation in the meeting of EU foreign ministers on the situation in Ukraine
|2th of June||Baku ( Azerbaijan )||
Meeting with the President of Azerbaijan İlham Əliyev
|3rd of June||Tbilisi ( Georgia )||
Meeting with the Georgian President Giorgi Margwelashvili and the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili
|June 4th||Yerevan ( Armenia )||
Meeting with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan
|June 6th and 7th||Kiev ( Ukraine )||
Participation in the inauguration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
|June 24th||Vienna ( Austria )||
Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
|June 27th and 28th||Baku ( Azerbaijan )||
Participation in the annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
|29th of July||Rome ( Italy )||
Meeting with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
|August 25||Berlin ( Germany ) and Tallinn ( Estonia )||
|5th September||Newport ( United Kingdom )||
Participation in the NATO summit
|September 10||Prague ( Czech Republic )||
|September 11||Riga ( Latvia )||
Meeting with the Latvian President Andris Bērziņš and the Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma
|16th September||Rostock ( Germany )||
Participation in the annual meeting of German-speaking heads of state
|September 23-26||New York City ( United States )||
Participation in the 69th UN General Assembly
|October, 16th||Milan ( Italy )||
Participation in the ASEM summit
|28th of October||Berlin ( Germany )||
Participation in a conference on the situation in Libya
|30th of October||Paris ( France )||
Meeting with the French President François Hollande
|November 13th||Berlin ( Germany )||
Participation in the OSCE Anti-Semitism Conference
|14th November||Ypres and Brussels ( Belgium )||
|20th November||Ashgabat ( Turkmenistan )||
Meeting with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and the Turkmen Foreign Minister Raşit Meredow
|20th November||Astana ( Kazakhstan )||
Meeting with the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev
|21st November||Tashkent ( Uzbekistan )||
Meeting with Uzbek President Islom Karimov
|22nd of November||Dushanbe ( Tajikistan )||
Meeting with the Tajik President Emomalij Rahmon
|22nd of November||Bishkek ( Kyrgyzstan )||
Meeting with the Kyrgyz President Almasbek Atambayev and the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbayev
|November 27th||Berlin ( Germany )||
Participation in the meeting of four German-speaking foreign ministers
|9th of December||Bratislava ( Slovakia )||
Participation in the meeting of the Visegrád group
- 2014: Honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel
- 2015: Swiss of the year 2014
Burkhalter studied economics , is married, lives in Neuchâtel and has three children.
- Didier Burkhalter in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
- Didier Burkhalter on the website of the Federal Assembly
- Literature by and about Didier Burkhalter in the catalog of the German National Library
- OSCE Presidency of Switzerland 2014
- ↑ Swiss Federal Chancellery: The Confederation in Brief , page 55. Published 2011
- ↑ a b c Burkhalter: "I will wear different ties than bricklayers" . Tagesschau (SRF) . December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- ↑ David Signer: OSCE Meeting - Russia turns deaf. At its meeting in Basel, the OSCE Council of Ministers was unable to agree on a declaration on Ukraine. There were deep rifts between Russia and the rest of the participants. In: NZZ online. NZZ Group, December 5, 2014, p. 1 , accessed December 23, 2014 .
- ↑ Gregor Poletti, Peter Meier: "When we celebrate Federer as the world's best, it is not arrogant". Didier Burkhalter takes stock of his presidential year - and explains why Switzerland needs to be more present on the international stage. In: Tages-Anzeiger online. Tamedia , December 17, 2014, p. 1 , accessed on December 23, 2014 : “From an international perspective, the conclusion is not positive: The security situation in Europe is worse than it was a year ago. We are not in a world at war, but in a world of tension "
- ^ Désirée Föry: Resignation of Didier Burkhalter - "Je ne regrette rien". In: NZZ online. NZZ Group, June 14, 2017, p. 1 , accessed June 14, 2017 .
- ↑ sda , morr; muei: Federal Councilor resigns - Burkhalter: "I made the decision last Sunday". In: Radio SRF 4 News online. SRF , June 14, 2017, p. 1 , accessed June 14, 2017 .
- ↑ kaf, oli, sda : As of the end of October - Didier Burkhalter resigns as Federal Councilor. In: 20 minutes online. Tamedia , June 14, 2017, p. 1 , accessed June 14, 2017 .
- ^ Federal Councilor Burkhalter advocates voting rights for foreigners , Tages-Anzeiger online, September 16, 2009
- ↑ see profile at smartvote
- ↑ Didier Burkhalter: Loyal, hardworking and experienced Radio DRS September 16, 2009
- ↑ "I swear before God" Federal Council election procedure on Tages-Anzeiger online, September 16, 2009
- ↑ sda : Key handover of the outgoing Federal Council to successor Burkhalter - Couchepin: The curtain falls. In: NZZ online. NZZ Group, October 30, 2009, p. 1 , accessed on November 1, 2009 : “... that health insurance is at the top of his agenda. But the promotion of research, innovation and culture are also on his agenda "
- ↑ Burkhalter becomes Foreign Minister, Berset Interior Minister . In: Tages-Anzeiger . December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- ↑ flok, sda : Dies academicus - University of Neuchâtel honors Federal President Burkhalter with an honorary doctorate. In: news.ch. VADIAN.NET AG, November 1, 2014, p. 1 , accessed on November 2, 2014 .
- ↑ Simon Gemperli: Controversy over honorary doctorates - Too much honor for Didier Burkhalter? No current Federal Councilor has recently received an honorary doctorate. The University of Neuchâtel is now breaking with this 50-year tradition. This raises questions about the role of government members. In: NZZ online. NZZ Group, June 13, 2014, p. 1 , accessed June 15, 2017 .
- ↑ Susanna Ellner: Swiss of the Year 2014 - Burkhalter voted very clearly. In: NZZ online. NZZ Group, January 11, 2015, p. 1 , accessed on June 16, 2017 .
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Burkhalter, Didier Eric (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Swiss politician (FDP)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 17, 1960|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Neuchâtel|