The goal is to improve services that include all social groups by advancing decentralization and strengthening local democracy. Decentralization is high on the country’s agenda and received a new impetus in 2014 with the Territorial and Administrative Reform. Local government units face new responsibilities and need competencies and skills. At the same time they need to federate and exchange best experiences. Increased efforts are required to fight corruption, improve services for citizens, and include vulnerable groups and communities such as the Roma.
Switzerland encourages the dialogue on decentralization and local governance, links national and local levels of government, and improves communication between them. Local government units are endowed with the relevant skills and competencies. Emphasis is also placed on public financial management towards increased transparency of government units with the participation of communities and the civil society.