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Parties set agendas for upcoming session

Switzerland’s political parties have taken positions on issues ranging from unemployment insurance to UBS ahead of parliament’s spring session.

This content was published on February 20, 2010 - 20:42

The centre-right Radical Democratic Party said revising the country’s old-age and survivors insurance scheme remains a top priority. Reforming unemployment insurance programmes are also high on the agenda.

The centre-left Social Democratic Party have vowed to oppose any such revisions. The group also wants the government to come up with a plan for attracting “white money” by firmly rejecting any tax policy that allows tax cheats to hide black money in Swiss banks.

The Christian Democratic Party, the Evangelical People's Party and the Green Liberal Party called for a parliamentary commission to investigate the UBS affair. The group also called for a “sustainable reform” of the country’s unemployment insurance scheme.

The rightwing Swiss People’s Party is unanimously behind a proposal that would strip publicly traded companies from setting bonuses for top managers. Instead parliament would have the final say in how much they receive.

The party has also called for an investigation into UBS.

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