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ELECTION OF DELEGATES TO SERVE ON THE
COUNCIL OF THE SWISS ABROAD (CSA)
FOR THE 2021 – 2025 TERM

PHASE 1: CALL FOR CANDIDATES 

Represent the UK Swiss on the Council of the Swiss Abroad

Have you ever wondered how the Swiss who live abroad participate in and find out about which laws and policies will affect them? Do you have what it takes to represent the Swiss nationals who live and work in the UK? Stand to be a Delegate of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) for the 2021 – 2025 term.

The Council of the Swiss Abroad represents the interests of all Swiss citizens abroad vis-à-vis the authorities and public in Switzerland. It is also often referred to as the “Parliament of the Fifth Switzerland”.

If you want to stand as a candidate, you must submit the application form either by downloading it here and posting it to FOSSUK, or by filling in the online form by midnight, on the 28th February 2021.
 

Are you eligible to stand as a candidate?

You must be a Swiss citizen living in the UK, registered with the Swiss Embassy London, as well as to vote in Swiss elections and referenda. You must be fluent in either German or French, which are the languages at the OSA Council meetings, and be willing to participate in two yearly meetings of the OSA Council in Switzerland. 

For any queries on how to apply, difficulty in accessing or downloading the forms, please email elections@swiss-societies.co.uk and a member of the FOSSUK Committee will assist.

More information:

Online Candidate Application Form

What is the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA)?

Who are the current UK CSA Delegates? 

Read the UK Delegates Reports to find out how they contribute and what it means for Swiss living and working in the UK.

Enquiries about the process and eligibility, please email elections@swiss-societies.co.uk

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Q&A: Your influence as a Swiss Expat

Online Webinar

Wednesday 3rd, 19:00 – Wednesday 3rd, 20:30

Register to attend the free online Q&A through EventBrite: https://bit.ly/3beyr24

Find out what the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) does and what being Delegate to the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) means.

Hear from the current UK Delegates and OSA's Director, Ariana Rustichelli. Followed by an open Q&A. 

Elections Timetable: 

Phase I: Call for candidates
30.11.2021 – 28.02.2021
Candidate eligibility is confirmed by the Swiss Embassy
Online candidate application form > 

Phase II: Call for votes
20.04.2021 – 20.05.2021
Candidate profiles published in Swiss Review UK Regional Pages Issue II 20.04.2021
Votes are certified as eligible by the OSA Elections Country Representative and confirmed by the Swiss Embassy

Phase III: Elected UK Delegates ratified at the FOSSUK AGM 19.06.2021

OSA Congress: 20-22 August 2021 in Lugano
Elected CSA UK Delegates attend

WHAT IS THE ORGANISATION OF THE SWISS ABROAD (OSA)?

The Organisation for the Swiss Abroad (OSA), is an independent organisation which is recognised as the advocate of the interests of the Fifth Switzerland

Organised by the OSA, the Congress of the Swiss Abroad is the annual meeting of the Swiss citizen living all around the world. During this meeting, they have the opportunity to renew with the Swiss current information, to discuss on special themes and to exchange in a friendly atmosphere their own experiences. The Congress is held in German and French.

This Congress takes place each year in August, in a different area of Switzerland, and some 500 compatriots from the whole world come each year to this event. Visits, entertainment and meeting with the authorities and local population are also part of the programme.

The Council of the Swiss Abroad represents the interests of Swiss expatriates before the authorities and public opinion in Switzerland. This is why the media call it the 'Parliament of the Fifth Switzerland'. It has numerous major achievements for the Fifth Switzerland to its credit.

Quite a success story !

There have been many achievements and the SSA has always played a decisive role in carrying these through : the inclusion of Swiss living abroad in the Federal Constitution (Art 40), maintaining optional old-age and disablement insurance (AVS/AI), livelihood protection thanks to the Solidarity Fund, several civil rights revisions, information to Swiss abroad with the "Swiss Review", promotion of training young Swiss abroad or the introduction of the right to vote by mail - all these deserve to be highlighted as major achievements. It is also thanks to the activities of the Council of Swiss Abroad that the presence of the Fifth Switzerland back home over the years has increased significantly.

OSA SERVICES

  • Legal Department

  • Youth Service

  • Editorial Office "Swiss Review"

  • Association for the Promotion of Education for Young Swiss Abroad (AJAS)

  • educationsuisse (formerly: Committee for Swiss Schools Abroad)

  • Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad (FYSA)

More information is available on the OSA website: www.aso.ch

THE OSA MANAGEMENT TEAM

OSA is organised and run by a highly motivated and skilled team permanent administrative team, the Secretariat for the Swiss Abroad (SSA). You can see a full list of the team on the official OSA website >