Through an interpellation*, National Councillor, Roland Rino Büchel (SVP/SG), has asked the Federal Council when it intends to conclude a social security insurance agreement with New Zealand.
Swiss, who have paid their social security (AHV/IV) contributions in Switzerland and later emigrate to New Zealand, are financing with their taxes the pension system of their new country of residence.
When they retire, their New Zealand pension is reduced by the amount of the Swiss pension. In other words, they finance the pension system of two countries, but receive only one part of their benefits in terms of their contributions.
Only a social security insurance agreement between the two countries could provide a remedy.
*An interpellation is a parliamentary mechanism by which a request is lodged with the Federal Council to provide information on significant domestic or international events.