Most Important Topics

 

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad represents the interests of Swiss expatriates. Current important topics include:

 

 

Factsheets for the most important topics exist in German and French.

 


 

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.

 

At the beginning of 2019, the cantons of AG, BE, BS, FR, GE, LU, NE, SG, TG and VD had the opportunity to vote via e-voting. The system of the Canton of Geneva and that of Swiss Post were available for electronic voting.

On 28.11.2018, the Canton of Geneva announced that it would no longer operate its existing system from the end of February 2020 for financial reasons. 6 of the 7 cantons that used the Geneva "CH Vote" system announced that they would like to continue to offer their citizens abroad electronic voting and use the Swiss Post system for this purpose. On 19 June 2019, the Canton of Geneva had already taken its system out of operation prematurely, with the result that no Geneva e-voting system will be available from this date. The reason for the early withdrawal was the postponed decision of the Federal Council to approve e-voting for the October elections. With the late decision date, it is no longer possible to carry out the necessary planning and preparatory work in the required quality.

 

On 5 July 2019, Swiss Post decided not to offer its existing system either. The reason given was that its current system was not fully verifiable and therefore did not fully meet the federal government's requirements for an e-voting system.

As a result, all e-voting options have been eliminated at present.

 

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Banks

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.

 

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