“My objective is that of my foundation: to live in tune with the bees and their needs; to educate and raise the awareness of our youth by receiving students at the apiary school or by visiting their classrooms.”

Stéphanie Vuadens, a professional beekeeper in the canton of Geneva, founded Les Miels de Stéphanie in 2016. She is passionate about her bees and working in harmony with nature to obtain quality honey. In 2019, Stéphanie strengthened her commitment to nature and biodiversity with the creation of the Fondation Arche des Abeilles, a non-profit foundation whose main missions are to save bees and raise awareness among young people.

EasyGov.swiss supporting the digitalisation process of the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations and enabling online work permit applications for cross-border commuters

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is again enhancing EasyGov.swiss, the online desk for companies. An extended range of services will be activated from 24 May. It will now be possible to process cross-border commuter permits for EU/EFTA nationals with the pilot cantons of Thurgau and Zurich. Furthermore, foundations under the supervision of the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (FSBF) will be able to submit transactions such as annual reports online via EasyGov.

Studie Architekturreview EasyGov: Integrations-Sollarchitektur für Behördenleistungsportale

Das Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (SECO) hat per 9. Mai 2022 die «Studie zur Integrations-Sollarchitektur für Behördenleistungsportale» publiziert. Die vorliegende Studie wurde im Rahmen der E-Government-Strategie Schweiz durchgeführt und zeigt Lösungen auf, wie die Interoperabilität zwischen Behördenportalen umgesetzt werden kann. Ziel ist es in einem nächsten Schritt Standards zu definieren, die eine für das Zusammenwirken der Behördenleistungsportale nötige Daten- und Prozessinteroperabilität ermöglichen. Die schrittweise Umsetzung der Integrations-Sollarchitektur soll im Rahmen der Digitalen Verwaltung Schweiz (DVS) weiterverfolgt werden.

EasyGov.swiss: saving time and costs for businesses

Bern, 29.03.2022 – According to a SECO study published on 29 March, the EasyGov.swiss online service desk is highly appreciated by users from the business community. Since its inception, EasyGov has generated benefits of around CHF 27 million for Swiss businesses, which translates into annual benefits of around CHF 8.3 million. On average, this results in potential savings, over the entire period of the study, of about CHF 1,300 for businesses making active use of the services available. The portal currently has already over 55,000 registered businesses.

Electronic signature (QES)

There are currently the following providers of electronic signature (QES) solutions in Switzerland

“The centralisation of all services through EasyGov also allows for better monitoring of administrative activities.”

Hard on the outside, soft on the inside. Since its foundation in 2008, DAHU has revolutionised the classic ski boot with a focus on quality and comfort. The company is now based in Puidoux in the canton of Vaud and produces its shoes by hand in Italy. We met Office Manager Romain Oguey for an interview. He tells us how he developed his passion and what challenges the young entrepreneur faces on a daily basis.

“Be courageous and try lots of things. But make sure you don’t endanger the whole company while doing so.”

The Fizzen clothes shop is a Bern institution and has been ensuring that style-conscious Bern residents can get their money’s worth for almost 30 years. In 1992, the second-hand clothes were imported by car and sold out of a basement in the Rathausgasse. These days you can find Fizzen at prime locations in Zurich, Basel and Lucerne. We met the owner Adrian Masshardt for a chat.

EasyGov.swiss expands offering to include re-porting procedure for employed refugees and temporarily admitted persons

As of 17 August 2021, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has once again expanded EasyGov.swiss, its online service desk for companies. The employment reporting procedure for temporarily admitted persons and recognised refugees is now available online. The debt enforcement processes have also been expanded to include options to submit requests to continue debt enforcement proceedings and sale requests to the debt enforcement offices.

Release 1.8 EasyGov

Reporting procedure for employed refugees and temporarily admitted persons:

  • Since 1 January 2019, temporarily admitted persons and recognised refugees have been able to take up employment after a report has been submitted to the labour market authorities.
  • The newly digitalised reporting procedure on EasyGov makes the reporting process even simpler for employers.

Debt enforcement: more functions:

  • The latest update now also offers options to submit requests to continue debt enforcement proceedings and sale requests, as well as send general submissions, to the offices.

“Keeping value creation regional matters to us especially.”

Brothers Mario and Claudio Bergen have been running the Koffeinshop in Lucerne for around five years, and in 2016 they launched the first cold-brewed mate drink made in Switzerland on the market. Their recipe for success: natural ingredients, little sugar, a lot of caffeine and regional sustainability. We visited Claudio and Mario in their Koffeinshop.

