Switzerland Announces its 2011 Objectives
Switzerland’s Federal Council has approved its key objectives for 2011.
According to the Swiss Federal Administration, the 2011 objectives have been drawn up in line with the Confederation’s 2007-2011 legislative programme, focusing on five priorities: strengthening the Swiss economy; guaranteeing security; strengthening social cohesion; exploiting available resources with respect to sustainable development; and consolidating Switzerland’s position in a globalized world.
This year, in stark contrast to most member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Swiss economy was able to compensate for the decline in economic performance linked to the recession. Resuming growth nevertheless remains one of the key challenges for 2011.
With regards to the Swiss economy, the Federal Council aims to focus on several key areas, notably to make agriculture in Switzerland more competitive by using sustainable methods of production. In addition, it also aims to strengthen the stability of the banking system and improve stock market transactions and fiscal policy.
Several legislative projects are planned for 2011 designed to encourage both research and innovation. The Federal Council’s training policy is intended to maintain Switzerland’s position in the medium and long-term as one of the most competitive countries.
Regarding foreign policy, the Federal Council aims to clarify institutional relations between Switzerland and the European Union, noting that there are a number of outstanding issues, relating to agriculture, food and product safety, public health, renewable energy and corporate taxation.