Mandates and part-time jobs
Rösti and Baume-Schneider are not yet rid of officials
Anyone who becomes a member of the Federal Council has no time to pursue other professional matters – and they are not allowed to do so. Albert Rösti and Elisabeth Baume-Schneider have not yet given up all their mandates, as a look at the commercial register shows.
With their acceptance of the election, Federal Councilors Albert Rösti and Elisabeth Baume-Schneider declared that they would relinquish all their other offices.
Those who become Federal Councilors do not have to worry about their income. With the cost-of-living adjustment of 2.5 percent, the annual income of the magistrates will rise to CHF 468,275 this year. That’s a good thing to live with.
Part-time jobs are taboo! According to the federal constitution, members of the government may not “have any other gainful employment” in addition to their office. This also applies to association presidencies or other offices.
That is why the two newly elected Federal Councilors Albert Rösti (55) and Elisabeth Baume-Schneider (59) had to get rid of their previous mandates and jobs as quickly as possible in recent weeks. But as the “Tages-Anzeiger” writes, the two have not yet succeeded.
Baume-Schneider is President of the Board of Trustees
The new Bernese SVP Federal Councilor Rösti is still listed in the commercial register as a member of the board of directors of the Spar- und Leihkasse Frutigen and president of Auto-Schweiz, the lobby organization of Swiss automobile importers. The shares in his consulting firm Büro Dr. Rösti GmbH initially transferred Rösti to his wife Theres. Her task should be to liquidate her husband’s company in an orderly manner, as the commercial register notification shows.
Baume-Schneider also did not manage to give up all of her old mandates in time to start as Federal Councilor. The new Minister of Justice is listed in the commercial register as President of the Board of Trustees of the University of Social Work and Health in Lausanne and as Vice President of the Svizra27 National Exhibition Association.
No sanctions to fear
The fact that both have not yet managed to get rid of the offices is probably also due to the militia political system in Switzerland and the short time between election and taking office.
Neither of them have to worry about anything. There is nowhere a defined deadline by which newly elected members of the Federal Council must have formally given up their old offices. (you)