The Responsibilities of the Federal Council
Jointly with the National Council, the Federal Council exercises the legislative power at federal level. It can raise objections to legislative decisions of the National Council. Such objections must be reasoned and mostly have only a suspensive effect.
The Federal Council cannot prevent legislation but only delay it. There are, however, some matters on which the Federal Council has an absolute veto, or in other words, a law cannot be passed without the consent of the Federal Council. It is also referred to as the Chamber of Provinces. Its members are delegated by the Provincial Diets of the nine Federal Provinces.