E-governance: SECO Initiatives
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is one of the main participants in the implementation of the “Swiss E-Government” strategy.
The Confederation is endeavoring to reduce the administrative burden on SMEs. With this goal in mind, it is developing online platforms that make it possible to complete various formalities and tasks electronically. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), one of the main players in the implementation of the Swiss e-governance strategy, has already established three important projects in this field: the SME Portal, EasyGov and SuisseID (today a service of the SwissSign Group). The fourth project was completed with the Linked Data Service (LINDAS) pilot platform..
The SME Portal - a valuable source of information
SECO's SME Portal, on which this article is found, is part of the specific measures of the Swiss policy to promote SMEs. In many fields, it simplifies administrative tasks which entrepreneurs are responsible for and offers them a unique source of information on the life of SMEs in Switzerland. The site includes the following sections:
- Online portals. Presents the Internet services intended to save SMEs time in searching for information and completing official tasks.
- Practical Knowledge. Includes various sections providing basic information on various subjects related to establishing and developing an SME, such as legal structures, accounting and transfer of a company as well as social networks, e-commerce and even creativity.
- News. Offers news articles and interviews with entrepreneurs discussing subjects as diverse as company establishment and development, human resources, innovation, measures to counter a strong franc or even strategies for coping with competition.
Addresses. Contains all of the important addresses in Switzerland for the establishment and development of a company.
EasyGov.swiss – the online desk for companies
EasyGov.swiss is the online e-governance desk for companies. The user-friendly EasyGov.swiss enables SMEs and company founders to carry out their administrative obligations anytime and to focus on their core business.
Currently, EasyGov.swiss offers the following e-governance services: company establishment, registration with the Trade Register, VAT, social security (AVS) and accident insurance registration, changes to the Trade Register and obligations to be carried out with the tax authorities. By the end of 2023, the administrative procedures most in demand will appear on EasyGov.swiss and may be completed by companies electronically.
Identity Network Switzerland
To simplify and make transactions with the authorities more user-friendly, an “Identity Network Switzerland” will soon be established to allow users to register on various portals of the Swiss authorities through a unified procedure.
The “Identity Network Switzerland” will make it possible to connect various information technology systems together and to give users access to these systems through identical registration procedures.
The SECO has developed a web page dedicated to the “Identity Network Switzerland” project which offers detailed information about the structure of the federation to the various project partners and any interested person.
The milestones of the project and dates of information sessions are communicated via this webpage:
Identitätsverbund Schweiz IDV Schweiz
Lindas improves the use and reuse of information
The Swiss public authorities provide a large amount of information and services to citizens, but these currently differ and are decentralized. The Linked Data Service (LINDAS) was created to facilitate access and use of the information and services. Available at www.lindas-data.ch (no longer in operation since December 2019), LINDAS was developed as a pilot platform and launched in 2015 by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The SFA ran it from the beginning of 2017 until the end of 2019.
More information on further development: LINDAS - Linked Data Service