Tunnels, taxes and tough on foreign criminals

Voters decided on four separate issues in the nationwide ballots on February 28, 2016. A rightwing initiative to enforce the deportation of convicted foreigners; a leftwing proposal to ban financial speculation with foodstuffs; a centrist plan to introduce tax breaks for families; and environmental groups were challenging a decision to build another road tunnel through the central Swiss Alps.

Latest news
Overall, CHF 1.2 million were raised for a publicity campaign against the so-called enforcement initiative.
Show more
Enforcement of deportation initiative
Part of the prison at Zurich airport, whose departments include pretrial detention, corrections and detention pending deportation
Opponents of the implementation initiative fear that the automatic deportation of foreign criminals will override the principle of proportionality
Show more
Second Gotthard road tunnel
Road safety was one of the main arguments for a second tube through the Gotthard in the central Swiss Alps
The Gotthard road tunnel opened for traffic in 1980. It has only one lane in each direction
Show more
Tax breaks for married couples
No change in the law on the taxation – or gender description – of a married couple
The marital status of a couple must not be discriminatory according to the proponents of the initiative 
Show more
Banning speculation with food commodities
Switzerland is the European hub for several multinational commodity firms
Access to basic foodstuffs is a difficult problem for developing countries 
Show more

About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the February 28, 2016 ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in several cantons and communes across the country.

It was the first in a series of up to four nationwide ballots this year.