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15 12:00 Federal Palace West Wing, ground floor: Over the past three hours, the information service of the Fed- eral Chancellery has been working flat out. The press releases for three of the items of business adopted by the Federal Council just minutes ago need to be updated in collaboration with the lead departments. As the press releases need to be published in German, French and Italian, the translators will also have to give up their lunch break. Time is running out. The press confer- ence given by the Federal Council in the Federal Palace Media Centre is scheduled for 2 pm. A Federal Council- lor will accompany the Federal Council Spokesman. Two flags raised Two Swiss flags are raised in the media centre press con- ference room. This is standard procedure when mem- bers of the Federal Council address the media. The Federal Chancellery’s web specialists prepare­­ for the live broadcast of the press conference. 13:50 The Federal Councillor and the Federal Coun- cil Spokesman run through the sequence of the press conference. The departmental head of information is also on hand to coordinate individual interview requests with journalists. The press conferences given by the Federal Council are broadcast live at Online press conferences are one of the many web-based services offered by the Federal Chancellery. The flagship serv- ices are the portals and