Language quotas introduced

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

This content was published on June 4, 2010 - 16:40

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.

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