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Swiss officials not to fly in Europe

air travel is harmful for the climate. And politicians jetting frequently across Europe. Now a Motion in the Canton of Geneva requires that civil servants should abstain for short distances on the fly. This is the "Tribune de Genève reported".

The initiative, the Green MEP dolphins Klopfenstein Broggini has been filed. Only from a distance of more than 1200 kilometers, the state should be allowed to employees to fly. "It is unacceptable that state to fly officials to Lyon, Lugano or Paris," says Klopfenstein Broggini.

Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam

Figures from the Canton of Geneva, according to 2018, nearly 4000 politicians for foreign travel, the plane. From Geneva airport to the most popular destinations such as Brussels, Amsterdam or Berlin. The officials would not hesitate to fly to Zurich, Paris or Marseille.

The Geneva Council of state, don't mind, apparently: air travel be allowed if "the distance and the time savings justify it". Therefore, traveling by plane were already an exception.

Klopfenstein Broggini, this Argument does not apply. The fly-caused CO2 emissions have increased since 1990 by 70 percent. In Geneva, they would have doubled in the last 15 years almost. Even universities and municipalities would limit the use of the aircraft.

by train up to eight hours

Also at the national level, politicians ' thoughts, such as "Watson". "We are currently examining initiatives that promote eco-friendly mobility in the Federal administration," says Regula Rytz , national councillor and President of the Green party, the newspaper said.

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Thus would be considered until the spring session of different models. As such, officials should refrain from flying, if the routes the train can be placed in less than eight hours. This is about Brussels, Rome and Paris.

For Rytz has the time-saving argument is still a further hook: "In the train could work very well and also make a phone call.

Not a good idea to ban for SVP national councillor Ueli Giezendanner. A flight ban for civil servants was "complete nonsense", he says to "Watson". Inefficient and much too expensive it would be. The loss of time to equalize, would have to be employed more officials, the member of the traffic Commission.

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Created: 08.02.2019, 18:03 PM

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