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young parliamentarians Environment tops the list of youth concerns

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Some participants at the "youth session" in the national parliament in 2017.

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As part of a campaign to raise youth interest in the political system, the Federation of Youth Parliaments has submitted 14 policy ideas proposed by under-25-year-olds to the Swiss parliament.

The ideas were gathered earlier this spring as part of the “Change Switzerland” project. A total of 300 propositions were received online, of which 14 will now be taken up by legislators in Bern.

Although the ideas cover a large swathe of themes, the environment was central to young people’s concerns: 20% of the overall propositions dealt with this issue, and a third of those accepted.

For example, Green representative from Geneva Lisa Mazzone – a highly-sought-after figure for applicants – has chosen to push a project to create a logo that would be obligatory for all products containing palm oil.

Other successful ideas include the promotion of more electric vehicles in cities, cheaper train travel, marriage for all, and a project to eliminate customs taxes.

The issue of equal pay for men and women – another high priority for youth – was not taken up by any parliamentarian.

Overall, the ideas were submitted mostly by German speakers (88%), with the contributions from ‘Latin Switzerland’ slightly down on last year; 10% were in French, 2% in Italian.

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