Who is Christoph Mäder (60) is? You don’t know? So you are in good company. Also, for most policy-makers in the country, the President-designate of the economic umbrella organisation Economiesuisse is a blank slate. A GLANCE survey shows that, shortly after the announcement.
The Association has proposed to the man, the Board of Directors of Ems-Chemie group, the Executive Committee unanimously. In the next session, he should be elected President. The Aargau was already 2011 to 2017 Vice-Chairman of Economiesuisse.
Mäder follows Heinz Karrer (61), who is stepping down after twelve years on the Board and seven years as President at the end of September from his post. Karrer had announced his resignation already at the beginning of the year.
Name triggers shrug
Who ask other business politicians of the Federal Parliament, meets with a: shrug of the shoulders. The Zurich SVP national councillor and Banker Thomas Matter (54) does not know Mäder. Just as the Aargauer SP-colleague from the Council Cédric Wermuth (34). Other don’t know him.
Self-Petra Gössi (44), President of the economic party, the FDP, does not know Mäder personally. At the same time but she has clear ideas: “I expect of him that he uses in times of Corona heavily on the entrepreneurial self-responsibility.”
That Mäder is not anchored in the Federal capital, is surely no advantage. Finally, the new President of the Association, should form the link between the economy and politics.
Meaninglessness threatens to further increase
The fact is that With the new man at the head of Economiesuisse, the Economy threatens to sink into Confederation even further into irrelevance. A tendency, which provides a break in the Federal government in Bern for the head. Forever ago, the suburb, the precursor organization of Economiesuisse, a decisive variable in the Federal was in Berne.
For years Economiesuisse tried the Image again, burnish and lost ground up – with moderate success. The previous low point was the painful defeat at Minder rip-off-Initiative in 2013. A main problem of the ongoing decline: in The interests of the Economiesuisse members are the longer, the less congruent.
The Image, only to be the servants of the big corporations, charged to the Association. With the increasing alienation of once-urschweiz of corporations, the globalisation is increasing the skepticism of Economiesuisse.
Political proximity to the SVP?
Mäder was kicked out of the Board of Directors of Economiesuisse back, because with the Ems-Boss Magdalena Martullo-Blocher (50) by her father, former Federal councillor and SVP mastermind, Christoph Blocher, large-made Company is already in the Association were represented.
As we know, Martullo-Blocher and Mäder in the EU’s education and research program Horizon, the hay is not on the same stage. Against Mäders political proximity to the SVP is that the pharmaceutical and chemical Association science industries under its Bureau refused to accept the termination and the self-determination initiative of the SVP.
Left bother, however, that Mäder was formerly in the agro-chemical company Syngenta operates. The group is continually because of its pesticides and genetically modified seeds in the criticism. For a growing number of critics, Syngenta is the big enemy of the image, the environment is friendly and of sustainable development.
Whether Mäder can be the face of a forward-looking Association, is, therefore, questionable. Europe has politically positioned itself Economiesuisse under Karrer already clear against the termination the Initiative of the SVP, which is now at 27. September to vote – prior to the appointment of a successor Mäder on 1. October. Here he can put any new impulses. The framework agreement, which is later to the debate, he could, but still.