One year after Switzerland’s Council of States (upper house) voted in favour of controlling lobbyists’ access to parliament, the draft proposed implementation plan has been rejected by the commission in charge of it.
Back in March 2016, the Council of States voted in favour of a parliamentary initiative put forward by state councillor Didier Berberat calling for those accessing parliament to be accredited. The plan envisioned a register where lobbyists would be required to list their employer and remit. In addition, the number of registered lobbyists allowed into each parliamentary session would be limited.
The commission’s arguments against the plan were that it was too complicated and brought no added value. The commission overseeing the project decided it was better for parliamentarians to decide themselves who they think should have access to parliament.