Release 1.7 EasyGov

Vacancy reporting obligation:

  • create a job advertisement
  • report a vacancy to the regional job centre where required
  • view the status confirmation from the job centre in EasyGov
  • advertise vacancies to the public:
    • immediately for non-reportable vacancies
    • after the statutory five-day embargo period for reportable vacancies

Working hour authorisations:

  • record working hour requests in full
  • transmit working hour requests to the responsible authority fully electronically and receive, view and manage its response on EasyGov
  • use previously recorded requests as templates or extend authorisations
  • a clear overview of all ongoing transactions, i.e. working hour requests and working hour authorisations
  • once requests have been assessed by the authority, the applicant can view the authorisations on EasyGov
  • employees of the Cantonal Labour Inspectorate (KAI) and SECO can record working hour requests on behalf of companies

New functions on EasyGov.swiss: reporting vacancies and recording working hour requests

As of 26 April 2021, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has once again expanded  EasyGov.swiss, its online service desk for companies. With release 1.7, users can now record and publish job vacancies on the portal. Another milestone is the integration of working hour authorisations, particularly for night and Sunday working and on-call shifts. Both processes can now be completed entirely digitally on EasyGov.

EasyGov.swiss extends access to its online services for all types of organisation

On 9 December 2020, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) extended access to its online service desk EasyGov.swiss to all organisations regardless of their legal form, including entities such as foundations, associations, and cooperatives. The way that data is exchanged with debt enforcement and bankruptcy offices through the portal has been optimised, while improvements have also been made to debt enforcement processes.

Release 1.6 EasyGov

  • The process for publishing official SOGC reports has now been integrated into EasyGov, meaning that certain official publications can be filed via EasyGov and transmitted to the SOGC.
  • “e-trademark”, the electronic trade mark application process, is offered as a partial integration via EasyGov.
  • In addition to trade mark applications, changes of address for existing trademarks can also be made in the register.

EasyGov.swiss launches new update with SOGC publications and trade mark registrations

With effect from 1 September 2020, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has once again expanded EasyGov.swiss, its online service desk for companies. The 1.6 release now allows certain publications of the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC) to be filed and published on the platform and electronic trade mark applications to be submitted to the Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) via “e-trademark”.

“EasyGov simplifies our administrative processes and saves us time.”

La Meute was established in 2016 by Vaclav Smerak, Victor Galliker and Jon Tschan in La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Since then, our brewers have been making and selling craft beers based on unique local expertise.
Their recipe for success: natural ingredients, a hint of sugar, lots of hops and regional sustainability. We met Jon and Tim at their premises in La-Chaux-de-Fonds to find out more about their passion for beer.

“Creating my own children’s book would be pretty cool.”

Silvio Brügger is a founder and member of the renowned Bern graphic design and illustration studio Blackyard. The other members of the collective are Philipp Thöni, Jared Muralt and Christian Calame. For over 10 years, they have been producing album covers for bands, posters for cultural organisations such as the Reitschule and campaigns for corporations such as Swisscom. Silvio instinctively chooses the right fonts for his texts and adds explanations where illustrations don’t speak for themselves. We met Silvio in the Blackyard atelier.

Release 1.5 EasyGov

  • With release 1.5, the digital platform now assists small companies in particular with entering their salary data for their salary declarations to Suva.
  • The debt enforcement service desk’s features are now available to associations, foundations and cooperatives too, while an authorisation database provides an overview of all professions in Switzerland that are regulated or require authorisation.

EasyGov.swiss now features Suva salary declaration and authorisation database

The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is expanding EasyGov.swiss, its online service desk for companies, for the second time this year: with release 1.5, the digital platform now assists small companies in particular with entering their salary data for their salary declarations to Suva. The debt enforcement service desk’s features are now available to associations, foundations and cooperatives too, while an authorisation database provides an overview of all professions in Switzerland that are regulated or require authorisation.

Release 1.4 EasyGov

  • Apply to instigate debt enforcement proceedings against an individual or legal entity.
  • Request an extract from the debt enforcement register. Individuals can also do this in the public part of EasyGov.swiss without the need to register or log in.
  • The Swiss government is making it easier for high-performing SMEs with scope for further development to take out bank loans. Contact with the competent loan guarantee organisation can now be initiated online via EasyGov.swiss.

