Five federal councilors on the road on August 1

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Five federal councilors on the road on August 1







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On August 1, the President of the Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga and Karin Keller-Sutter opened fires by saluting the exemplary attitude of the population during the pandemic. In total, five ministers travel through Switzerland for the national holiday.

“When the situation demands it, we are more than the addition of 26 cantons and 8.5 million inhabitants,” said Simonetta Sommaruga in her radio and television speech on August 1 on Saturday. . Before thanking the Helvetians for their commitment.

The President of the Confederation paid tribute to “all those who made sure that Switzerland did not stop functioning during the pandemic.” Switzerland stands firm, solid and united “, she stressed.

The Bernoise went to a meadow in Grütli closed to the public at noon. Those interested were able to follow the 1.5-hour celebration live on the Internet. Simonetta Sommaruga was then to join Lausanne in the evening to address the Romans from the Montbenon park.

“Impressive” cohesion

In Schaffhausen, Minister of Justice Karin-Keller-Sutter praised Switzerland’s consistency and capacity for compromise in the management of major crises, such as that of the coronavirus.

According to her, this cohesion has been clearly demonstrated in recent months when the population of cantons like Schaffhausen has shown solidarity with the binding measures taken to protect the entire population, even though the canton was clearly less affected than the Ticino or French-speaking Switzerland.

Speeches and brunches

The Minister of the Economy Guy Parmelin also crisscrosses Switzerland on Saturday: in the morning, he participated in a brunch in Chur on the Salis family farm with a Swiss and Graubünden delegation from the Swiss Union of Peasants. In 150 farms, the population was able to take the opportunity to feast on one of the traditional brunches.

In the evening, the Vaudois was to go to Cavaione in the municipality of Brusio, in the south of Graubünden, and deliver a speech there. Cavaione is the last region of Switzerland to join Confederation in 1874.

The Minister of Health, Alain Berset, has chosen Ticino for the National Day and will speak in the evening in Bellinzona. Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis had already visited Ticino on Friday. He visited 400 teenagers in the summer camp at the National Youth Sports Center in Tenero.

Defense Minister Viola Amherd did not visit the city of Lucerne due to the cancellation of the festivities. As for Finance Minister Ueli Maurer, nothing was planned, but a surprise appearance was not excluded.

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