Parliament tables nuclear power and EU ties

It is the penultimate session of parliament before elections in October Keystone

The future of nuclear power plants and Switzerland’s relations with the European Union dominate the agenda of parliament’s three-week summer session from Monday.

This content was published on May 30, 2011 - 11:18

Both chambers will discuss cabinet plans for a gradual phase-out of nuclear energy and more than 100 other proposals, including the promotion of energy saving and renewable resources.

Switzerland currently has five nuclear reactors which the government is seeking to shut down by 2034.

In other business, the House of Representatives and the Senate will hold debates over bilateral relations with the EU, amid calls by the rightwing to suspend a key accord on free access to each other’s labour market.

During the penultimate session of its four-year term, parliament will launch discussions on a reform of banking laws, particularly measures to prevent a collapse of the financial industry.

For the first time parliament is also meeting to elect a federal prosecutor. The incumbent, who was previously elected by the cabinet, is under pressure following a series of defeats in court.

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