Ignazio Cassis

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Ignazio Cassis (2021)
Ignazio Cassis (third from left) in the official Federal Council photo 2021

Ignazio Daniele Giovanni Cassis (first name [ iˈɲa.t͡sjo ]; born April 13, 1961 in Sessa ; resident in Biasca and Sessa) is a Swiss politician ( FDP ). On September 20, 2017, the United Federal Assembly elected him to succeed Didier Burkhalter (FDP) in the Federal Council . He has been Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA since November 1, 2017 . He became Federal President on December 8, 2021 elected for the year 2022.


His paternal grandparents immigrated from the border near Luino ( Italy ) to the neighboring municipality of Sessa in Ticino. Father Luigi Daniele (Gino) Cassis was a farmer at first before working for an insurance company, while his mother Mariarosa took care of the household. At birth, Ignazio Cassis had his father's Italian nationality . Together with his three siblings, Ignazio Cassis was granted Swiss citizenship at the request of his father in 1976 , after the canton of Ticino had recently introduced easier naturalization for young people. Since Cassis could not take off his Italian citizenship as a minor, he was henceforth dual citizens, which Swiss law only permitted in exceptional cases until 1992. As part of his 2017 Federal Council candidacy, he finally renounced his Italian citizenship.

Ignazio Cassis studied medicine at the University of Zurich (doctor's degree 1987) and then specialized in internal medicine and public health (Master in Public Health 1996). In 1998 he was at Fred Paccaud at the University of Lausanne to Dr. med. PhD. From 1996 to 2008 he was a canton doctor in Ticino . In the military, after a mountain infantry recruit school as a trumpeter, he became a battalion doctor (major) in the staff of the Ticino Mountain Rifle Battalion 9 due to his medical studies , after which he was active in the staff of the senior field doctor.

Cassis lives in Montagnola and is married to Paola Rodoni Cassis.


Cassis was a local councilor in Collina d'Oro from 2004 to 2014 . In June 2007 he slipped into the National Council as the successor to Laura Sadis , who was elected to the Ticino government. As a member of the National Council, he was a member of the Commission for Social Security and Health. In the federal elections in 2011 and 2015 , he managed to be re-elected without any problems. From 2015 until his election to the Federal Council, he chaired the FDP parliamentary group . From 2008 to 2012 he was Vice President of the Swiss Medical Association FMH . During his time as member of the National Council, Cassis also presided over the Curaviva home association, the Equam Foundation for the quality promotion of general practitioners' practices and the Radix health foundation. In addition, from the end of 2015 until his election to the Federal Council, Cassis was President of the Curafutura health insurance association. At the beginning of September 2017 he became a member of the gun lobby association Pro Tell ; after severe criticism, he resigned after about a month.

After Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter announced his resignation , Cassis was elected to the Federal Council in the second ballot on September 20, 2017 . Even before that, he was considered to be the most promising candidate to succeed Didier Burkhalter, especially because 18 years after Flavio Cotti's resignation, the canton of Ticino pressed for a renewed representation in the state government and the seat of the FDP The Liberals in the Federal Council was undisputed. Rocco Cattaneo inherited his seat on the National Council .

On December 9, 2020, Cassis was elected Vice President for 2021 with 162 valid votes in the United Federal Assembly.

On December 8, 2021, the United Federal Assembly elected him Federal President for 2022 with 157 out of 197 valid votes.

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Individual evidence

  1. Balance sheet (Schweizer Wirtschaftsmagazin) , October 1, 2017, p. 36.
  2. ^ A b c Henry Habegger: Federal Councilor Cassis: archive documents reveal details of his naturalization. In: aargauerzeitung.ch. February 9, 2019, accessed February 10, 2019 .
  3. Oliver Hämmig: Between Two Cultures: Tensions, Conflicts and How to Cope with Them in the Second Generation of Foreigners . Springer-Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-663-11932-6 , pp. 28 ( google.ch [accessed on September 4, 2017]).
  4. Markus Häfliger: Cassis returns Italian passport. In: Tages-Anzeiger. Retrieved August 26, 2017 .
  5. a b Ignazio Cassis ( Memento of 18 June 2011 at the Internet Archive ) on fmh.ch .
  6. ^ Title recording of the dissertation , catalog of the Renouvaud library network , accessed on August 26, 2017.
  7. Commitment to the army. In: Swiss soldier. September 2017, p. 7.
  8. Legislature 2012–2016: Renewal of the central board ( memo of August 26, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 61 kB). FMH. November 26, 2011 (press release).
  9. ^ Andreas Möckli: Ignazio Cassis and the health insurance gossip between Sanitésuisse and Curafutura. In: aargauerzeitung.ch. June 25, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2019 .
  10. Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis is a member of the arms lobby «Pro Tell». www.nzz.ch, October 14, 2017, accessed on October 14, 2017 .
  11. Manuela Nyffenegger: Ignazio Cassis is already leaving the Pro Tell gun lobby. www.nzz.ch, October 16, 2017, accessed on October 16, 2017 .
  12. Almost everything speaks for Ignazio Cassis. In: Tages-Anzeiger. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017 .
  13. 20.219 | Federal Council. Election of the Federal President and the Vice-President of the Federal Council for 2021 | Official Bulletin | The Swiss Parliament , January 6, 2021.
  14. Ignazio Cassis succeeds Guy Parmelin: The Federal President of Switzerland for 2022 has been elected. November 29, 2021, accessed December 8, 2021 .
predecessor government office successor
Didier Burkhalter Member of the Swiss Federal Council
since 2017