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Switzerland: Sustainability Criteria for Biofuels

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Mineralölsteuergesetz, Änderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Mineralölsteuerverordnung, Änderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation official Web site http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2008/index0_9.html (last visited Feb. 28, 2008).) These enactments have an […]

Switzerland: Child Allowance

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the cantons, and it introduces an educational allowance of at least 250 Swiss Francs (about US$226) per […]

Switzerland: Federal Archives

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 28, 2007, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Switzerland re-promulgated a list of federal archival material that is not being made available to the public 30 years after its creation but enjoys instead either a 50-year protective period or an indefinite period during which it cannot be made public […]

Switzerland: Arms Control

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 14, 2007, the Swiss Commerce Department (Eidgenösasisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartment, EVD) announced that it suspended an export permit for 21 Swiss-produced anti-aircraft missile systems for Pakistan. The exports had been approved in December 2006 and six of the systems have already been delivered. The remainder of the exports, valued at approximately 98 […]

Switzerland: Forced Marriage

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Swiss Federal Council (the executive branch of the Swiss government) communicated to the Swiss parliament its concern over the high incidence of forced marriages among the immigrant population from Islamic countries and its intention to propose law reforms to forestall such abuses. Among the contemplated measures is the voidability, for an […]

Switzerland: Flat Rate Tax

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Swiss Canton of Obwalden is in the process of introducing a flat rate tax on individual incomes, to be applied for the first time in the tax year 2008. The bill has passed the first reading in the cantonal parliament and has to pass another parliamentary reading and a referendum in […]