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  • 1. The New Swiss Regional Policy (NRP) and knowledge management by regiosuisse, the Swiss network unit for regional development 16th August 2010
  • 2. Content 1. The New Swiss Regional Policy (NRP): Objectives and strategies 2. What is regiosuisse? 3. How is regiosuisse organized? 4. What does regiosuisse do? 5. Products and services of regiosuisse 2
  • 3. 1. NRP: Objectives and strategies The Swiss federal government’s regional policy is designed to help rural, mountainous and border areas to implement their development programs: Promote Improve Create Reduce Entrepreneurship Competitive- Regional Innovation Employment disparities ness Value chains 3
  • 4. 1. NRP: Most important features • adjustment to the globalised economy: regional policy helps rural areas to adjust to the globalised economy. • enhance export capacity: regional policy supports export-oriented value creation systems. • laws of the market: regional policy takes account of the laws of the market. • focus on geographical and functional centres: the regional centres are the development drivers. 4
  • 5. 1. NRP: The core concept: enhance the regions export capacity Region • strengthen those economic activities that Export-oriented Purchase of local products create value and Exports (revenues) activities increase exports out of the region Imports (expenses) • reduce barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship Local economy • active support of innovative and Intraregional entrepreneurial actors multiplicator 5
  • 6. 1. NRP: Geographical area of application 6
  • 7. 1. NRP: Financing mechanism Non-repayable Amortisation & grants interest  26 mio. € p. a. Regional Development Fund stock ≈ 0.8 billion € Addition deposits Repayable 2008 – 2015 loans  150 mio. €  32 mio. € p. a. 7
  • 8. 1. NRP: The three pillars of Swiss regional policy Pillar 1: increasing the economic strength of the regions Pillar 3: Pillar 3: trough direct promotion of initiatives, projects, expertise on expertise for regional policy regional policy programmes and regional development agencies and the people and the people involved in it; involved in it; supports the supports the Pillar 2: implementation of implementation of horizontal co-ordination with other federal agencies pillars 1 and 2 pillars 1 and 2 that are concerned with the needs of rural areas such as policies on innovation, education, agriculture, the environment, energy, tourism and SMEs 8
  • 9. 1. NRP: Pillar 1: multi-year programme 2008–15 Thematic Promotion Priorities Geographic Promotion Priorities knowhow-transfer in export-oriented rural areas incl. border regions value creation systems (Jura, selectively in the alps) mountainous areas and lakes structural change in tourism regions market oriented educational and rural areas health systems potentials of the energy sector alps, selectively in other regions sparsely populated areas in the exploration of natural resources midlands, Jura and alps increased value added on mainly in agricultural rural areas agriculture in open markets 9
  • 10. 1. NRP: Pillar 1: Direct promotion of initiatives, projects and programmes • Step 1: the canton defines an implementation programme The federal government does not hand out cash to the cantons on the principle of equal share for all. No support without innovative ideas and compelling concepts. • Step 2: the federal government and the canton conclude a programme agreement The federal government assesses the canton’s proposed strategy. Both parties sign a joint programme agreement. • Step 3: the canton implements its strategy The contractually agreed objectives and milestones are the cornerstones of the collaboration.  One programme for each canton! (23) 10
  • 11. 1. NRP: Pillar 1: Contracted objectives 2008–2011 11
  • 12. 1. NRP in Switzerland: Pillar 3: Expertise 12
  • 13. 3. What is regiosuisse? regiosuisse… • …is the Swiss network unit for regional development. • …was launched at the beginning of 2008 by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Department Regional and Spatial Planning Policy, in order to accompany the New Regional Policy. 13
  • 14. 4. How is regiosuisse organized? • PLANVAL AG as general contractor: regiosuisse was established and is managed by PLANVAL AG; Managing regiosuisse, PLANVAL contracts with different Swiss and international offices. • The strategically control of regiosuisse is carried out by the SECO. 14
  • 15. 5. What does regiosuisse do? The main tasks of regiosuisse are… • to support people involved in regional policy and regional development with a systematic, practice-oriented knowledge- management-system • to offer various services so that knowledge about the NRP and regional development can be acquired, exchanged and enhanced • to facilitate networking and the mutual exchange of knowledge within the «regional development community» 15
  • 16. 6. Varieties of our products and services The Internet portal for regional development, 16
  • 17. regiosuisse-Hotline: +41 27 922 40 88 17
  • 18. «Big events» 18
  • 19. «regioS» – the trilingual magazine for regional development 19
  • 20. Training programs in regional management and regional development 20
  • 21. Knowledge Communities of regiosuisse (multilingual CoP‘s and CoI‘s, different subjects in regional development) 21
  • 22. Thank you for your attention! For enquiries and future partnership please contact us. 22