Parliament begins its winter session
The winter session of parliament begins today, but the first order or work will be the election of new federal councilliors.
There are two positions to fill as Doris Leuthard and Johan Schneider-Amman are both retiring.
Parliament alone will decide who will take their place. There’s pressure on all sides that women will fill the roles, and many possible candidates are female.
Other issues MPs will be voting on is the budget – where cuts are being discussed – the raising of the minimum health insurance claims from CHF 300 to CHF 500 and how much to pay into the EU’s cohesion fund.
Parliament will also discuss if the country should sign up to the new UN Migration Pact. The government is already holding back a decision, waiting for parliament’s input.
There’s also environmental issues such as a CO2 target and arms exports controls.