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Plenary session and workshop

Saturday, 20 August 2022: Plenary session, lunch and workshop "What are the challenges for our democracy?"

Venue: Palazzo dei Congressi Lugano, Piazza Indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano

The office of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad will open at 8:00 am for the registration of participants and handing-in of documents.

Live stream at www.swisscommunity.org

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

SPEECHES


Moderator: Stephan Lendi


Video

SWI swissinfo.ch


Opening speech

Filippo Lombardi, OSA President


Opening address on behalf of the Confederation

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation


Effects of the COVID-19 crisis on democracy

Irène Kälin, President of the National Council


Swiss democracy – how is the patient doing?

Uwe Serdült, political scientist at the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau


Coffee break


Voting rights in Switzerland: Foreign nationals vs. Swiss Abroad

Kijan Espahangizi, Geschäftsführer Zentrum «Geschichte des Wissens», ETH / Universität Zürich

Franz Muheim, Professor für Teilchenphysik, University of Edinburgh, Vorstandsmitglied der ASO

Michelle Fongang, Wirtschaftswissenschaftlerin, Spezialistin für EU-Politik


Voting and electoral rights for 16-year-olds

Jacqueline Siffer

Luis Alberto Gostin Krämer

Vorstandsmitglieder Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA)


E-collection, e-discussion and e-voting

Peter Grünenfelder, director of Avenir Suisse


Fake News: What should we do if influencers are more trustworthy than the media?

Fabrizio Gilardi, Professor Policy Analysis, Universität Zürich

Larissa M. Bieler, Direktorin und Chefredaktorin SWI swissinfo.ch

Priscilla Imboden, Bundeshausredaktorin Onlinemagazin «Republik»

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Buffet lunch

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION


Political rights of Swiss Abroad

Carlo Sommaruga, Ständerat (SP/GE)

Laurent Wehrli, Nationalrat (FDP/VD)

Nicolas Walder, Nationalrat (Grüne/GE)

Roland Fischer, Nationalrat (GLP/LU)

Roland Büchel, Nationalrat (SVP/SG)

Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter, Nationalrätin (Die Mitte/BL)

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm

WORKSHOPS 1–4


Participation in one of the four workshops run in parallel:


Workshop 1: E-collection, e-discussion and e-voting:

Peter Grünenfelder, Direktor Avenir Suisse

Nicolas Walder, Nationalrat (Grüne/GE)


Workshop 2: Expanding Swiss democracy: How can we increase representation?

Kijan Espahangizi, Geschäftsführer Zentrum «Geschichte des Wissens», ETH / Universität Zürich

Laurent Wehrli, Nationalrat (FDP/VD)

Roland Büchel, Nationalrat (SVP/SG)


Workshop 3: Fake news

Fabrizio Gilardi, Professor Policy Analysis Universität Zürich

Carlo Sommaruga, Ständerat (SP/GE)

Roland Fischer, Nationalrat (GLP/LU)


Workshop 4: Voting and electoral rights for 16-year-olds

Jacqueline Siffer

Luis Alberto

Gostin Krämer

Vorstandsmitglieder Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad (YPSA)


Coffee break / Wechsel in den Hauptsaal


Summary of workshops 1–4

Moderators of the workshops

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

CLOSING

Summary and closing address

Ariane Rustichelli, Director of OSA

Filippo Lombardi, President of OSA

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