Liberalisation of data

MeteoSwiss records measurement data on the weather and climate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This represents a great wealth of data.

The story so far – Link between liberalisation of data and federal cost cutting measures

In order for MeteoSwiss to make its data freely available, the Federal Act on Meteorology and Climatology (MetG) must be amended. In 2012, the Swiss Parliament passed a motion tasking the Federal Council with preparing a draft revision of the Act. A consultation procedure was carried out in 2014.

In view of the extremely bleak financial outlook, however, the Federal Council decided not to proceed with this partial revision, since the liberalisation of meteorological data would have resulted in a loss of revenue for the Confederation. The decision not to proceed forms part of the 2017-2019 stabilisation programme that was approved by the Swiss Parliament in the spring session of 2017.

Following this decision, there will be no revision of the MetG and the motion of 2012 will be abandoned.