E-governance: SECO Initiatives

A laptop placed on a desk with its screen displaying the EasyGov.swiss website.

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 services. 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 intellectual property. Useful addresses and links are also provided.
  • News. Offers news articles and interviews with entrepreneurs discussing subjects as diverse as company establishment and development, human resources, innovation, seeking funding or even strategies for coping with competition.
  • Facts and trends. Provides information to entrepreneurs and small business leaders on current issues such as digitalization, artificial intelligence and corporate social responsibility (CSR) through informative pages and statistics.

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.

EasyGov offers access to online services provided by the authorities, such as: 

EasyGov - offered services

By the end of 2023, the administrative procedures most in demand will appear on EasyGov.swiss and may be completed by companies electronically.

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


Last modification 25.02.2022

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