Please note that the Zürich Networking Group is not affiliated to any political party.
The Zürich Networking Group membership is comprised of a diverse group of people, which reflects the makeup of the city. Many have made Switzerland their new home but may never had the opportunity to meet and discuss local laws or civic issues which may affect them. We have organised an event to start off 2019 with a fresh new start with this in mind.
On the 8th of February, our members will have a chance to learn about topics of interest directly with a representative from one of the political parties: the FDP.
This event is designed to bring people together who are non-Swiss or dual-citizens aged 18 to 90+ to better understand:
- The history of the Swiss political system
- Civic initiatives and how they happen and the way the Swiss vote
- Current topics and possible measures already underway, especially concerning expats
The event will also help those seeking their Swiss citizenship in the near future by learning about the voting options and to know how to vote for their choice.
We believe Swiss dual citzens may also find the evening interesting as an opportunity to meet others and to understand the perspectives of a “non-voter”. We welcome helpful advice based on your own experience to help others to better integrate into Swiss and local Zürich life.
Date: Feb 8th 2019
Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Cost to attend: CHF 0.00 simply register below
Event Location: Karl der Grosse, Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zürich
Directions: Google Map Link
Using Public Transport and walking :
- From Zürich Hauptbahnhof:
Tram 4 (Direction of Tiefenbrunnen) to tram stop Helmhaus, then on foot approx. 2 minutes
Tram 3 (Direction of Klusplatz) or Bus No. 31 (Direction Hegibachplatz) to tram/bus stop Kunsthaus, on foot approx. 6 minutes
- From Stadelhofen Station:
Directions for walking from the station c. 7 Minutes
- Close to the Karl der Grosse is the Hohe Promenadean car park in Rämistrasse (near Bellevue and a 5-minute walk away). Alternatively, you have the option to park in the Opera Car Park or the one at Urania. Additional parking can be found also at Obergericht.
- To drive close to the Karl der Grosse, you may need a permit Rechts der Limmat (C1) which can be purchased here. Disabled drivers please check parking availability nearby.
18:15 – Arrive and register. Collect a welcome drink and be seated.
18:30 – Introduction to the evening activities
18:45 – Round Table Sessions Start
- Timed rotational mini-sessions facilitated by a FDP party member at each table
- Quick-fire question and answer session format to gather topics “from the floor”
- At the end of each session, the FDP representative may address one or two points before moving to another table to enable participants to meet more than one FDP representative
19:30 – Quick refreshment break enabling all questions to be grouped and common topics collated
19:45 – FDP Presentation and overview led by:
Urs is well known in Zürich`s political circles and was a former CEO of Swisscontact and Professor at BFH in Bern.
Today he is in charge of the offices of the FDP Canton of Zürich and all local party matters. When not involved in politics, he is active with his own business H+U Egger Consulting GmbH, which has a focus on international project work.
Hans-Jakob has been the president of the FDP Kanton Zürich since 2016 and is also a member of the cantonal parliament.
When not being a politician, Hans-Jakob works as an economist for Swiss Life.
Topics to be covered in the FDP Presentation will include:
- A brief history of Swiss politics and party origins
- How to vote with a short video in English
- Snap feedback on popular topics raised in the room
- The future and FDP plans for expats
- Opportunity to receive an invitation for a follow-up Zürich Networking Group session
20:45 – Evening Apéro
21:30 – Wrap up and end of event
(Those who want to continue networking can meet in the restaurant area of Karl de Grosse after the event or continue in the room until close).