Ǥ 102 (1) The President of the Executive Council chairs the Executive Council for the duration of one period of office.

(2) He or she heads, plans and co-ordinates the official activities of the Executive Council as a co-operative authority, and represents this internally and externally.»

Constitution of the Canton of Basel-Stadt of 23 March 2005


The Department of Presidential Affairs supports the Administrative Authority in conjunction with the management, planning and co-ordination of the work of the Executive Board. Information and expertise are processed within the departmental units, and strategies for supporting planning and decision-making processes are formulated.

Internal and external representation is another core responsibility. In addition to these administrative functions, the Department of Presidential Affairs also takes on important administrative duties, specifically in the field of cultural promotion and support.