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1 The Federal Assembly – The Parliament of Switzerland A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

2 Content The National Council The Council of States The Committees The Delegations Parliamentary Procedures The Parliamentary Services A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

3 The National Council Distribution of seats by canton and parliamentary group A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

4 The National Council Distribution of seats by canton ZH 34 BE 26 VD 18 AG 15 SG 12 GE 11 LU 10 UR 1 SO 7 BL 7 VS 7 FR 7 GL 1 AI 1 NW 1 OW 1ZG 3 NE 5 SZ 4 AR 1 JU 2 SH 2 TG 6 BS 5 GR 5 TI 8 A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

5 The National Council Distribution of seats by parliamentary group A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

6 The National Council President 2014 – 2015 Stéphane Rossini SP, VS A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

7 Debates of the National Council A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

8 Debates of the National Council The regulated floor time 20 minutes Rapporteurs and members of the Federal Council in general debates 10 minutes Parliamentary group speakers Other speakers to provide grounds for a motion 5 minutes Individual members A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

9 Debates of the National Council IOpen debate All Council members IIOrganised debate The parliamentary group speakers, other members proposed by the groups and the authors of the proposals IIIReduced debate The committee rapporteurs, the parliamentary group speakers and the authors of proposals 5 categories IVShort debate Rapporteurs, authors of minority proposals and parliamentary initiatives VWritten debate No right to take the floor A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

10 The Council of States Distribution of seats by parliamentary group A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

11 Conseil des Etats Distribution of seats by parliamentary group A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

12 Council of States President Claude Hêche SP, JU A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

13 Debates of the Council of States A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

14 Debates of the Council of States Members who wish to take the floor must submit a request to do so to the president. Order: ▫ Rapporteurs ▫ Committee members ▫ Other members Floor time is unlimited. There is no simultaneous translation in the Council of States. A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

15 The 11 Committees A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

16 The 11 Committees Finance Committee Control Committee Foreign Affairs Committee Committee for Science, Education and Culture Committee for Social Security and Health Committee for the Environment, Spatial planning and Energy National Council: 25 members Council of States: 13 members A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

17 The 11 Committees Defence Committee Committee for Transport and Telecommunications Committee for Economic Affairs and Taxation Political Institutions Committee Committee for Legal Affairs National Council: 25 members Council of States: 13 members A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

18 Other Committees Committee on Pardons Drafting Committee Judicial Committee Immunity Committee A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

19 The Delegations A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

20 The Delegations AC - Administration Committee FinDel - Finance Delegation CD - Control Delegation DSN - Delegation for the Supervision of the NRLA (New Railway Lines under the Alps) Sub-committee within a Committee Delegations to international Parliamentary Assemblies EFTA/EP - European Free Trade Association European Parliament IPU - Inter-Parliamentary Union APF - Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie OSCE PA - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe CE - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe NATO-PA Swiss Parliamentary Delegation to the NATO-PA A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

21 Parliamentary Procedures Government proposal First chamber committee Final vote in both chambers Entry into force First chamber Second chamber Second chamber committee Elimination of differences (max. 3 times) A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

22 Parliamentary Procedures Referendum and initiative Optional Referendum Federal Acts and Federal decrees 50,000 citizens entitled to vote or eight cantons can request a referendum Compulsory Referendum Decisions on a total or partial revision of the Federal Constitution Can be conducted as the result of a popular initiative (100,000 signatures) or a federal decree Must be submitted to the vote of the people and the cantons A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

23 Parliamentary Procedures Forms of parliamentary intervention Parliamentary initiative Enables members to submit a proposal for a constitutional amendment, law or decree Members can submit a draft of the bill or propose in general terms that such a text be drafted Motion Can be submitted by a parliamentary member, a parliamentary group or a parliamentary committee Both chambers must approve the motion The motion obliges the Federal Council to submit a draft bill or decree or take appropriate measures as proposed A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

24 Parliamentary Procedures Forms of parliamentary intervention Question Request for information from the government on important domestic or foreign affairs The Federal Council replies in writing before the next session A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

25 Parliamentary Procedures Forms of parliamentary intervention Postulate Form of application requiring the Federal Council to determine if a draft bill or decree must be presented or if other appropriate measures must be taken Approval is only required from the chamber in which the postulate was submitted Interpellation Requests information on important events or matters May be qualified as urgent A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

26 The Parliamentary Services A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

27 The Parliamentary Services… provide assistance for the Federal Assembly to fulfill its allotted tasks. plan and organise parliamentary sessions and committee meetings, carry out secretarial work, translate and draw up reports and minutes, collate documentation and manage the archives advise members of parliament on technical or procedural questions. A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

28 The Parliamentary Services Secretary General as of 2013 Philippe Schwab A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015

29 Thank you for your attention! A Production by the Parliamentary Services | 2014/2015


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