Christine Beerli

Solicitor, former members of the city counsel in Bern. Vice-president of CICR.

"According to the media – in German and French speaking Swiss – Bien is a city where it is difficult to live because of traffic congestion, drugs and a high crime rate.

It is therefore surprising to see that the inhabitants of the city are pleased with the quality of their life. If we stay sometime without judging immediately and in order to give ourselves the chance to discover it, we are touched by the discreet charm of this bilingual city. The bilingualism is at the heart of Bien’s identity as it is this mixing of cultures that transforms it into a lively and interesting place.

As a German Swiss who has a lot of connections with the French Swiss I plead for a politic favorable to the French Language and bilingualism including in schools. We have the great chance to live in such a cultural context which is so invigorating and diverse: Let us be worthy of it!"

Solicitor, Christine Beerli was born in 1953 and started her political career in 1980 when she worked for the Bien City counsel. From 1986 to 1991 she was a member of the City counsel before entering the States counsel in 2003. From 2004 to 2009 she was the head of the City and Science Foundation before becoming in 2006 the head of Swissmedic, the Swiss authority for the control and authorization of therapeutics drugs.