And the Swiss parliamentarians are moving! – Switzerland: standard


What could anyone read about this new parliament? It would be younger, more feminine, more progressive, and therefore certainly more receptive to the relevant laws of the time. Equality, for example. Or transparency in the professional advocacy, ie the lobbying,

Tonight, shortly after 6.30 pm, she was there, the certainty. The first political business of the legislature was addressed by the National in principle for the creation of a lobbyist register. Professional lobbyists with an access badge to the Federal Parliament must in the future disclose which clients they are strolling through the Wandelhalle. The obligation to declare also applies to the numerous former parliamentarians, who allow themselves to be harnessed by interest groups with their network and their lifelong access to the Federal Palace.

After the old National Council had said in June with a clear majority against the register, the opponents of SVP and CVP were now outnumbered. First, because of the strengthened left-liberal camp. Second, because the FDP has changed sides. The Bernese majority, which long denied any lobbying problem; So she moves!

The badge system creates an unhealthy dependency of the lobbyists on the politicians.

Are the deficits of Swiss politics resolved? The systemic corruption risks? The information vacuum in policy financing? The Klungelei, when in fact commissions hardly more politicians without pertinent vested interests sit? Of course not. But there are indications that this Parliament is now taking the momentum and tackling some of these problem areas of Helvetic democracy in the next few months:

  • Switzerland has no transparency in policy financing. Under the impression of various popular initiatives, half a dozen Councilors now want to introduce a disclosure obligation for donations of 25,000 francs or more. SVP, FDP and CVP have rejected the proposal so far. But deviants in the three parties could make a breakthrough.
  • Across all camps, there is also a precedent for curbing lobbying in parliamentary commissions. A term restriction could, for example, prevent a few politicians with industrial data from permanently preventing reforms.
  • With the new majority, the disclosure of additional income from parliamentarians could also be given a new opportunity. In the Council of Europe, many Swiss politicians are already showing their income.
  • Furthermore, it is the parliamentarians who give the lobbyists personal access to the Federal Palace and the Wandelhalle. The badge system creates an unhealthy dependency of the lobbyists on the politicians. The former may quickly succumb to the temptation to humor the politicians with donations. A system with a proper registration, as it already exists for media workers, was rejected by the old parliament, but could now revive.

Created: 02.12.2019, 20:48 clock


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