As part of the regional policy, the Swiss Confederation supports efforts to strengthen the competitiveness of individual regions and increase their added value. Based on Article 12 of the Federal Act on Regional Policy, tax relief may be granted to industrial companies and service providers with close production links. The Confederation is thus able to support the creation and realignment of jobs in structurally weak regional centres.
The terms and conditions and areas of application are specified in three ordinances (see legal bases as from 1 July 2016). 93 regional centres in 19 cantons fall within the areas of application on 1 July 2016. They cover around 10% of the Swiss population.