09/14/2012

Geneva wants no criminals on state commissions

The Geneva State Council decided to ask for the criminal records extract for all candidates for public commissions, but gave an impossible deadline.


As from next month, many public commissions, whose members are named by the Geneva State Council (Conseil d'Etat), are being renewed. One of these is the Consultative Commission for the fight against the harmful effects of air traffic (CCLNTA : Commission Consultative pour la Lutte contre les Nuisances dues au Trafic Aérien), recently rebranded as the Environment Commission. The ARAG committee has proposed to the airport that I be their new representative.

Last Wednesday evening, 12 September, I received an urgent email message from the CCLNTA secretary informing me that the Geneva State Council, in their meeting of 10 September, had ordered that all candidates should submit their Swiss criminal records extract not later than Tuesday 18 September. The message included instructions as to how to request this extract: a form to be filled in and sent, together with a copy of an official identity document, to the federal authorities. The exact text was

Objet : URGENT : candidatures CE - CV + extrait casier judiciaire - délai : 18 septembre 2012
Importance : Haute

 Mesdames les Présidentes, Messieurs les Présidents,

Lors de sa séance extraordinaire du 10 septembre dernier, le Conseil d'Etat a décidé que tous les dossiers des candidats qu'il désignera lui-même au sein des institutions de droit public doivent impérativement être complétés par :

1) un bref CV ;

2) un extrait de casier judiciaire de l'année en cours.

Le dernier délai pour faire parvenir ces documents à la soussignée - par courriel ou fax (No 022 546 54 40) - est fixé au mardi 18 septembre 2012.

OK, I fill in the form, sign it, make identity document copies and get it into the postbox, from where it would be collected the following morning. However, at the end of this automated instruction procedure I saw the following text

If you send the signed order form today (12.09.2012) as first-class post in Switzerland, the estimated date of delivery will be 18. September 2012. An e-mail containing a download link will be sent to the e-mail address which you have provided. To download the electronic criminal records extract you will have to click on the download link and to enter the encryption password which you have received by SMS during the ordering process. If further inquires on our part are necessary, please allow for a longer delivery period.

That means that the estimated delivery will actually be the 19 September, one day after the deadline imposed by the State Council edict. It might be even later if the federal authorities decide that further enquiries are necessary in order to establish if I am not the right sort of person (e.g. a war criminal, a dealer, a banker having sent a CD to the IRS or a despot of some poor third-world country) to sit on the aforesaid commission.

So what will happen if I, or other potential members of the multitude of commissions named by the Geneva State Council, do not get our criminal records extract within the given time limit? How about candidates who might have been absent for a few days, thus not receiving the demand in a feasible time frame?

To me, this is typical of official bodies which feel able to make decisions without knowing or verifying the real world facts. The members of the Geneva State Council should have realised that their deadline was entirely unrealistic for the ensemble of persons for whom it was being imposed.

Of course, if strictly implemented, this could lead to commissions with a smaller number of members, and hence less expense and more rapid decision-taking! This was exactly what was proposed, but rejected by the Geneva electorate, on 17 June of this year!

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Pourquoi s'en émeuvoir? c'est un minimum, non?
faut savoir par ailleurs/par exemple, que le Registre du Commerce de GE (ou VD etc) n'informe pas du tout non plus sur les origines réelles de naturalisés suisses

Posted by: Pierre à feu | 09/14/2012

Je ne comprends pas ce que vous voulez dire. Ma plainte est dirigée contre un Conseil d'Etat qui impose une date limite irréaliste!
Mais j'ai appris un nouveau mot en français (suisse?) qui ne figure pas dans mon dictionnaire Flammarion: émeuvoir:

Posted by: Mike Gerard | 09/14/2012

OK: "émouvoir", pour du bon français

ici, s'agit d'être au courant! et savoir par ex que
les études d'avocats/notaires fondent leur dossiers "prêts-à-l'emploi" aux contrôles LBA (loi contre le blanchiment d'argent),
sur des états-civils de dépositaires de financements, tirés de ces sources...

en clair: un citoyen & finances corrompues par ex. issus d'ex UDSSR (ou de pays du Golfe) peuvent très bien, très facilement, sans autre prétendre être citoyens CH d'origine, via leur extrait du RC affichant leur citoyenneté suisse, d'origine... (ça coûte un peu d'argent, une fortune fiscalisée en CH, aux avocats + un peu de temps: 7 ans min. de résidence en Suisse)

Posted by: Pierre à feu | 09/14/2012

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