Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER
EAER defines framework conditions for the economy and the labour market. It
sets the rules that apply in the private sector and
in agriculture, and represents the interests of the Swiss economy abroad. It is
responsible for organising vocational and professional education and training and
promotes research. The EAER also has the task of making sure that the country
is supplied with essential goods.
Head of the EAER.
Member of the Federal Council since 2016.
Education plays a key role in harnessing the opportunities of digital transformation.
Priorities of the EAER in 2022
Compared to some other countries,
Switzerland has come through the corona pandemic pretty well in economic terms.
The government's support measures such as the COVID-19 loans, short-time work
compensation, the corona loss of earnings compensation scheme and hardship
assistance have all helped. The Federal Council's transition strategy is now
aimed at getting back to normal levels of economic development: in addition to
a recovery programme for the tourism industry, the EAER is applying tried and
tested economic policy instruments – such as location promotion and regional
Even in normal times, one of the
EAER's core tasks is to ensure good framework conditions so that companies can
thrive and create attractive jobs. Digital transformation is both an
opportunity and a challenge. The Federal Council wants to take advantage of the
opportunities it offers. Among other things, the EAER is pushing ahead with the
expansion of electronic administrative procedures (eGovernment). Education
plays a key role here, which is why the EAER is promoting young talent at
various levels in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and
maths), which are so important for innovation. As of the 2022 school year, IT
will be a compulsory subject at all baccalaureate schools.
Digital and other innovative
technologies also offer many opportunities in the agriculture and food sector.
Not least, they enable the efficient use of resources. The EAER is committed to
ensuring that agriculture makes a significant contribution to food security in
Switzerland through sustainable production.
Expenses EAER 2020 (CHF)
Staff (FTEs) EAER 2020
Organisation chart EAER
General Secretariat GS-EAER
Secretary General: Nathalie Goumaz
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
State Secretariat for Education, Research and
Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG
Federal Office for National Economic Supply FONES
Federal Office for Housing FOH
Federal Office for Civilian Service CIVI
Office of the Price Supervisor
Competition Commission COMCO
Board of the Federal Institutes of Technology ETH
President of the ETH
Board: Michael O. Hengartner
Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and
Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse