The president of Switzerland is actually not the head of this state, since these functions collectively perform all the members of the federal government.
But the president's voice is decisive when it comes to discussing current affairs.
The period during which the Swiss President performs his duties fairly short - just one year.
In 2014, in the post he joined Didier Burkhalter.
Didier Burkhalter - Switzerland's president for 2014
President of Switzerland by traditionelected for a term from the government of the country for one year. As he performs his duties, leaving the same position during this time. President's functions are generally representative. He appealed to the country during the holidays, at the opening of official events Visits to foreign countries.
In early January 2014 in the office of the presidentSwitzerland joined Didier Burkhalter. The elections, which took place in December of the previous year, provided the new president almost ninety percent of the votes of the members of parliament. Prior to that, the president was the Swiss defense minister Ueli Maurer, who represented the right-wing Swiss People's Party.
Didier Burkhalter was born in 1960, and inentered politics in the early '90s, becoming a member of parliament of one of the cantons of Switzerland. he went ten years in the country's National Council, and then to the Council of States of Switzerland. Since January 2013 Burkhalter served as vice president, combining this post with the leadership of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The new president of Switzerland is married, he is a father of three children. By education Burkhalter - economist.
Swiss President: Priorities for activities
The new president of the country, representing the FreeDemocratic Party intends focuses on foreign policy and international relations, including cooperation with countries outside the European Union. Since Burkhalter is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country, he was close to the issues related to the foreign policy of the state.
The active participation of the President of Switzerland took indevelopments relating to the crisis in Ukraine. At the beginning of March 2014 Burkhalter made a statement that this country should be sent for Security and Cooperation delegation in Europe (OSCE).
The President expressed concern about the fact that Ukraine today there is no sufficient guarantees of security and respect for human rights.
The new president of Switzerland called on the partiesUkrainian conflict to respect the principles underlying the activities of the OSCE, including the territorial integrity of sovereign states. Switzerland actively and purposefully working on the convening of the Contact Group on the situation in Ukraine, which could become a mediator between the parties to the conflict and to coordinate assistance to Kiev at the level of international representatives.