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

PHASE 2: VOTING OPENS 20 APRIL 

It's time to vote!

The eligible candidates who are standing for election to be voted in as a UK Delegate for the next term can be viewed on the dedicated candidate profiles page here >

Who is eligible to vote? 

To vote for your UK Delegates, you must:

- Be aged 18+

- A Swiss National resident in the United Kingdom

- Registered with the Swiss Embassy

Voting eligibility is verified by the Swiss Embassy London once you have submitted your vote. 

VOTE FOR YOUR DELEGATES HERE >

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What makes an eligible candidate?

A candidate 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. They 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. 

All candidates standing for the next term have been independently vetted for elibility by the Swiss Embassy London. Applications to stand for elections closed on the 28th February 2021. A full profile of the candidates standing for the 2021 - 2025 term can viewed on the dedicated Candidates page >

For any queries the process or elections in general please email elections@swiss-societies.co.uk and a member of the FOSSUK Elections Committee will assist.

More information:

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

VOTE FOR THE 5 UK CSA DELEGATES

For the first time in the history of UK CSA Elections, you are able to vote online. You can vote for up to 5 candidates. View the full candidate profiles or summary profiles in Issue 2 of the Regional Pages of the Swiss Review

VOTE ONLINE HERE > 

Postal votes can of course still be submitted by filling out and sending the voting slip published in Issue 2 of the Swiss Review.

Voting closes at midnight 20 May 2021.

Your vote is completely anonymous. Your personal information is only used by the Swiss Embassy London to verify eligibility to vote. Eligible votes are counted securely and independently. Elected candidates will be ratified at the FOSSUK AGM on 19 June.  

Elections Timetable: 

Phase I: Call for candidates
30.11.2021 – 28.02.2021
Candidate eligibility is confirmed by the Swiss Embassy
Full candidate profiles > 

Phase II: Call for votes
20.04.2021 – 20.05.2021

VOTE ONLINE HERE >

Candidate profiles published in Swiss Review UK Regional Pages Issue II 20.04.2021
Votes are counted independently by the OSA Elections Country Representative and elections committee once eligibility has been confirmed by the Swiss Embassy London. 

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

 

Q&A: Your influence as a Swiss Expat

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

On the 3rd of February, we held an online webinar where we heard from the current UK Delegates and OSA's Director, Ariana Rustichelli. 

Download PDF

For any enquiries regarding the voting process, data security or the role of UK Delegates, please email elections@swiss-societies.co.uk and an independent elections representative will respond. 

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 Swiss Community website >