Ticinese Senator Filippo Lombardi has been elected President of the Council of States at the start of the winter session. A member of the CVP (Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland), he has held a seat in the upper house of the Swiss Parliament since 1999. He is also one of three co-chairmen of the Inter-Parliamentary Group “Swiss Abroad”.
Every year about 200 young people have the possibility to get a glimpse at the Swiss political process. During the Session, they have the chance to get information about policy making and cooperation possibilities which will contribute to their motivation for future political activities. Places are reserved for Swiss Abroad. The OSA will prepare the participants for the Session.
You will find below the message of greeting from President of the Confederation Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf to the Swiss Abroad.
The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) is seeking, by means of a petition, to persuade the Swiss Confederation and Cantons to make participation in elections and referenda possible for all, via the Internet. Of course the decisive factor will be to gain as many signatures as possible for the petition. This is the only way to generate pressure. - www.petition.aso.ch