EasyGov.swiss now supports business financing and debt enforcement

The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has once again expanded EasyGov.swiss, its online service desk for companies: the digital platform also now provides support with preparing submissions to debt enforcement offices. In the future, companies and private individuals will be able to input information for requests for debt enforcement proceedings and extracts from the debt enforcement register. The portal now offers assistance with SME financing too.

“The administration of the couriers represents one of the main challenges”

Philipp Antoni is Co-Founder and Head of Operations at notime AG. notime’s online platform enables Internet retailers to automate their process planning, from the order right through to the delivery. The company also takes responsibility for the physical delivery, including the first mile, line haul and local distribution with cargo bikes in urban areas. It works with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) as a partner and uses cargo bikes for local distribution.

“EasyGov is practical and allows everything to be centralised at the same location.”

Geneva start-up Expedismart is the right address for anyone wishing to send a parcel and pay as little as possible to do so. Whether domestic or international shipments, the four-member team headed by Léonard Schlaepfer has been comparing the prices of major courier and logistics companies for around four years so that parcels can be dispatched quickly, conveniently and at the best price. We met Léonard for a talk.

“As a start-up in the restaurant and catering industry, we constantly have to deal with financial, personnel-related and strategic challenges.”

massgekocht. has been cooking for fitness-conscious Zurich residents since the start of 2017 and delivering meals to their homes and offices or even straight to the gym. Since the opening of their restaurant in the former club Indochine in Zurich’s Kreis 5 district at the latest, the name “massgekocht.” has literally been on everyone’s lips. We met one of the founders Arbela Statovci for a chat.

Release 1.3 EasyGov

  • User’s evaluation after completing the process relating to an official service
  • Display of current Commercial Register entries from Zefix
  • E-mail notification after completion of an official service
  • Option to assign rights for the official services
  • Advantages of the SuisseID highlighted on homepage

Companies benefit from EasyGov and SME Portal

Bern, 20.11.2018 – SME Portal and EasyGov.swiss together generate annual benefits of around CHF 47 million for Swiss companies. According to a SECO study published on 20 November 2018, both of these platforms are highly appreciated by users in the economy. SME Portal alone has over 37,000 users per month.

“Restaurant Bay was the first company founded on EasyGov.swiss.”

Since March 2018, Bay restaurant in Bern has treated its guests to wonderful cuisine, beautiful interiors and views over the river Aare. Together with owner Maurice Bridel, the team at this modern brasserie reinterpret the classics of French cuisine with a strong focus on regional products. We met Maurice on Bern’s Hodlerstrasse.

Release 1.2 EasyGov

EasyGov version 1.3 offers access to online services provided by the authorities, such as:

New companies:

  • Registering for old-age and survivors’ insurance
  • Registering for value added tax
  • Registering for accident insurance (private and official providers)
  • Registering in the commercial register

Existing companies:

  • Making modifications to commercial register entries (e.g. personnel changes or amendments to the articles of association)

Startzentrum Zürich puts its faith in EasyGov.swiss

The Startzentrum Zürich cooperative is the centre of expertise for company founders and start-ups in the canton of Zurich. Established in 1999 as a non-profit organisation, it offers free advisory services for company founders and start-ups, organises events and workshops, and operates an online platform with the “Startbox” as its core element.

Release 1.1 EasyGov

The first major EasyGov update called ‘Release 1.1’ was made on April 25, 2018. It includes the following features:

  • Optimized display for mobile phones;
  • Telephone numbers with a “Click-To-Call” link;
  • Addresses with a link to Google Maps;
  • Choice of language when subscribing to the newsletter;
  • Messages for the maintenance on the home page;
  • General improvements to user experience;
  • Deletion of the company and the account by the administrator;
  • Relevant URLs in all languages;
  • Extension of VAT deadlines disabled on the Swiss EasyGov website due to technical changes within the Federal Tax Administration;

“The online counter EasyGov.swiss eases the administrative burden on SMEs”

On 6 November 2017, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann launched EasyGov.swiss – the online counter for companies – together with representatives from the cantons and the private sector. In this interview, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann explains what EasyGov.swiss is, provides an insight into everything the administration’s new portal can do and states why EasyGov.swiss represents an important step forward for Switzerland.

The Online Desk for Companies EasyGov.swiss is live

Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, together with representatives from cantons and the economy, launched EasyGov.swiss – the new online desk for companies, on 6 November 2017. The new platform, which was realised in the scope of eGovernment Strategy Switzerland, makes interacting with the authorities even more digitised and user-friendly. The electronic transactional platform facilitates the exchange of information between the economy and the authorities, and reduces companies’ administrative burden.

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