What is a direct counter-proposal or an indirect counter-proposal to a popular initiative?
When a committee launches a popular initiative, Parliament can submit a counter-proposal to the initiative.
Parliament and the Federal Council can submit a counter-proposal to propose an alternative to an initiative.
There are two types of counter-proposal:
• The direct counter-proposal: Parliament proposes a different constitutional article in response to an initiative. If the initiative committee does not withdraw its initiative, the counter-proposal is put to the vote at the same time as the popular initiative at issue.
• The indirect counter-proposal: In response to the initiative, Parliament does not propose an amendment to the Constitution, but an amendment to the act in question, or even a new act. An indirect counter-proposal allows the authorities to propose an alternative without directly amending the Constitution. If the initiative committee does not withdraw its initiative, the indirect counter-proposal enters into force in the event that the initiative is rejected.
Swiss parliament - Lexicon of parliamentary terms: Federal Act