Parliamentary representatives from ten cantons, federal states and countries in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein have unanimously revised the status of the Parlamentarische Bodenseekonferenz. The news was revealed in a statement from the cantonal council of Zurich, which currently holds the chairmanship.
They want more powers to shape plans, including with help from permanent delegations. These are expected to replace the so far rotating representative offices of the countries and cantons. According to the statement, this will facilitate more commitment and concrete contacts on site.
In addition, more strong working groups will support the projects. Meanwhile, ensuring more continuity will be a steering committee composed of the committees of the current, past and future host country. Lastly, there will be a new definition of the relationship of the Parliamentary Conference to the Internationale Bodensee Konferenz IBK. The committees want to work together more effectively in other words, to coordinate more closely and make more binding decisions. To this end, a coordination article will be included in the IBK Statute.
The new steering committees first task will be a unified radio frequency range for boats on Lake Constance.
In 2016, Rolf Steiner (SP/Dietikon), president of the Zurich cantonal council, is chairman of the Parlamentarische Bodenseekonferenz. Liechtenstein will preside over it next year with Landtag president Albert Frick.