Swiss Federal Council adopts second addendum to 2023 budget

Bern, 15.09.2023

During its meeting on September15, 2023, the Federal Council approved the second addendum to the 2023 budget. It is submitting 13 supplementary credits totalling CHF 241 million to Parliament. These mainly relate to the procurement of a new aircraft for the Federal Air Transport Service, the operating expenditure of the federal asylum centres and a one-off contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The largest addendum item concerns the procurement of a new aircraft for the Federal Air Transport Service (103.2 mn), which the Federal Council decided upon and communicated on 30 August 2023. Owing to their age and susceptibility to breakdowns, some of the existing aircraft are in need of replacement, and it is therefore planned to replace one aircraft in 2025. Given the strained budgetary situation in 2024 and 2025, the purchase price is to be fully paid in the 2023 fiscal year.

Other large addenda concern the operating expenditure of the federal asylum centres (51.5 mn) arising from an ongoing increase in the number of asylum seekers, and a contribution to the headquarters of the ICRC (50.0 mn). The ICRC’s expenditure has grown sharply in recent years as a result of the war in Ukraine. At the same time, the major state donors have cut their contributions. In order to ensure the organisation’s continued existence, the Federal Council approved this one-off credit on 30 August 2023. Two other supplementary credits relate to the fight against abuse in sureties for COVID-19 credits (13.0 mn) and the ICT operating costs for the Federal Tax Administration (5.0 mn).

CHF 5.6 million of the 13 supplementary credits will be offset. In addition, supplementary credits totalling CHF 230 million have been requested for the separate accounts. Of this, around two thirds are for the operation, extension and maintenance of motorways (146.2 million) and one third for preserving the value of the railway infrastructure (83.3 million).