In his response to a corresponding proposal by the German Parliament, he leaves open whether he can still fully or partially include these legal bases in the already well-advanced revision of the Archives Act. At best, a separate legislative project is needed for reasons of time. The revision of the archive law is scheduled to come before parliament in the summer of 2023.
Initial work on an archive solution for municipalities has already been initiated. In a study, the canton made clarifications for such an archive solution. In January 2022, the State Chancellery launched a pilot project in cooperation with an external service provider and five municipalities.
Big challenges for small and medium-sized communities
It is clear from the law that the municipalities are responsible for archiving their data. The provision of a long-term archive solution is a major challenge, especially for small and medium-sized communities, emphasize the advances from the ranks of the SVP, SP and FDP.
In the eyes of the proponents, it makes little sense for each municipality to work on a solution for itself. In addition, more and more digital data is being generated that is used jointly by municipalities and cantons. In order to be able to use this data efficiently and without media discontinuity, it would be good if the State Chancellery worked out a joint, cross-level solution.
But all this has its price, as the government council makes clear. If the canton is to make a digital long-term archive available to the municipalities in the future, the investment costs must be financed once and the operating costs must be financed annually by the municipalities, he writes in his answer. (SDA)