Alpine Space programme Switzerland

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New Regional Policy

Switzerland's regional policy has undergone a significant transformation in recent years in order to secure an innovative and competitive economy in mountain, rural and border regions. Coping with structural changes is often more difficult for mountain, rural and border regions than for the strong urban areas. The Federal Regional Policy lead by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) provides support for these areas. The aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of the regions, to sustain infrastructure and offers, and to connect rural areas with the urban hubs of growth.

The Federal Regional Policy supports cantonal and intercommunal initiatives, projects and programmes through non-repayable funds. The Regional Policy supports growth based on innovation and productivity. In cooperation with the cantons, the regions define and realize tailor-made priorities. The objective is to reinforce the links between rural areas, their regional centres and the metropolitan areas to make the best use of the growth potential. In the next few years, the Regional Policy’s first focus will be on promoting innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises and on structural changes in the tourism sector.

Various federal policies have an impact on the development of Regional Policy target areas. The SECO therefore promotes the coordination of these policies with Regional Policy and support intersectoral projects.