Vaud’s cabinet: goals achieved under crisis management

Vaud Minister fired one balance generally positive for the election period 2017-2022. “Fair and relevant”, the axes established in 2017, have enabled the Vaud line to cope with the coronavirus crisis while continuing and redirecting its actions, especially with regard to climate.

Three weeks before the cantonal election, the government lent itself in corporal form to the democratic exercise of balance. “We are doing this in a turbulent international context. The unwarranted Russian aggression in Ukraine suddenly materializes risks that remained abstract, just as the corona crisis did,” Prime Minister Nuria Gorrite noted before the Lausanne press.

Both show “the need for strong, transparent, responsive democratic institutions”, the socialist minister said, referring among other things to “fake news”. In order to overcome “sudden changes, we must be able to count on a stable, reassuring framework” that can respond effectively and agilely to the needs of the population.

Validated options

In 2017, the government set itself the goal of sustainable and common prosperity. He had framed his action around three areas: social cohesion and quality of life, influence, attractiveness and competitiveness as well as state leadership, operations and investment, recalled Chancellor Aurélien Buffat. A course maintained, despite the crisis. Nuria Gorrite, President of the Vaudois Government.

All of the planned 30 priority actions have been implemented almost in full, the Chancellor further noted.


The seven ministers, three of whom are not running for re-election in the cantons – PLR Pascal Broulis and Philippe Leuba, as well as Verte Béatrice Métraux – reviewed some significant points as they took a forward-looking view.

Rebecca Ruiz, head of the Department of Health and Social Work, joined the government in May 2019 following the departure of Pierre-Yves Maillard, focusing on dealing with the health crisis.

For the next election period, therefore, it will be especially a question of establishing reserve hospital capacity in case of a crisis, the socialist suggested. And to develop public policies according to the vulnerabilities that the pandemic has revealed, without forgetting social cohesion.

One billion to Covid

It is its sound and solid economy that has enabled the state to absorb the costs of the crisis, noted Pascal Broulis. It was able to intervene massively to support the population and the sectors affected by the fight against the virus.

The state continued to invest, more than 100 construction projects were opened for an amount of about 800 million, stressed the head of the department of finance and external relations.

economic miracle

For Philippe Leuba, head of the department of economics, innovation and sports, the Vaud economy overcame this period in a “miraculous way”.

By the end of 2021, unemployment had returned to pre-crisis levels. Vaud’s GDP increased by 4.5% in 2021, a slight increase compared to 2019. However, the outlook remains mixed due to uncertainty about the relationship between Switzerland and Europe, international inflation and the supply of commodities, the minister warned.

digital education

Head of the Department of Training, Youth and Culture, Cesla Amarelle highlighted the achievements in digital education, which already benefits 20,000 students from the age of 4 and 2,000 teachers. It will be completed around 2026-2027, the first in Switzerland, the socialist said. The Minister also emphasized the milestones set in favor of a sustainable school.

As for Christelle Luisier, PLR, who succeeded Jacqueline de Quattro in March 2020, she spoke about the strengthening of political rights, about the confidence of the people, which was undermined by Covid. But one of the important issues in this legislature will also have been the revision of the cantonal / municipal distribution of the social bill. Christelle Luisier Brodard.

It therefore opens up for two important places: equalization and revision of the law on municipalities. The head of the department of institutions and territory also stressed the enormous efforts pertaining to the area. A new cantonal master plan is also planned for 2025, she announced.

Finally, Béatrice Métraux recalled the many strong measures that the canton has taken with regard to climate. Especially the cantonal climate plan, which wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 60% by 2030.

Desirable future

Nuria Gorrite noted that the exercise had been difficult, but spoke of a kind of pride in the work done. It is a matter of adapting to sustain these successes in the face of new climatic, energy, digital, health and geopolitical risks. But also to “sew society together by reaching out and repairing the divides that the pandemic has revealed”.

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