Consultation procedure

This content was published on September 11, 2006

When the government is considering introducing or amending a law or signing a major international treaty, it opens a consultation procedure to find out what the cantons, political parties and leading organisations think of the proposal. Once they have made their final recommendations – and this can be a lengthy process - a draft law is presented. The consultation procedure is a key element of Switzerland's legislative system.

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