IMF pledge tops parliamentary agenda

A special session of parliament is underway to tackle a range of issues including tax, security and environmental proposals.

This content was published on April 27, 2009 minutes

The House of Representatives will debate a SFr12.5 billion credit line the Swiss government pledged for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support the global economy. However the credit is limited to a maximum $10 billion.

The four-day session in the capital, Bern, will also continue discussions on abolishing trade barriers for products licensed in the European Union, paving the way for cheaper imports of foodstuffs and other goods.

Also on the agenda are plans to adapt the tax system, the restoration of rivers to their natural state as well as proposals to extend state surveillance to combat terrorism and a nationwide alarm system in case of kidnappings.

The other parliamentary chamber, the Senate, is not meeting this week.

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