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TraktorThis section contains SFAO audits related to agricultural and economic policy issues.

Audit Benefits of individual crop subsidies in agriculture - Federal Office for Agriculture

The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) provides so-called individual crop subsidies for individual crops in accordance with Article 54 of the Agriculture Act. In addition to direct payment subsidies, these are intended to specifically promote the cultivation of selected and strategically important agricultural crops. The Federal Council determines which crops are subsidised and the amount of the subsidies. Since 2014, between CHF 60 and 66 million has been paid out annually for this purpose. In 2022, just under 10,000 farms received individual crop subsidies.

Audit number: 22403

Audit Controls on dual-use goods - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

The control environment is complex and international. Switzerland is a member of four international export control regimes. These regimes define, by mutual agreement, the categories and goods to be considered as "dual use". This means that the goods in question may be used for both civilian and military purposes. To be able to export them, a licence is required from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). On average over the last five years, SECO has issued 1,744 licences for a financial volume of just under CHF 3 billion.

Audit number: 22416

Cross-sectional audit Impact of the platform economy on the public sector - Federal Social Insurance Office, Federal Tax Administration, State Secretariat for International Finance, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) conducted a horizontal audit at the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO), the Federal Tax Administration (FTA), the State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), with the aim of investigating the challenges of the platform economy for the authorities with respect to the contributions and taxes of platform service providers.

Audit number: 21323