Industry representatives vote yes to the No Billag initiative

The Chamber of Commerce, the parliament of the Swiss Trade Association (SGV), has voted in favour of the No Billag initiative. The chamber made the decision on Wednesday with a vote ratio of 2:1, as the association announced.

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The trade association is particularly annoyed by the "double taxation" of companies, as it wrote. Entrepreneurs would have to pay the "media tax" twice, as a private person and as a company owner.

"The industry does not accept this rip-off," SGV President Jean-François Rime was quoted as saying in the press release. In the communiqué, the association referred to its repeated call for a discussion on the SRG's mission in the public service. Without this discussion, politics could not be made.

Criticism of new levy

The sgv had already been critical of the Federal Council's decision a week ago to set the compulsory tax for radio and TV at CHF 365 a year for all households and certain companies from 2019. Even then, it called for all companies to be exempted from the "arbitrary media tax".

Although companies would not be able to listen to the radio or watch television, with the new regulation they would have to pay a levy graduated according to turnover, but only above a turnover threshold of CHF 500,000. The highest level is 35,530 francs.

The popular initiative "Yes to the abolition of radio and television licence fees (abolition of Billag fees)" will be put to the vote on 4 March 2018. (SDA)

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