Switzerland is heading towards an “imminent crisis” in terms of energy supplies, warned SVP President Marco Chiesa on Saturday in Reconvilier (BE). The delegates were gathered there to set the watchwords for the federal votes on February 13.
Marco Chiesa sharply criticized the energy policy of the Federal Council, speaking to the delegates gathered in the village hall of the Bernese Jura. According to him, “Switzerland is heading headlong towards disaster”. The assembly voted a mandate to its leadership for rapid measures, by 208 votes against zero.
“It is clear that the 2050 Energy Strategy, the fruit of the ideologues of the pink-green left, is a bitter failure”, denounced the Ticino in his speech. “The representatives of the economy, the Confederation and science are unanimous: a shortage of electricity is the most serious threat hanging over our country.”
The prosperity of the country is at stake
“And according to the Confederation, we must expect such shortages within two or three years already”, said the president of the SVP, “with all the disastrous consequences that entails”. Marco Chiesa scratched the Federal Council, whose strategy “is not one, but blind ecological navigation”.
There is currently no realistic concept or responsible person to ensure security of supply
“A blindness which jeopardizes our security of supply, just like our prosperity”, noted the Ticino man in front of the delegates gathered in the village hall of the Bernese Jura. “Switzerland is heading headlong towards disaster,” added the Ticino, for whom electricity is the energy keystone.
“To date, there is no realistic concept or responsible person to guarantee security of supply,” he lamented. This is why the SVP wants to ask Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga via a petition to admit that the subject must be an “absolute priority”.
Ueli Maurer defends his critics of the government
Beyond the energy dossier, the delegates listened to the remarks of one of their two federal advisers, the great financier Ueli Maurer. The 71-year-old from Zurich reaffirmed his desire to afford the luxury of expressing his free will. Referring to the health crisis, he highlighted the fractures within society.
“A division that will occupy the country for a long time to come, perhaps as much as the debts contracted to overcome the pandemic,” added Ueli Maurer, also reiterating his critical approach to decisions. “It’s part of my character,” he said, triggering thunderous applause from the delegates.
Three times no and one yes
The latter then determined their watchwords for the federal votes of February 13, with each time a contradictory presentation of the subjects. The assembly rejected the two popular initiatives proposed to the people, texts deemed “extreme” by Marco Chiesa.
These are the initiatives “yes to the prohibition of animal and human experimentation – yes to research approaches that promote safety and progress” and “yes to the protection of children and young people against tobacco advertising” . Both were rejected outright, by 208 to 2 and 190 to 11 votes respectively.
The law on a package of measures in favor of the media, submitted to referendum, suffered the same fate. The Democratic delegates from the center swept it away by 204 votes against 3, showing themselves sensitive to the argument of their committee according to which the support is equivalent to “millions of gifts” intended for the large German-speaking publishers.
Contested via a referendum of the left, the modification of the federal law on the stamp duties found on the other hand favor with the eyes of the assembly. A “crucial project” for the economy and employment, according to the management of the UDC. Described as favorable to SMEs and start-ups, it was approved by 210 against 1.