Referenda are as regular as the trains here and this Sunday the Swiss go to the polls with three national issues and a whole host of cantonal and city issues to be decided. As with the 2019 vote on gun control, Swiss membership of the Schengen area is at stake along with the future of national film making and, perhaps most importantly, organ donation.
Cough Up Netflix
Poor old Netflix. They did great during the pandemic but sanctions against Russia and the fact that people can actually go out is hitting them hard. Now the government wants a percentage (four percent,) of their revenues generated in Switzerland which would go towards local film production and would put them in line with domestic television broadcasters. They would also be a stipulation that 30% of their content would be European made. Good news for Swiss film makers. With less UK and US content it might not be such good news for the English speaking community.
Have A Heart
Many people do not make their organ donation preferences clear while they are alive but organ donations can not only save lives but can save people’s sight and make enormous differences to peoples quality of life. The transplantation act seeks to change to a presumed consent solution with relatives to be consulted should they there be ambiguity regarding the opinions of the deceased. It all seems rather complicated so for more info check this detailed article.
Prepare To Repel Borders
Have you ever heard of Frontex? No? Well, they are the European border and coast guard agency and, as a member of the Schengen area, the government have been working with Frontex for over ten years. Moves are underway to expand Frontex with the organisation receiving more money and staff and the Swiss voters have to approve this. The problem arises because Frontex have been accused of Human rights violations and many feel that a yes vote would make Switzerland complicit should future violations occur. A no vote would essentially end Switzerland’s membership of the Schengen agreement. This has placed the parties in unusual positions with the right wing and Eurosceptic SVP finding itself aligned with the left wing Social Democrats and the Greens.
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