Will Switzerland leave the Schengen area? Sunday’s referendum would

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The Swiss will go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether international streaming platforms (like Netflix) should support the country’s directors and whether they agree to spend more money on the European border security agency Frontex in a referendum that will test ties with the European Union.

Specifically, voters will say whether international streaming services should invest 4% of their revenue in Switzerland in local film production, as domestic broadcasters now do, SpotMedia reports, quoting Reuters.

In addition, 30% of the content of streaming services should consist of movies or series produced in Europe.

Opponents say the film’s law, called “Lex Netflix,” backed by the government and parliament, could reduce the supply of global content and cause streaming service owners to raise prices.

“We have the utmost respect for the democratic decisions of the Swiss people and we will wait for the result of the referendum,” a Netflix spokesman said.

Also, if voters agree to increase Switzerland’s contribution to the expansion of Frontex, the Swiss would pay 61 million Swiss francs ($ 61.5 million) a year by 2027, compared to 24 million in 2021, the government estimates .

If the measure fails, Switzerland could be forced out of the 26-member Schengen area and the Dublin system for coordinating asylum applications.

“I would very much regret Switzerland’s decision to leave Schengen. But Schengen membership is based on an international agreement. And if Switzerland decides not to meet its obligations under this agreement, there must be consequences, “said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

A gfs.bern poll showed 69% of Swiss are in favor of Frontex funding and 25% against. The law of the film has the support of 56% of citizens, while 41% are against.

The poll conducted on 6,315 eligible voters at the end of April had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

Voters will also decide in the referendum whether to facilitate organ harvesting for transplants, which is also expected to go to the polls.