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The Swiss abroad want to sue Postfinance

The Problem is unsolved for almost ten years. The Swiss abroad are affected since the financial crisis of 2008 and the massive upheavals in the banking sector, under pressure from the United States, more and more regulations in the financial sector. This led the banks higher costs, charged to the foreign customer directly.

the Swiss abroad are Concerned. The conclusion of a survey of the Organisation of the Swiss abroad (OSA) are among the banks was by the end of 2016 sobering: For the Swiss abroad, it is becoming more and more difficult to open up in Switzerland in an account or to retain such. The banks treated them as foreigners. For persistent Trouble also significantly increased account were fees in the case of the Postfinance of a year of 300 francs.

All motions

Previously sunk the Postfinance, which is a hundred percent owned by the Federal government had abolished the credit cards for Swiss domiciled abroad. The was 2015. After fierce resistance, however, formed in the ASO. Protesters, members of the 140-member Auslandschweizerrats were put off at the congresses, however, and patience is asked. In National Council and Council of States motions were pending. It is necessary to be seen what will be decided. But the Swiss was decided in the sense of the foreign.

on The contrary, the rejected majorities from the National Council and Council of States showed them the cold shoulder, including the Bundesrat; all of the motions were. The reasoning of the Federal Council against the initiatives remained always the same.

The former post Minister Doris Leuthard said, beyond the existing legal order to the post-Finance could be put to no further requirements than to the other Swiss banks. The Federal Council consider it as a strong interference in the economic freedom of the banks, if this regulator could be forced, possibly higher than of them self-chosen risks. More Leuthard argued: "From the point of view of equality of Competition does not justify why only the post-Finance of a corresponding legal obligation to be affected."

pincer attack on the SP and SVP

was Sunk by the Council of States as a Motion of the foreign policy Commission of the national Council stepped in last. This demanded, in vain, "that of the Swiss abroad have to similar conditions as in Switzerland, access to services from Postfinance, including the credit card offer". With Erich Bloch, a SP representative from Israel, and John McGough, SVP-delegates from Hungary, now, two Auslandschweizerräte to the two-handed sword.

"We have lost patience," says McGough. Due to his application of the Auslandschweizerrat at its next Congress of 23. To decide to March in Bern on whether he wishes to attach to the post-Finance a discrimination lawsuit.

Based on a legal opinion, grant McGough of any such suit opportunities. A disadvantage alone, the group of the Swiss abroad, the legal basis is lacking, he says. This is especially the case if the funds were legally purchased and taxed.

That the Resolution is adopted in the Council, was possible, hopes McGough. Erich Bloch hopes in addition to the new post of Minister. He has written a letter to his party colleague, Simonetta Sommaruga, with the polite request to intervene on behalf of the fifth Switzerland.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 09.02.2019, 11:29 PM

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