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Federal Councilor Baume-Schneider wants to mediate on the legal issue
Moutier changes canton. But there are disagreements. There must be mediation between Jura and Bern. Justice Minister Elisabeth Baume-Schneider wants to mediate. Although she is a Jurassic herself.
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The Jura Federal Councilor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider is to mediate between Jura and Bern.
The Jura Federal Councilor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider wants to mediate between the cantons of Bern and Jura, since they cannot agree on the money when changing cantons from Moutier. The question arose whether the Jurassic would be suitable as a neutral mediator. There is not much time for clarification.
If Moutier’s change of canton is to take place at the beginning of 2026, as desired by the Jura, the two cantons must come to an agreement in the next few weeks. Specifically, it is about the amount of the financial compensation in connection with the transfer of Moutier. Without agreement, the intercantonal concordat, which regulates the modalities of changing cantons, cannot be signed.
The federal government wants a pioneering role
Justice Minister Baume-Schneider has now informed the two cantons in writing that she would be happy to act as a mediator, as Jean-Christophe Geiser from the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) told the Keystone-SDA news agency on Wednesday. He thus confirmed a report by the newspaper “Quotidien jurassien”.
The letter was therefore sent to Bern and Delsberg last week. “As far as I know, we have not yet received an answer from the two governments,” said Geiser. The federal government wants to play a mediating role if difficulties arise in the negotiations between the two cantons.
As soon as the financial questions have been clarified, the concordat is to be declared legally valid by the two governments. After a consultation, the document should finally be signed. It only comes into force once it has been approved by both cantonal parliaments, the electorate and the National Council and Council of States.