Monday , July 26 2021

'Chropfleerete' in parliament, citizens' demonstrations – cost scandals in Geneva continue to cast waves



From more control to resignation of the entire city council: the Geneva Council at the expense of the various demands. Disappeared citizens cover city councils with abuse.

Antonio Fumagalli, Geneva

About a hundred people gathered on Tuesday to express their dissatisfaction with the government's governmental spending habit, which has been naturalized for years. (Picture: Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone)

About a hundred people gathered on Tuesday to express their dissatisfaction with the government's governmental spending habit, which has been naturalized for years. (Picture: Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone)

Not without Symbolism The Geneva Municipal Council temporarily meets in the World Meteorological Organization building. At least from the auditor's court almost two weeks ago The city council's excessive costs have revealed that the climate in Calvina is warming up.

The best proof of this is apparent, first of all, sounding in front of the UN building: about a hundred people gathered on Tuesday to express their dissatisfaction with the costs of municipal administration, which has been naturalized for years. Every member of the city assembly council who enters a temporary parliamentary hall is surrounded and covered with wonders. "Now we have a reputation for the banana republic," the organizer Jérôme Fontan calls the megaphone.

Political disillusionment of the population is precisely because of such jobs ever greater. "Resignation, resignation," cries out a part of the angry crowd and holds a banner in the air. Guillaume Barazzone (cvp.), Whose costs were partially condemned by the Court of Auditors, was wisely arrested long before the start of the session, when most protestors had not yet arrived.

Who pays the money?

Formally, the City Council holds a regular meeting. Actually, even without the rally in front of the entrance, it could not have been awesome. In the style of real "Chloe peasants", dozens of local councilors require right from the beginning, questions are almost exclusively about scandal costs. For example, five city councils have to deal with whether, as Barazzon did, they intend to return money for sometimes excessive phone bills from the public sector.

Like a lawsuit, one standing and denying each other. Equally, the calls were part of the public function and the costs were so high because of the outdated subscription. This is now customized, such a cost explosion is no longer possible.

The City Council is making every effort to make this religion credible to parliamentarians. The audit court report was "meaningful and useful," says Sami Kanaan (SP). The board has learned its lessons, for example, by adjusting cost regulations and has already come into force. From now on, the travel activities of the magistrate will have to be better documented, and costs with a lot of quoted urban credit card will now be more strictly controlled.

Repayment only gives him evidence. In short, "cases of abuse can no longer happen, the public sector can no longer take on private consumption," Kanaan says, while pointing out that the "practically complete" cost to date is justified.

Flood asked

It seems that parliamentarians believe in these noble words only conditional. They formulated no fewer than 29 requests, which the Parliament subsequently expressed in a voice of urgency and, if necessary, negotiated and forwarded them to the commissions.

Almost all attacks are naturally focused on the cost of the affair, and the range of requests is great, no less important because they are not compulsory. The SP demands that the new cost regulations be reviewed by the Finance Commission, the FDP wants to abolish lump sums and accept other costs up to a certain amount only on bills.

Mouvement Citoyens Genevois relies far beyond the window, which has no representative in executive power. Without forgiveness, the party calls for the resignation of the entire City Assembly, as this, despite the various serious claims of the Court of Auditors, is "collective responsibility".

At the time of printing, not all applications were covered. But what has already happened: Over the next few weeks and months, many will try to entrust the commission, so the debate on the scandal for the accident of the wasteland in Switzerland will remain for a while.


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