Swiss politics and political institutions: 3. Government and Parliament. Prof. Dr. Andreas Ladner iMPA 2012. The Parliament. Two “symmetric” houses An important number of parties Changing majorities Parliamentary groups Permanent commissions Reforms. The Council of States (46 seats).
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Prof. Dr. Andreas Ladner
It is the task of the committees to carry out a preliminary examination of issues allotted to them, which means that they work closely with the Federal Council.
The National Council has 12 standing committees:
10 legislative and 2 supervisory committees.
The Council of States has 11 standing committees:
9 legislative and 2 supervisory committees.
The National Council committees are made up of 25 members *) while the Council of States committees each have 13 members.
The committees are also responsible for monitoring social and political developments in the areas allotted to them by the Offices, and for proposing solutions to problems that arise (through a committee initiative).
The committees meet on average for 3 or 4 days per quarter.
2. Consultation on the report of the expert committee
3. Draft of Federal Council with two variants + 3 variants of the corresponding committee of the NC
1. FDHA – Expert committee
7. No go!
8. NC_CSSH suggests a new initiative
9. Federal Council submits initiative with request for minor changes
6. Submission to the Parliament
12. /13. CS-CSSH does follows the Federal Council, and so does the CS
10. /11. NC-CSSH does not follow the Federal Council neither does the NC
14. NC joins CS with minor changes
15. Revision passes the two chambers
16. Referendum challenge
18. New provisions are put into force, 15 years from the beginning