When the Apocalypse, there is for the Swiss, at least a good message. Unlike other earth citizens, you can – the officially guaranteed at least a last Espresso treat.
bags with around 15'000 tons of green coffee has been stored in Switzerland for the case of all cases – a quantity that would fill a roughly 7-Kilometer-long column with about 400 tractors. A World War? A world-wide drought? The nuclear meltdown? Don't Worry! No matter what kind of disaster brings the coffee import to a Standstill: The caffeine supply is guaranteed. The 15'000 tonnes to cover consumption for three whole months – even though the Swiss count drinkers with nine kilos of coffee beans per Person and year worldwide to the Top. thanks
all of this is the care of the state government. With the "regulation on the compulsory storage of food and feed" ensures the Federal Council that the people has also in times of crisis, the vital goods. According to the regulation, sugar, rice, edible oil and fat, cereal and coffee. Anyway, that was in the past.
"I'm going to ask before the decision certainly not the first to George Clooney." the Guy Parmelin , Federal councillor
Because in the 10. April 2019, the Federal Council announced the previously unthinkable: unlike sugar or cooking oil, coffee is "according to the relevant criteria have not life important". Therefore, the duty of storage of coffee is no longer justified "from a supply policy point of view," wrote the government in a Pressecommuniqué, the bureaucratic wording of the drama of its contents is hardly fair.
coffee is not life important? The Federal Council's verdict went around the world. The Reuters news Agency reported somewhat stunned, just in the Nespresso Switzerland coffee was no longer "vital for human survival". The newspaper "USA Today" warned that neutral Switzerland was going to make coffee addict commuters of the world's enemies.
But now, six months later, there is good news: all The excitement was in vain.
1. Act: The shutter-release button
For emergency supplies of coffee and other goods, the Federal office for national economic supply (BWL) is in the Department of Federal councillor Guy Parmelin (SVP) is responsible. The BWL does not do the bearings yourself. Instead, it obliged the 15 biggest coffee company in Switzerland, to maintain emergency supplies – including Nestlé and Migros subsidiary Delica. For storage, the companies will receive compensation, financed by import duties: All importers are required to deliver per 100 pounds of 3.75 Swiss francs. The beats, of course, the prices. This means that, in the end, the coffee drinkers have to bear the storage costs, for a total of approximately 2.5 million Swiss francs per year.
all that Is really needed?, the Federal office for national economic supply asked as early as 2015, in an official report – a remarkably bureaucracy-critical attitude to state authority. This spring, the office took Seriously: In a new report to the Federal Council came to the conclusion, coffee might make "from a nutritional point of view due to its lack of nutritional value, no contribution to dietary energy supply". Something simple: A Cup of coffee has 0.6 of a kilo calories only. Therefore, the BWL, can coffee be "not more than necessary and Good classified". In addition, coffee waxes on three continents. Crop failures in one Region could be compensated for relatively easily.
the Federal Council Parmelin carried the Plan out of his office in the Federal Council. And this gave the green light for the abolition of the Compulsory stocks.
2. Act: consultation
But, of course, such a Fund are not fundamental decision in Switzerland, simply by the government. And that is why the Federal Council opened at 10. April 2019, with a consultation procedure, in order to explore this seriously, and whether the waiver of the coffee-compulsory stock majority was politically viable.
3. Act: The resistance
Up to this point, even longtime Federal house would be able to insiders say, the coffee industry has a Lobby. And lo and behold: she has! In the interest group (IG) of coffee in Switzerland on a self-Declaration in accordance with the "major organizations around the coffee market in Switzerland" organized by the coffee traders on the roaster to the Café owners. The aim of the interest group of coffee according to their Website: "with the joining of forces for the benefit of all stakeholders for the coffee economy."
The combined forces now have to call against a Guy Parmelin, and the entire Federal Council, the political mobilization out. Usually, lobbying organizations to turn to in such cases on its Website a political rationale. But not the IG coffee: they switched all the three-argument arias with the aim of crushing the officials of the Federal office for national economic supply arguments.
In these papers, the coffee lobby designs, a whole battery of crisis scenarios that could bring the global coffee trade subito to a Standstill: a large war in the middle East, the trade conflict between the United States and China, a global cyber war, a natural disaster or an epidemic among the coffee plants. And where is the Latte macchiato lovers of Switzerland, when the "autocratically-governed countries" – the IG of coffee, called specifically China – suddenly decide to promote domestic coffee consumption, and therefore, "all the coffee-Crop to shop"?
coffee as a "Motivator and performance enhancer"
And because of "coffee life is not important": The views of business on the calories is much too one-sided, blames the IG of coffee. Completely, the importance of coffee as a "Motivator and performance enhancer", as well as the dependence of many coffee drinkers, which was just in Switzerland, "enormous" will be underestimated. Therefore, in the case of a collapse of the supply of a "huge social pressure would occur," warns the coffee lobby.
Also in the "Migros-Magazin" threw for Delica, the coffee subsidiary of Migros, in the breach. It is argued with a "flash survey on Twitter". According to this survey, two-thirds of the participants had stated that they could imagine a life without coffee is hard.
And finally, wrote the SVP , Parmelins party, to the Federal Council that a removal of the economic supply of the Country lying completely transverse. Especially in a time in which major powers increasingly economic means of pressure against small States used.
4. Act: The overhead kick
The arguments showed in the Federal house Ost effect. According to two well-informed sources, is not come to the Federal Council Parmelin, in the meantime, to the conclusion that the thing was all the rebellion of value. Recently the politician has ordered his Federal office, the Plan for the abolition of the compulsory stock not to pursue.
Parmelins media currently in terms of content, to the point. It holds just, the Federal Council will decide in the next few months, what conclusions he has drawn from the consultation process. In fact, the decision to exercise the demolition not Parmelin alone, but in the competence of the Overall Federal Council.
An open secret in the Federal house is that the Minister of the economy itself is also like a Cup of give – in any life situation. "Espresso, what else?", can Parmelin personally align, as this newspaper confronted his Department with their research. The outrageous suspicion that he could be quite simply fold front of the coffee lobby, and says Parmelin: "I'm going to ask before that decision, certainly not first of all, George Clooney."
Created: 10.11.2019, 19:39 PM