In a referendum, the majority of Swiss people are in favor of changing the organ donation regulations. Citizens decide on other issues: Switzerland should support Frontex more and streaming services such as Netflix should be asked to pay.
The Swiss voted with a clear majority for a radical change in organ donation: In the future, every person in Switzerland will be considered a potential organ donor who has not expressly rejected this during their lifetime. The government wants to change the transplantation law accordingly and received 59 percent approval in the referendum according to initial projections by the survey institute gfs.bern.
In Germany, according to a report by the Federal Agency for Civic Education in 2018, there were just under 1000 organ donors for every 10,000 patients who needed an organ donation. The opt-out solution already applies in numerous European countries, including France, Ireland, Italy, Austria and Spain.
The other national proposals also got through in the referendum: according to the projections, there was 72 percent approval for increasing the Swiss contribution to the European Agency for the Border and Coast Guard (Frontex). The country is part of the Schengen area, in which border controls have largely been abolished, and thus benefits from the protection of the EU's external borders. Left-wing opponents had argued that Frontex had to be abolished because, in their opinion, it kept people in need of protection out of the Schengen area.
Streaming services such as Netflix and foreign television stations with Swiss advertising windows will also have to invest four percent of their Swiss sales in Swiss productions in the future. According to the extrapolation, approval for this was 58 percent. That should bring 18 million francs (17.3 million euros) for domestic filmmaking. In addition, streaming services will have to offer 30 percent European films or series in the future. A similar quota has long applied to television stations. The EU has similar rules.