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If a law is declared urgent by the Federal Council and parliament, this decision must be confirmed by the people within 100 days.
The two referenda on the Covid law, which has been declared urgent, have cost the Swiss fundamental rights movement a lot of time and energy in the last two years.
If the Giaccometti Initiative is accepted, the people would automatically be allowed to decide on urgent federal laws. This would be an important strengthening of our direct democracy. However, there is still a long way to go - 100,000 signatures need to be collected.
The rights of the citizen must be strengthened. This is one of the most important conclusions of the last two years. The Giaccometti initiative attempts an important step in this direction. Normally, laws can only come into force after the referendum period of 100 days has expired. With the Covid law, which is defacto a "blank power of attorney" to regulate everything even remotely related to pandemic control, the right of referendum was invalidated. Only faits accomplis could be voted on and there was a shift of power to the executive.
The initiative ultimately calls for a matter of course. If a law is declared urgent by the Federal Council and parliament, this decision must be confirmed by the people within 100 days.. In the event of a No vote in such a referendum, a law declared urgent would immediately cease to be in force. The initiative strengthens the rights of citizens in an impressively simple way. That is why the Friends of the Constitution Association also supports this popular initiative.
You can find detailed arguments on the website of the initiative committee.
Please sign today - you can find the signature form here!
The initiative runs until 25 July 2023.