Party Congress of the Greens in Geneva
Greens want to be the third strongest party
The delegates of the Greens adopted their election program at their meeting in Geneva on Saturday. The start of the election year was the vote on the Climate Protection Act, for which the delegates unanimously voted yes.
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Party President of the Greens, Balthasar Glättli, sees 2023 as a key year for the climate.
The indirect counter-proposal to the glacier initiative was declared by the party in a statement to be the “most important climate policy vote of the decade” and a “milestone for Swiss climate policy”. Because the SVP has called the referendum against the law, the population is expected to comment on it in the summer.
The Greens wanted to “do all they could to win the vote”. The momentum from this vote should then be used for the finish line, the 2023 elections, said party president Balthasar Glättli according to the text of the speech. Fortunately, there are solutions for a greener future. Only the political majorities for it were missing.
Ban on domestic flights called for
Glättli described 2023 as a key year for the climate, biodiversity and green solutions. “Our house is on fire”: It is time to put out this fire. “We know how: save energy, get out of fossil energy, build solar energy,” said Glättli.
Therefore, the Greens would have to be strengthened again as a party in the elections. As a goal, he stated that he wanted to become the third strongest force in Switzerland. Glättli also referred to the successes of his party in the canton of Geneva, where the Greens became the strongest party in 2019 with almost 25 percent of the voters.
In addition to climate policy and other “guard rails and goals of the Greens”, the “Agenda 2023-2027” election program also includes demands for a ban on domestic flights, the introduction of a prenatal maternity leave, the promotion of energy cooperatives and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Closer relations with the EU
Furthermore, a majority of the delegates were in favor of launching the so-called Europe Initiative together with a civil society alliance from Operation Libero, La Suisse en Europe, Suisseculture, Volt Switzerland and the Association of Swiss Student Unions VSS.
This wants to oblige the Federal Council to start negotiations with the EU immediately. In addition, it guarantees wage protection by anchoring the principle of accompanying measures in the constitution, said National Councilor Sibel Arslan (BS) according to the announcement. (SDA)