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13 Jun 2019

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Swiss National Council insists on Responsible Business counter-proposal

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"Parliament keeps Responsible Business counter-proposal alive", 13 June 2019

...One chamber [of Switzerland's Parliament] is insisting on a counter-proposal to a people’s initiative that would ward off a nationwide vote on the issue.

Thursday’s decision puts the House of Representatives on a collision course with Senate, which had earlier rejected the watered-down version of the Responsible Business Initiative. Senate will later have a second vote on whether to accept or reject the counter-proposal.

If rejected, the voters of Switzerland would then have the final say [on] the issue.

At stake are proposed new laws that would hold Swiss-based companies legally accountable if their overseas subsidiaries violate human rights or environmental standards...

In the House of representatives on Thursday, parliamentarians voted by 109 votes to 69 (with seven abstentions) to yet again accept a counter-proposal to the initiative...

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