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9 WEDNESDAY 06:30 It is early morning in the west wing of the Fed- eral Palace and a member of the cleaning staff is busy polishing the floor. Some of the Federal Chancellery staff unit members are already making final prepara- tions for the Federal Council meeting. All last-minute communications from the departments must be incor- porated into the agenda lists by 8 am. 08:30 The Federal Chancellor meets the Vice Chancel- lors in her office to discuss final points on coordination. They then go upstairs to the stately wooden-panelled Federal Council chamber. The laptop is kept under lock and key between meetings 08:45 Vice Chancellor André Simonazzi starts the laptop reserved exclusively for Federal ­­Council meetings, the only technical aid in the room. The lap- top is kept under lock and key between meetings.­ Mr Simonazzi distributes a brief overview of the items of business which have already been prepared for com- munication to the public at the post-meeting media conference. Although the Federal Council’s position is clearly stated at media conferences, it is not a propa- ganda exercise. Rechtliche Grundlagen Dokumentation André Simonazzi Vice Chancellor André Simonazzi is Federal Council Spokesman and a member of the Federal Chancellery’s management team. He is head of the Information and Communications Section. He is ­responsible for Federal Council communications and coordi- nates the exchange of information with all the departments and sets standards for government communication in ordinary and extraordinary situations. No propaganda The principles of information and communication provided by the Federal Council and the federal administration are summarised in a strict guideline. The guideline includes the following key points: the government provides active, timely, correct, factual and comprehensive information. The guideline further requires information to be coherent, coordinated and transparent. The Federal Council’s mandate to provide informa- tion is anchored in law. The Federal Constitution and the Government and Administration Organisation Act (GAOA) oblige the government to ensure open communication. This publication is available in German, French and Italian.