Most Important Topics
The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad represents the interests of Swiss expatriates. Current important topics include:
E-Voting for everyone
Swiss abroad have a right to vote by letter on federal matters since July 1, 1992. Unfortunately, the official voting papers too often arrive too late or in a wrong language at the Swiss' homes abroad. That's why the Organisation for the Swiss Abroad has been campaigning for e-voting for years.
Swiss abroad are lively users of E-Voting. When offered, about half of all Swiss abroad registered in an electoral roll are using e-voting in average.
Since the first trial on 26 September 2004, 14 cantons have introduced e-voting for their citizens who live abroad, and some for their domestic citizens as well (Neuchâtel and Geneva). Cantons in the pilot trial include Neuchâtel, Geneva and Zurich. They were joined by Aargau, Basel-Stadt, Bern, Fribourg, Glarus, Graubünden, Luzern, St Gallen, Solothurn, Schaffhausen and Thurgau since.
Since 2008 it has become increasingly difficult for the Swiss Abroad to open or maintain a bank account in Switzerland within reasonable conditions.
The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) has undertaken several interventions in order to find a solution to this problem, which affects a considerable number of Swiss citizens abroad.
For one the OSA has intervened directly with the banks, and indirectly through the Swiss Bank Association, the Association of the “Kantonalbanken”, the Swiss Banking Ombudsman and the Federal Department of Finance. The OSA also contacted the price-supervisor who conducted an investigation into the banking conditions for Swiss Abroad.
Several parliamentary interventions were submitted and the OSA has given statements to legal consultations.
The OSA continues to campaign for a speedy proceeding of this dossier.
Link to a table comparing the different bank terms: