The National decides to triple taxes for foreigners in the EPF

The National decides to triple taxes for foreigners in the EPF
The National decides to triple taxes for foreigners in the EPF

The National Council decided this Wednesday to triple tuition fees for foreign students in the federal polytechnic schools of Lausanne and Zurich. This proposal from the majority of the Commission on Science, Education and Culture of the National Council was wanted by the bourgeois parties to compensate for the reduction of 100 million francs proposed by the Federal Council in 2025.

The ecologist Fabien Fivaz (V/NE) opposed this, believing that it would reduce the attractiveness of our higher education institutions and a risk of “provincialization” of Switzerland. Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, in charge of training, was not in favor either because of the autonomy of these schools. But the plenum followed the commission by 120 votes to 70.

For example, for the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, the annual fee should increase from 1560 francs to 4680 francs. The committee’s rapporteur, Marie-France Roth Pasquier (C/FR), clarified that even with a tripling of taxes, Switzerland remained below tuition fees compared to other countries. The National, however, refused a proposal from the UDC, which wanted to quintuple the tax or another which wanted to impose it on all higher education institutions.

That said, the cut of 100 million francs in the EPF, wanted by the Federal Council for 2025, was finally refused by the National… The debate continues on Wednesday on this subject – the message to encourage training, research and innovation (FRI) 2025-2028 — which must then pass to the Council of States.

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