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Swiss Digital Policy – Review of the Summer Session 2022

The 2022 summer session was dominated by crisis management. Parliament dealt with rising energy prices, Ukraine, the financial consequences of the Corona pandemic and the effects of climate change. From a digital policy perspective, Parliament made progress on e-government.

The complete review is available in the national languages German and French.

In the summer session from 30 May to 17 June 2022, there are once again more than 50 items on the agenda relating to digital policy – many of them from the fields of e-government and cybersecurity.

The complete review is available in the national languages German and French.

During the short special session from 9 to 11 May 2022, the National Council dealt with over 20 items of business relevant to the ICT economy and the digitisation of Switzerland.

The complete review is available in the national languages German and French.

The reporting obligation is important, but still needs clarification

digitalswitzerland considers the introduction of a reporting obligation for operators of critical infrastructures in the event of cyber attacks to be an important and correct step. The Federal Council’s proposal still needs to be clarified in some points so that ambiguities can be avoided.

Read the media release in German or French.

The full statement is only available in German.

Media contact
Andreas W. Kaelin, digitalswitzerland, Office Bern
Phone +41 31 311 62 45 │ andreas@digitalswitzerland.com

From 9 to 11 May 2022, the National Council will meet in a special session to reduce the accumulated business load. During the three days of the session, more than 20 items of business relevant to the ICT industry and the digitisation of Switzerland are on the agenda. The focus will once again be on e-health, cybersecurity and the modernisation of the world of work.

The complete review is available in the national languages German and French.

The spring session 2022 was marked by the sad events in Ukraine: Right at the beginning of the session, Parliament demanded an immediate ceasefire from the parties to the conflict by means of declarations and supported the adoption of the EU sanctions against Russia decided by the Federal Council.

The complete review is available in the national languages German and French.

Bern/Zurich, 18.03.2022 – In an increasingly digitalised society, cybersecurity has become a key issue. This is particularly true for the protection of critical infrastructures. The Federal Council wants to make improvements here and is therefore conducting a consultation on two legislative proposals at the same time. The submission deadline for the first, the targeted amendment to the Ordinance on Telecommunications Services (OTS) to protect telecommunications infrastructures and services, ends today. The digitalswitzerland association welcomes the revision and proposes individual adjustments for clear and efficient implementation.

Read the press release as web version in German (Download PDF) | in French (Download PDF)
To the complete statement on the Amendment of the Ordinance on Telecommunications Services (OTS) (available in German)

Contact for further information:
Andreas W. Kaelin, digitalswitzerland | Bern Office
Tel. +41 31 311 62 45 │ andreas@digitalswitzerland.com

The ePower parliamentary group discussed the highly topical and virulent subject of cyber security at its traditional session event on Tuesday evening. National Councillor Franz Grüter, member of the ePower core team, welcomed top-class representatives from politics, administration, business and science. The cross-party audience agreed: cyber security is the order of the day.

Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer

The evening was opened by none other than Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer. The head of the Federal Department of Finance left no doubt about the importance of the topic: the cyber threat is one of the four main risks for Switzerland.

The complete article is available in the national language German and French.

In the spring session from 28 February to 18 March 2022, there are once again around 50 items on the agenda relating to digital policy. digitalswitzerland’s comprehensive monitoring service covers a wide range of topics directly and indirectly related to digitalisation that are of interest to the various members.

The complete outlook is available in the national languages German and French.

Bern, 26 January 2022 – Many Swiss companies are desperately seeking skilled workers. A targeted amendment to the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act (FNIA) is intended to make it easier for foreign graduates of Swiss universities to be employed in Switzerland in areas where there is a shortage of skilled workers. This was made possible by a motion from FDP National Councillor and digitalswitzerland Vice President Marcel Dobler.

Read the press release in German | in French
To the complete statement on the FNIA by digitalswitzerland (available in German)

Media contact:
Andreas W. Kaelin, digitalswitzerland, Bern Office
Phone +41 31 311 62 45 │ andreas@digitalswitzerland.com