Government Council

Mitglieder des Regierungsrates posieren im Hörsaal der Pädagogischen Hochschule Zürich.

The Government Council is the supreme executive authority in the canton. It upholds the constitution and enforces the laws, ordinances, and decisions of the Cantonal Parliament. Its seven full-time members are elected by popular majority vote every four years.

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Welcome

«Canton Zurich is such a beautiful place to be!

What makes our canton so special is the astonishing variety that exists within such a small area – with everything from the high hills of the Oberland and the picturesque vineyards of the Weinland to clean rivers and lakes and a pulsating, extremely liveable city.

Canton Zurich is the economic, social and cultural heart of Switzerland. It’s also an outstanding, internationally renowned centre of education.

An intact economy with healthy businesses is key to wellbeing and prosperity. The task of the Canton Zurich authorities lies in making sure the optimum framework is in place and assuring a high quality of life. This includes an excellent education system, stable legal structures, safety, security and good healthcare for members of the public, an advanced transport infrastructure, solid financial policy and a broad cultural offering. It’s a great joy and honour for me and my colleagues on the Government Council to work for the benefit of Canton Zurich. This booklet describes the work our departments and Chancellery do on a daily basis to keep the canton moving forward.»

Dr. Silvia Steiner, President of the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich

Members

Silvia Steiner, Regierungspräsidentin.

Dr. Silvia Steiner

President and Head of the Department of Education

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 Jacqueline Fehr., Regierungsrätin.

Jacqueline Fehr

Vice President and Head of the Department of Justice and Home Affairs

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Ernst Stocker., Regierungsrat.

Ernst Stocker

Head of the Department of Finance

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Mario Fehr, Regierungsrat

Mario Fehr

Head of the Department of Security

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Carmen Walker Späh, Regierungsrätin

Carmen Walker Späh

Head of the Department for Economic Affairs

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Natalie Rickli, Regierungsrätin.

Natalie Rickli

Head of the Department of Health

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Martin Neukom, Regierungsrat.

Martin Neukom

Head of the Building Department

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More about the Government Council

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For the term from May 1st, 2020, to April 30th, 2021, the Government Council elected Dr. Silvia Steiner as its president and Jacqueline Fehr as its vice president.

The order in which members are elected president depends on how long they have been in office. Newly elected members of the Government Council must usually wait until all members who have been in office longer than themselves have been president. Only then can they be elected vice president and subsequently president of the Government Council.

If several members were elected into the Government Council on the same date, the older member is given priority.

In certain justified cases, the Government Council can make an exception to this rule. If, for example, a member takes over a new department at the same time, their presidency can be postponed by one year.

Department Head Proxy
Department of Justice and Home Affairs Jacqueline Fehr Natalie Rickli
Department of Security Mario Fehr Carmen Walker Späh
Department of Finance Ernst Stocker Mario Fehr
Department for Economic Affairs Carmen Walker Späh Martin Neukom
Department of Health Natalie Rickli Dr. Silvia Steiner
Department of Education Dr. Silvia Steiner Jacqueline Fehr
Building Department Martin Neukom
Ernst Stocker
Chancellery Dr. Kathrin Arioli Dr. Peter Hösli

The report and the guidelines of the Government Council on public corporate governance answer questions concerning the outsourced performance of public tasks and the establishment, management, and supervision of the participations of the Canton of Zurich.

The Government Council defines participations as independent organisations and companies under public or private law wholly or partially owned by the canton which perform public tasks or contribute to them, e.g. the University of Zurich, Flughafen Zürich AG, Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (cantonal electric utility company), or Abraxas Informatik AG.

The guidelines came into effect on April 1st, 2014. With its decree from the 3rd of July 2019, the Government Council changed the guidelines and made the addendum including the participations of the Canton of Zurich a separate document.

Bericht über die Public Corporate Governance

Bericht über die Public Corporate Governance
Bericht über die Public Corporate Governance
Publisher and source of supply
Regierungsrat
Publication date
January 2019

The Government Council's duties

The Government Council is the supreme executive authority in the canton. Its seven full-time members are elected by popular majority vote every four years and take decisions together as a collegial body. The Government Council’s duties include:

  • Drafting laws, amendments to the constitution and legislation and spending bills for approval by the cantonal parliament or
    the electorate
  • Managing a cantonal administration with about 33,000 staff
  • Determining the interim and long-term goals of government policies
  • Supervising the various authorities
  • Preparing the budget
  • Representing the canton within Switzerland with respect to the Confederation and other cantons
  • Negotiating international and intercantonal agreements
  • Ruling on administrative appeals
  • Recruiting top-level administrative staff

Chancellor

Kathrin Arioli , Staatsschreiberin.

Dr. Kathrin Arioli

Chancellor of the Canton of Zurich

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Brochure

Government Council 2019/20

Government Council 2019/20
Government Council 2019/20
Publisher and source of supply
Chancellery
Publication date
May 2019

Government Council Communications

Andreas Melchior., Regierungssprecher

Andreas Melchior

Spokesperson of the Goverment Council

Leitlinien zur Kommunikation

Leitlinien zur Kommunikation
Leitlinien zur Kommunikation
Publisher and source of supply
Staatskanzlei
Publication date
September 2017
Author
Kommunikationsabteilung des Regierungsrates

Contact

Staatskanzlei – Kommunikationsabteilung des Regierungsrates

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