The idea of a "House of Cantons", which would bring all the intercantonal Conferences of Directors together under one roof, was first discussed back in the early 1990s. An initial policy paper for implementing the idea was approved by the cantonal governments in 2005. In June 2007, within the framework of the CCG, the cantonal governments gave their definitive consent to the establishment of the House of Cantons at Speichergasse 6 in Berne. Just under a year later, the secretariats of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK), Finance (FDK), Public Health (GDK), Cantonal Governments (CCG), Justice and the Police (KKJPD), and Social Affairs (SODK) moved into their shared premises, along with various affiliated organizations. The annual running costs of the House of Cantons, which are borne by the cantons, come to around CHF 1.9 million. With the relocation to the House of Cantons of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Building, Planning and Environment (BPUK) and Public Transport (KöV) in summer 2009, and of the Economy (VDK) in summer 2010, the space available has now been virtually filled to capacity.
The ch Foundation is the leaseholder of the building and is responsible for running the House of Cantons. It is particularly involved with the management of its reception area and multifunctional conference rooms.
For more information, please visit the House of Cantons online.