- The political and economic effects of the financial
and economic crisis are not yet behind us. In Switzerland, too,
tendencies towards protectionism and interventionism are hindering a
consistent policy of growth. economiesuisse calls for the systematic
application of competitive, market-oriented policies in the law on
stock companies, in the finance sector and in the green economy.
The debt crisis and the Euro crisis will continue to put a
considerable strain on economic and social stability in the coming
years. From a Swiss point of view, there is an immense interest in
finding a confidence-building solution to these serious problems in
order to prevent a severe weakening of our export economy.
In the conflict surrounding the law on stock companies, which will
still remain an important topic of discussion in 2011, economiesuisse
is campaigning for goal-oriented solutions. Gerold Bührer, President
of economiesuisse, states clearly that 'A solution is only in the
interest of the economy and of employment when Switzerland maintains
its strong, attractive position for international companies'. The
bill passed by the Council of States goes above and beyond the
international norms. The companies listed on the stock exchange are
significant for growth and prosperity in Switzerland. 'There is no
question that bonuses led to excess in individual cases. But rigid
rules applied on account of isolated negative examples must not be
allowed to put at risk what is in fact a formula for success', says
There is only one economy: The job and financial markets form a
Patrick Odier, Vice-President of economiesuisse and President of
the Swiss Bankers Association warns of over-regulation in the
financial markets, for this could damage employment. For the job and
financial markets are dependent on each other in many ways and profit
from their mutual strengths. In the past twenty years, the finance
sector was one of the biggest drivers of growth in Switzerland. 'We
are aware of the great responsibility that we bear for the vitality
of the Swiss economy', says Patrick Odier. It is thus clear to him
that the actors in the financial market will have to take greater
note of their social and political responsibilities than they did in
the past. 'A liberal economic system without individual
responsibility cannot and will not function', warns Odier.
Climate policies: The economy is the solution, not the problem
In international terms, Switzerland's achievements in matters of
climate and environment have been considerable. With its public
appeal to protect the climate, the Swiss business world has announced
its support for extending the CO2 law and for continuing the hitherto
successful climate policy. According to Pascal Gentinetta, the
chairman of the board of economiesuisse, there should be no talk of
artificial opposition between 'good' and 'bad' business branches. A
voluntary approach should rather be pursued, one based on innovation
and the market economy that will make the most of the potential for
reductions. In order to investigate the opportunities for the economy
in the realm of clean tech, economiesuisse has commissioned a study.
'Such an analysis is necessary because hitherto studies often don't
go far enough. For us it is decisive that clean tech should create a
network of all businesses in all sectors. Only in this manner can we
succeed in developing a true green economy', says Pascal Gentinetta.
The results of the study are expected in the course of this year.
With its focus on the green economy, economiesuisse wants to set in
motion a dialogue on the chances for the Swiss economy's technology
and services, and forestall misguided over-regulation.
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