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  • Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement EVD Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft SECO Direktion für StandortförderungAlpWeek Valposchiavo 2012September 7th 2012Session 26Regional managers – architects of the regionsThe New Regional Policy (NRP)in SwitzerlandRudolf Schiess, a.i. Head of the Directorate forPromotional Activities SECO
  • Inter-regional disparities: Example employment trend Employment trend in Swiss regions 2001-2008 (Source: BFS, statistischer Atlas)+- AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 2
  • Paradigm shift in Regional Policy since 2008 Previous Regional Policy New Regional PolicyOverall aim Reduction of inter-regional Competitiveness of regions through disparities (balance between growth and innovation regions)Direction of • Promotion of infrastructure • Promotion of innovation processesimpact • Individual business promotion (Value creation systems and clusters, • Promotion of networks access to know-how, use of impulses from centres) • Intensified promotion of networks • Coordination of sectoral policies • Know-how-network regional developmentTerritorial • Mountain areas • Nationwide, whole of Switzerland andqualification • Structurally weak regions border regions as reference frames forcriteria • Small-scale regions spatially the development of programmes and limited projects • Large-scale functional interdependencies, variable geometry AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 3
  • Paradigm shift in Regional Policy since 2008 Previous Regional Policy New Regional PolicyStarting points • Improvement of locational factor • Value creation + innovation infrastructure • Adherence to sustainable • Creation of employment development (Diversification)Development Top-down Bottom-up (entrepreneurs, innovators)impulsesFunction of the • Co-financing of regional • Promotion of clusters and networksFederal development concepts • Support of pilot projectsGovernment • Co-financing of individual • Support of self-organisation projects • Setting up rules • Monitoring and evaluationFinancing • Project financing from funds • General contributions to (large-scale-)instruments • Annual credits for specific regions for innovative concepts regional promotional programmes AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 4
  • New Regional Policy: Objectives and strategiesFederal law from October 6th 2006 on Regional PolicyThe Regional Policy of the Federeal Government supports mountainareas, other rural regions and border regions in implementingprogrammes, initiatives and projects Promoting Improving Creating Reducing Entrepreneurship Competitive Inter- Innovation Employment regional ness Value creation disparities AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 5
  • New Regional Policy: Objectives and strategiesThree focuses 3 Knowledge system 1 Direct promotion of regions for the regional strenghtening of innovation, development value creation and competitiveness ----- Qualification Stakeholders: Cantons and regions, Federal Government regional management ----- Controlling, evaluation Stakeholders: 2 Cooperation / synergies between regional policy and Federal sectoral policies (impact in target regions) Government/ Stakeholder: Federal Government Cantons AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 6
  • New Regional Policy: promotional approaches Contents of regional development  Innovative programmes, projects and initiatives …national and cross-border (Interreg)  Economically oriented infrastructure  Tax breaks  Synergies with sectoral policies Governance of regional development Federal  Regional organisationsGovernment  Regional managementCanton Region AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 7
  • New Regional Policy: Conclusions after 4 years andoutlookDistribution of promoted projects by Cantons (total 1200projects, 2008-11) AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 8
  • New Regional Policy: Conclusions after 4 years andoutlookFederal funds by promotional priority (according to the FederalEnactment for the specification of the Perennial Programme of theFederal Government 2008-2015 for the implementation of the NRP),2008-11 AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 9
  • New Regional Policy: Conclusions after 4 years andoutlookQualitative considerationsPositive-Positive conclusions after 4 years of performance (impact assessment yet to come)-Partners are implementing NRP-ideas consistently and nationwide-Task sharing Federal Government – Cantons, mutual trust, management of programmeagreements on the right track, but …Challenges-Initiation of NRP-ideas and projects benefitting SME-No going back to obsolete approaches-Task sharing, handling of programme agreements-Balancing act between trustful and flexible cooperation and regulatory-technocraticapproaches (guidelines, controls, etc.)-Allocation of funds must be goal- and impact-oriented as well as according to the needs AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 10
  • New Regional Policy: Conclusions after 4 years and outlookWe are on target,let‘s go ahead withconviction andvigour! Target Performance Design of Key projects achievement processes Overview of key Overview of the Overview of success Overview of key performance implementation in factors in the activities of the indicators the Cantons implementation SECO process AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy Switzerland EVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 11
  • Thank you!AlpWeek 2012 – New Regional Policy SwitzerlandEVD/SECO/Directorate for Promotional Activities – Rudolf Schiess 12