The Federal Council’s corona policy is driving the SVP to white heat. The largest party in Switzerland feels left out by the state government. Although several commissions in parliament had spoken out against the closure of the shops, the Federal Council stuck to its plan in January. And despite the more than 250,000 people who are now calling for the immediate end of the lockdown in a petition co-initiated by the SVP, the government only wants to loosen the corona measures gradually and with great caution.
“ The Federal Council has practically overturned parliament,” criticized SVP National Councilor Mike Egger (28). “We can’t just accept that.” The St. Galler wants to create the possibility that the parliament can remove federal councilors from office. Just like the USA, for example, knows with impeachment. In the spring session that begins next week, Egger will submit a proposal.
“I don’t want any American conditions in Switzerland,” emphasizes Egger. Parliament should only be given the opportunity to pass a vote of no confidence if something really serious has happened. «Parliament is legitimized by the people and empowered to re-elect the Federal Council every four years. So what speaks against the fact that parliament can take corrective action in the event of gross violations during a legislative period? ”Asks Egger. Such a “gross violation” could, for example, be ongoing criminal proceedings or a conviction. But also «if parliament is simply pushed aside», says Egger. As is currently happening from the perspective of the SVP.
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However, the entire Federal Council would then have to be overthrown – and not just Health Minister Alain Berset (48), whom the SVP has in its sights. Ultimately, even if the SVP is currently deliberately ignoring this, the state government always makes decisions as a college. In addition, she has the decision-making authority according to the Epidemics Act.
When asked about this, Egger says that the option of impeachment proceedings is only planned for individual Federal Councilors and should above all be of a preventive nature. It should serve as a “counterweight to the absolute dominance of the Federal Council in extraordinary situations”. “In the future, the Federal Council would carefully consider how it decides and properly involve Parliament.”
The Eastern Swiss gets support from SVP parliamentary group leader Thomas Aeschi (42). “I am currently discussing the introduction of impeachment proceedings against federal judges with members of the judicial commission,” he says. It is right to examine such a thing for federal councilors too. “If, for example, a Federal Councilor commits a serious mistake in the administration of office or does not implement parliamentary will, you should have something in hand.”
Switzerland has no impeachment
Today it is not possible in Switzerland to remove a Federal Councilor from office – unless he is no longer able to govern for health reasons. Most recently, in 2010, the Greens made an attempt to change that. The y suggested that the Federal Assembly can remove a Federal Councilor with a two-thirds majority. SVP politician Egger is now putting the same or a similar regulation up for discussion.
The National Council threw down the Greens’ proposal very clearly at the time. “ The stability of the government would be jeopardized if individual members of the Federal Council could be recalled by the Federal Assembly,” warned the commission responsible. At that time, the SVP was still largely against it.