House of Cantons
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 implementing the idea was approved by the cantonal governments in 2005. In June 2007, within the framework of the Conference of Cantonal Governments (CCG), the cantonal governments gave their definitive consent to the establishment of the House of Cantons at Speichergasse 6 in Bern. After a phase of renovations, the House of Cantons opened its doors. It is now home to the secretariats of 13 governmental and directors' conferences, as well as other affiliated institutions. It is the workplace of around 200 individuals, and is now almost full to capacity.
The House of Cantons strengthens intercantonal cooperation and creates synergies between the different conferences. It also offers a central location for meetings and events. Its annual running costs come to around CHF 1.9 million, which is met by the cantons.
The ch Foundation is the building's leaseholder and is responsible for running the House of Cantons. Its role includes managing the reception and the multifunctional conference rooms.
For further information, please visit the House of Cantons online.