For sick federal councillors
The Federal Council room now has internet access
The meetings of the Swiss government are top secret. In order to protect the discussions of the Federal Council, there is actually a strict ban on electronic devices in the Federal Council room – but that no longer applies so strictly.
At the Federal Council meetings, the members of the government carry many colored folders with them. Because electronic devices are prohibited in the Federal Council room.
When the Swiss government meets for a joint meeting on Wednesday morning, the highest security precautions apply. Electronic devices in the room are strictly forbidden in order to protect Switzerland from possible eavesdropping attacks. For example, the seven Federal Councilors have to deposit their smartphones in lockers in the antechamber – or they don’t even take them to the meeting.
So far, only one computer has been in the Federal Council room – it belongs to the clerk of the minutes. This device has been prepared in such a way that no data can leak out. For everyone else, electronic devices are taboo. On the one hand for safety reasons, but on the other hand also so that nobody is distracted.
But now this ban has been relaxed somewhat. Because VBS boss Viola Amherd (60) has contracted the corona virus and can only join the session online.
This means that the Federal Council Chamber now also has internet access! “During the pandemic, the likelihood has increased that someone would be able to attend the meeting, but would have to forgo it because of the risk of infection,” Federal Council spokesman André Simonazzi (54) told Blick.
System previously “rarely” used
For these reasons, a system was installed that enables magistrates to be connected. With the appropriate safety precautions, of course. For security reasons, Simonazzi cannot reveal what these are. Only so much: “This system corresponds to the security standards that have been defined for it.”
The system has so far been used “very rarely” because it was only procured for this specific situation of a Covid infection, the Vice Chancellor continued.
It is not known whether and which members of the government have already dialed into the Federal Council meeting online. With Amherd, the sixth member of the Federal Council has been infected with the corona virus this year. Although all federal councilors have been vaccinated and boosted, only FDP magistrate Karin Keller-Sutter (58) has so far been spared from being infected with the virus. (you)