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US The Swiss say no to obstacles to immigration by citizens of the European Union

00:10  28 september  2020
00:10  28 september  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The Swiss People' s Party (SVP) had forced a binding referendum on the EU agreement in a bid to curb immigration to the country where foreigners make up a quarter of the population. Opponents said the plan would have robbed business of skilled workers and torpedoed accords that enhance non- EU

The Swiss People' s Party had pushed for tighter immigration control using rhetoric utilised by Opponents said the plan would have robbed business of skilled workers and torpedoed accords that Around 68% of the 2.1 million foreigners living in Switzerland in 2019 were citizens of the EU , as

Voters rejected by 61.7% the popular initiative launched by the populist right of the SVP, the country's largest party

Ursula Von Der Leyen, présidente de la Commission euroépenne © Olivier HOSLET / EPA / AFP Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission VOTE - Voters rejected by 61.7% the popular initiative launched by the populist right of the SVP, the country's largest party

The Swiss have said no to a large majority to limiting the immigration of nationals of European Union , much to the relief of economic circles, and voted in favor of a two-week paternity leave when the young fathers had no so far only right for a day or two.

Voters rejected by 61.7% the popular initiative launched by the populist right-wing of the SVP, the country's leading party, which denounces "uncontrolled and disproportionate immigration" and considers jobs threatened by the Agreement on the free movement of persons (AFMP) signed in 1999 with the European Union (EU). A result all the more telling as the participation rate was very high around 59%.

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Image: Many Swiss citizens appear to have changed their views on EU immigration since the UK' s Brexit vote. She added that Switzerland would continue to pursue a "bilateral path" with the EU , eschewing membership of the bloc while seeking close economic ties with it.

Immigration Curbs By rejecting the limits to immigration from the EU , Switzerland avoided putting itself on a collision course with Brussels and inflicting lasting damage. A proposal to introduce new limits on immigration from the European Union , however, was defeated by a comfortable margin.

“Positive signal”

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the Swiss vote as a “positive signal”.

If the polls suggested that the SVP's sole rider was doomed to failure, the result was nonetheless the most anticipated among a whole series of subjects on which the Swiss had to vote on Sunday, as is the tradition of voting.

All other parties and business circles were strongly in favor of open borders with an EU which is Switzerland's most important trading partner. And the Swiss border regions depend heavily on labor coming from neighboring countries in the tens of thousands every day.

However, this yes does not mean that relations with the EU are cloudless. For several years, Brussels has wanted to conclude an institutional framework agreement with Bern to simplify bilateral relations. This agreement is far from unanimous, on the left and on the right.

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Switzerland is unique in Western Europe , not having joined the European Union ( EU ). Switzerland is still neither a member of the EU nor of the European Economic Area. However, the Swiss were asked to vote on issues concerning the EU several times.

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The UDC intends "to make sure that we do not gradually enter the European Union," said Céline Amaudruz, one of the party officials on the public channel RTS.

Conversely, the leader of the Socialist parliamentary group in Parliament Roger Nordmann believes that the Swiss have signaled their attachment to bilateral relations, which have worked well for 20 years. "Switzerland is sending a strong signal to Europe today," he told RTS.

Papa poule

In addition, the large yes (60.3%) in the referendum on paternity leave allows Switzerland to catch up a little behind its peers in Europe. "Paternity leave finally has more time than a move," said Adrian Wüthrich, member of the Paternity Leave Committee.

While since 2005, the law grants working mothers 14 weeks of paid leave after the birth of a child, fathers were only entitled to one or two days if they are employed. And nothing for the independents.

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"This result shows that society has evolved and that the time has passed for a model where women must stay at home", underlines Philippe Gnaegi, director of Pro Familia, a group of family organizations, cited by the ATS agency.

After countless attempts, the federal parliament adopted in September 2019 a two-week paternity leave. The Swiss still had to decide by referendum

The Swiss, on the other hand, rejected by 51.9% a revision of the hunting law adopted by Parliament in the face of the increase in the number of wolves, according to the latest projection of the institute survey gfs.bern. The cantons can currently authorize firing when a wolf causes significant damage, but the revision would have made it possible to act in a preventive manner.

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