The ARE is the federal government's specialist authority on issues concerning spatial development, mobility policy, and sustainable development.
It is vital for a country like Switzerland - whose regions and infrastructure are closely bound up with those of its European neighbours - to maintain a close dialogue with partners outside its borders.
An energy- and space-efficient transport system that also caters for the country's social and economic needs is the key to future mobility.
The Confederation promotes sustainable development within its own field of activities and supports cantons, municipalities and other players in their endeavour to develop sustainably
In its Sustainable Development Strategy, the Federal Council sets out the areas on which its sustainability policy will focus.