The Digital Switzerland Strategy sets out guidelines for government action and delineates how the authorities, businesses, academic community, civil society and politics must work together to shape the transformation process for the good of all. From 1998 to 2020, OFCOM's Digital Switzerland Office oversaw the further development and implementation of the Digital Switzerland Strategy.
The recent reorganisation of digital transformation and ICT governance in the Federal Administration saw the Office's tasks in connection with the Digital Switzerland Strategy transferred to the Federal Chancellery from 1 January 2021 and the appointment of Daniel Markwalder as the Federal Council Delegate for Digital Transformation and ICT Steering (D-DTI).
Switzerland and the Digital Strategy of the European Union
Since February 2020, the EU has had a new digital strategy which, through various legislative proposals, has focused on areas such as online platforms, data policy and artificial intelligence. Today, the EU Digital Agenda includes 35 different measures. Some of these measures were communicated at the beginning of the mandate of the Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen and are now completed, others were added later and are still being implemented.
As part of the Digital Switzerland strategy of September 2020, the Federal Council commissioned OFCOM to regularly monitor the impact of the EU's digital strategy on Switzerland. This monitoring is carried out in collaboration with the State Secretariat FDFA and all the federal agencies involved. The corresponding coordination group, which is internal to the administration and led by OFCOM and the State Secretariat FDFA, carried out an in-depth analysis of the measures planned by the EU and their possible impact on Switzerland from November 2022 to January 2023. This analysis document is a product of the federal government's Interdepartmental Coordination Group for EU Digital Policy. It provides an overview of the various measures of the EU's digital strategy and analyses their possible impact on Switzerland.
This document is a snapshot of the situation (as of 15 March 2023). The measures documented are at different stages and progressing more or less rapidly in the European legislative process. Some measures could therefore still evolve considerably. This document, and the analyses it contains, should therefore be consulted with some caution. The specific consequences for Switzerland can only be assessed more precisely once the respective legislative work has been completed.
Last modification 18.04.2023