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Swiss Authorities Launch E-Government Initiative

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

06 November 2001


The Swiss government recently announced that it is planning to increase its internet capabilities, and an online discussion forum has been established to allow political parties, businesses, and individuals to submit suggestions and proposals. The forum will run until November 7th, after which the government will begin to introduce the new e-government regime.

As an estimated 50% of Switzerland's population currently uses the internet, and the government feels that having more services online would enable them to inform citizens of legislative and other changes more easily, increase direct political involvement, and provide direct access to federal offices, such as the department of taxation or the federal and regional authorities.

According to a government strategy paper on the issue, the aim of the e-government initiative is to 'create more transparency and...boost people's confidence in the governmental procedures.'

The move has been welcomed by Swiss expatriates worldwide, as one of the most important functions of the new e-government initiative will be to allow Swiss citizens to vote online. The Organisation for Swiss Expatriates has applauded the move, saying that it will be 'of greatest benefit' to Swiss expats everywhere.


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