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Cross-section audit Supervision of the universal service - PostCom, ComCom, OFCOM

The Federal Postal Services Commission (PostCom) supervises the market for postal services. The Postal Services Act sets out the universal service mandate for postal services (letters, parcels, newspapers and magazines) and for payment services (account opening, deposits and withdrawals, transfers). The universal service is financed by the turnover of Swiss Post (Art. 46 of the Postal Ordinance). The residual monopoly for domestic letters below 50g is an additional element in financing the two universal service mandates. The annual market volume is around CHF 3.4 billion.

Audit number: 20448

Audit Monitoring of nuclear power plant decommissioning - Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, decommissioning fund for nuclear facilities and disposal fund for nuclear power plants

Until 2019, there were five nuclear power plants operating in Switzerland. In the same year, Mühleberg became the first of them to cease generation activities for economic reasons. The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) monitors nuclear power plants in terms of technical aspects, until the plants no longer present a radiation risk. To finance the decommissioning of the power plants and the waste disposal costs, the Confederation set up two independent funds under public law, in 1984 and 2000 respectively. These are run by the decommissioning fund for nuclear facilities and disposal fund for nuclear power plants (STENFO). The funds are financed by, firstly, contributions from the plant operators and, secondly, long-term returns on fund assets. Owing to the decommissioning of Mühleberg and the preparations for the decommissioning of Beznau, STENFO already made initial decommissioning payments to both operators in 2019.

Audit number: 20018

Audit Results of the subsidy audit on the market premium for large-scale hydropower - Swiss Federal Office of Energy

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) has completed the subsidy audit on the market premium for large-scale hydropower which was announced to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy on 2 July 2021. Following Parliament's decision to extend the market premium, the SFAO performed an abbreviated audit and focused on potential areas for improvement in the implementing provisions.

Audit number: 21332