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Language quotas introduced

The cabinet has decided that the nation’s languages should be represented proportionately within the federal administration.

With that in mind, language quotas will be introduced, the government announced on Friday.

The goal is that 70 per cent of government employees be German-speaking, 22 per cent French-speaking, seven per cent Italian-speaking and one per cent Romansh-speaking.

In order to support the linguistic minorities, the government has established a delegate for multilingualism. In addition, the ministries will hire additional translators.

The government also wants managers to be fluent in a second language and to have a working knowledge of a third one.

The new policy goes into effect on July 1.

swissinfo.ch and agencies

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