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Leadership vacuum in agricultural policy

For many years, it is clear that the Director of the Federal office for agriculture (foag) at the end of June 2019 to retire. However, only just over a week ago, Federal councillor Guy Parmelin has written out the body of Bernard Lehmann. The late chief search provoked in the office of a prolonged leadership vacuum as Parmelin yourself must acknowledge. He hope, said the SVP Federal Council in the "peasant newspaper", the New "could start by the end of the year". In the meantime, hold the Vice Directors have to lead the office.

The leadership vacuum meets the BLW in a delicate Phase: In the second half of the year, paving the way for the future of agricultural policy in Switzerland has to it. Until the beginning of 2020, the entire Federal Council must be the so-called agricultural policy (AP) 22+. A draft was prepared under Parmelins predecessor Johann Schneider-Ammann (FDP), however, was disheveled in the process.

Why only now?

Uncontested only of the financial framework: in the future, the Federal government will spend a year close to 3.5 billion Swiss francs, and for agricultural subsidies. Everything else is controversial: For the builders Association of the template contains too much bureaucracy and too little economic prospects for the farmers. For the economic umbrella organisation Economiesuisse you taken a much-needed structural improvements. And for the environmental associations there is a lack of progress in Ecology.

What will make Parmelin in this Situation, is the big question. His media office said only that he would not re-railing "the agricultural policy 22+ new", but "with stakeholders," some controversial aspects of "deepen discussion".

the Federal government is against this Background, so a lot of time for the chief search in the BLW, joins in the European Parliament. SP-Nationalrat Beat Jans asks the entire Federal Council, in an Interpellation, why he left the thing in such a long loop. After all, you know since Lehmann took office eight years ago, that the man will retire in mid-2019.

Parmelin is only since the beginning of this year, for the foag is responsible. First, he is justified in the "peasant newspaper", you need a specification and a search Committee insert. However, these declarations Jans does not apply: at Least, the Vacancy would have been able to make Parmelin long – if not its predecessor, Schneider-Ammann, Jan.

CVP national councillor Markus Ritter, President of the farmers Association, the Interregnum in the BLW is less dramatic. For him it is "already clear" what Parmelin now. The farmers and the cantonal agricultural offices were not simply in the position to cope with already a larger agricultural reform. Therefore, the agricultural policy 22+ administratively simplified and "much slimmer to be had". And, as knights, must be the new BLW-Director mandatory in the office.

Röstis profile is nearly perfect

In the industry for the foreseeable vacuum leads for months to speculation. The "peasant newspaper" mentions a number of cantonal agricultural officials and heads of agricultural schools as a possible Lehmann's successor, but a favorite is not yet in sight. In this Situation, a very hot Name circulating in the BLW now: Albert Rösti, President of the SVP Switzerland, could be the new Director.

on paper at Least, Rösti brings a near-perfect profile: The 51-year-old Berner is not only a trained agricultural engineer, ETH. As a former Director of Swissmilk, he is also familiar with the industry, and as a national councillor, he knows the Parliament. Parmelin, in turn, sees with the expectations of his party, faced the economic and to equip training Department more with the SVP-personnel. In the BLW Parmelin could meet these expectations is easier than, for example, in the state secretariats for education and for the economy.

Albert Rösti is dismissive, however, clear. A few years earlier the chief post in the Federal office for agriculture, for him, would have been quite "exciting", he says, but at the present time, was excluded. He was President of the largest party and could and not wanted to change "is sure to be a few months before the Federal elections in the Federal administration".

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 17.04.2019, 19:00 Uhr

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