What we already have: Switzerland

/What we already have: Switzerland
What we already have: Switzerland2020-04-02T14:34:51+00:00

By law, the Swiss chancellor is obliged to produce a long term analysis of the general situation of the country. In autumn 2018, the chancellery has produced a first booklet "Switzerland 2030", with 77 short contributions from many different authors, challenged by the question: Looking back from 2030: what are you most occupied about that we didn't tackle today, in 2018? The booklet allows a lively impression of many subjects that trouble us today, but it is not yet a methodical report that could serve as a sound common starting point for long term future shaping in Switzerland.

In 2015, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the federal council established  a council for the Swiss finacial place and its future. At least in some aspects something like a future council. But it was in force only until 2019 when it was abolished. So formaly, for five years, there has been a weak institutional council with at least some aspects of a future council. 

In order to explore and to show how a future future council would work, the Future Council Foundation organized three conferences of six days each, in 2012, 2014 and 2016, on the Gurten Hill above Berne. Each time, about fifty experts and experienced personalities presented their ideas and propositions for a long term viable economy and elements of it. The last three days of the last conference in 2016 took place at the New Grammar School in Berne, only 300 meters from the government building. The participants from the first part presented their propositions to interested MP and responsibles from the federal adminstration. So, as a real-time experiment, the presentation and handing over between "federal future council" and MPs took place. 

In 2010, during the great financial crises and in reaction to it, the Future Council Foundation proposed to establish a federal Future Council for money and economics. A concept was elaborated in contact with MP and experienced personalities from civil society. It was presented at the State Policy Committee of the small chamber. But only a minority of the Committee was in favour of it.