Federal Council wants to remove obstacles to digitisation


On 29 August 2018, the Federal Council took note of the results of the "Digital Test" survey conducted by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). On the basis of the feedback received, it has decided to examine in more detail measures to reduce the obstacles to the statutory formal requirements. The aim is to further reduce the barriers to digital business models and to improve the framework conditions for the digital economy. The responses to the survey show that the digital economy in Switzerland has a good environment. It is also recognised that the Federal Council has already taken on a number of important tasks, such as data policy, the revision of the Data Protection Act or the law on telecommunications. There is an additional need for action, particularly with regard to the legal formal requirements. Today, certain legal transactions require a personal signature. The qualified electronic signature, which is equivalent to a handwritten signature, has not yet been able to establish itself in broad circles in practice. This makes purely digital processes more difficult. The Federal Council has therefore decided to systematically review formal requirements that are no longer up to date. On behalf of the Federal Council, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) launched a survey between April and June 2017 to examine where existing legislation relevant to economic policy unnecessarily hinders digitisation or where digital development makes it redundant. Trade associations, trade unions, various companies and consumer protection organisations were surveyed for the survey. The survey was also available to other interested parties via the Internet.

Read the report of the EAER survey "Digitaler Test in German here .


August 2018

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