The young european swiss | yes is constantly conducting campaigns and actions in the months and weeks leading up to elections and votes. The aim of this commitment is to sensitise and inform voters and thus pave the way for opening up to Europe. yes actively opposes initiatives and referendums that endanger Switzerland’s relations with the European Union. It also sets its own agenda through activities and events that promote awareness and information among the Swiss population about the advantages a Swiss membership in the EU would bring.
The yes campaigns range from actions on the streets, at railway stations and universities to events such as panel discussions or information events. In addition yes is active on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and informs there and by newsletter about the progress of its campaigns.
“Stop Roaming” campaign
All information about the campaign and the arguments of yes can be found on the campaign website www.stop-roaming.ch. The petition can be signed online by all persons residing in Switzerland.
Institutional framework agreement
yes supports the conclusion of an institutional framework agreement with the EU. With the publication of its new position paper, yes actively participated in the consultation process initiated by the Swiss Federal Council.
Europe Day 9 May
9 May is the day of the historic Schuman Declaration: the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his vision of new European cooperation in Paris. Since then, 9 May has been celebrated as “Europe Day”, and with it we commemorate every year that we live in peace and unity in Europe. Every year, yes celebrates this day with special and varying actions, drawing the public’s attention to the achievements of the European Union.
10 years of Schengen
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the accession of Switzerland to the Schengen Area, yes distributed chocolates on the border between Basel (Switzerland) and Weil am Rhein (Germany) and informed border crossers about the significance of the Schengen Agreement. yes was supported by members of JEF Strasbourg. The action served to prepare for the vote to adopt the EU weapons directive, the rejection of which would have meant Switzerland leaving the Schengen area. Swiss voters adopted the law change, thus confirming the broad support that Schengen enjoys in Switzerland.
Campaign against the so-called “Self-determination” initiative
As a partner organisation of “Schutzfaktor M”, yes actively opposed the dangerous “self-determination” initiative and organised informative gatherings at Swiss universities, helped with flyer campaigns and mobilised voters on social media. The initiative was clearly rejected by Swiss voters.