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Parliamentary Group “Rock/Pop in the Federal Palace”


In autumn 2013, SVP/UDC National Councillor Felix Müri and SP/PS State Councillor Anita Fetz founded the Parliamentary Group “Rock/Pop in the Federal Palace” in the presence of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Music Promoters Association (SMPA).


Support across party lines

The industry is facing rising costs and increasing regulation. “As the organiser of the Supermoto motorcycle race on the Emmen military airfield, I am familiar with these and other concerns”, says National Councillor and concert fan Felix Müri. As the initiator of the Parliamentary Group “Rock/pop in the Federal Palace”, he wishes to ensure that organisers are given the opportunity to express their views effectively, at national level, on the many relevant issues. To co-chair the Group, Felix Müri recruited SP/PS State Councillor Anita Fetz who says: “The rock and pop music scene has much to contribute to the economy. Local and regional companies benefit from the industry’s direct and indirect creation of value. SMPA events across the country presently account for no less than CHF 358 million per year in turnover”.


SMPA, a competent partner on music- and events-related issues

The Swiss political spectrum is not only reflected in the presidency of the Group: the members of the Parliamentary Group represent practically all the country’s political parties and geographical regions. The Parliamentary Group does not intend to confine its work to pop and rock events; it aims to concern itself with popular culture in general, which has few boundaries of style. For its part, the SMPA can offer the Group and its members know-how and competence in many music- and events-related areas (copyright, withholding tax, security, grey/black ticketing market, vocational training, event sponsoring by the tobacco and spirits industry, etc.) extending well beyond the live entertainment industry. The Association has proven this in the past, in particular through its active contribution to the preparation and implementation of the Noise and Laser Ordinance, a regulation internationally regarded as exemplary. 


Members Parliamentary Group “Rock/Pop in the Federal Palace”

Federal Counsellor Cassis Ignazio FDP TI
State Councillor Abate Fabio FDP TI
National Councillor Addor Jean-Luc SVP VS
National Councillor Aebischer Matthias SP BE
National Councillor Aeschi Thomas SVP ZG
National Councillor Allemann Evi SP BE
National Councillor Amaudruz  Céline                     SVP GE
National Councillor Amherd Viola CVP VS
National Councillor Amstutz Adrian SVP BE
National Councillor Barazzone Guillaume CVP GE
National Councillor Bäumle Martin GLP ZH
National Councillor Borloz Frédéric FDP VD
National Councillor Brunner Toni SVP SG
National Councillor Buttet Yannick CVP VS
National Councillor Candinas Martin CVP GR
State Councillor Caroni Andrea FDP A.Rh.
National Councillor Clottu Raymond SVP NE
State Councillor Comte Raphaël FDP NE
National Councillor de Buman Dominique CVP FR
National Councillor de Courten Thomas SVP BL
National Councillor Derder Fathi RL VD
National Councillor Egloff Hans SVP ZH
National Councillor Fässler Daniel CVP AI
National Councillor Feller Olivier FDP VD
National Councillor Feri Yvonne SP AG
State Councillor Fetz Anita SP BS
National Councillor Flückiger-Bäni Sylvia SVP AG
National Councillor Frehner Sebastian SVP BS
National Councillor Friedl Claudia SP SG
National Councillor Geissbühler Andrea Martina SVP BE
National Councillor Glanzmann-Hunkeler Ida CVP LU
National Councillor Glauser-Zufferey Alice SVP VD
National Councillor Graf Maya GPS BL
National Councillor Graf-Litscher Edith SP TG
National Councillor Grossen Jürg GLP BE
National Councillor Grüter Franz SVP LU
National Councillor Gschwind Jean-Paul CVP JU
State Councillor Häberli-Koller Brigitte CVP TG
National Councillor Hadorn Philipp SP SO
National Councillor Hardegger Thomas SP ZH
National Councillor Heer Alfred SVP ZH
State Councillor Hegglin Peter CVP ZG
National Councillor Herzog Verena SVP TG
National Councillor Hiltpold Hugues FDP GE
State Councillor Janiak Claude SP BL
National Councillor Jans Beat SP BS
National Councillor Jauslin Matthias Samuel FDP AG
State Councillor Jositsch Daniel SP ZH
National Councillor Keller Peter SVP NW
National Councillor Keller-Inhelder Barbara SVP SG
National Councillor Kiener Nellen Margret SP BE
National Councillor Landolt Martin BDP GL
National Councillor Leutenegger Oberholzer Susanne SP BL
State Councillor Levrat Christian SP FR
State Councillor Luginbühl Werner BDP BE
National Councillor Markwalder Christa FDP BE
State Councillor Maury Pasquier Liliane SP GE
National Councillor Moret Isabelle FDP VD
National Councillor Moser Tiana Angelina GLP ZH
State Councillor Müller Damian FDP LU
National Councillor Müller-Altermatt Stefan CVP SO
National Councillor Müri Felix SVP LU
National Councillor Nantermod Philippe FDP VS
National Councillor Nidegger Yves SVP GE
National Councillor Pieren Nadja SVP BE
National Councillor Piller Carrard Valérie SP FR
National Councillor Quadranti Rosmarie BDP ZH
National Councillor Reimann Lukas SVP SG
National Councillor Rickli Natalie SVP ZH
National Councillor Riklin Kathy CVP ZH
National Councillor Romano Marco CVP TI
National Councillor Rösti Albert SVP BE
National Councillor Ruiz Rebecca SP VD
National Councillor Ruppen Franz SVP VS
National Councillor Rutz Gregor A. SVP ZH
National Councillor Schilliger Peter FDP LU
National Councillor Schneeberger Daniela FDP BL
National Councillor Schneider-Schneiter Elisabeth CVP BS
National Councillor Semadeni Silva SP GR
National Councillor Sollberger Sandra SVP BL
National Councillor Sommaruga Carlo SP GE
National Councillor Stahl Jürg SVP ZH
National Councillor Stamm Luzi SVP AG
National Councillor Steiert Jean-François SP FR
National Councillor Streiff-Feller Marianne EVP BE
National Councillor Tschäppät Alexander SP BE
National Councillor Vitali Albert FDP LU
National Councillor Vogler Karl CSP OW
National Councillor Vogt Hans-Ueli SVP ZH
National Councillor Walliser Bruno SVP ZH
National Councillor Wasserfallen Christian FDP BE
National Councillor Weibel Thomas GLP ZH
National Councillor Wermuth Cédric SP AG
State Councillor Wicki Hans FDP NW


Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Group "Rock-/Pop in the Federal Palace":

State Councillor  Fetz Anita (SP/PS BS)

National Councillor Müri Felix (SVP/UDC LU)


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