Geneva 5G moratorium: cantonal law repealed

Monday 26 April 2021

Swisscom, Sunrise UPC win legal battle over 5G moratorium in Geneva

The constitutional chamber of the canton of Geneva has repealed the cantonal law imposing a moratorium on the expansion of 5G mobile networks, business news agency awp Finanznachrichten reports. The court found the law to be contrary to higher law.

Justice overturns tightened Geneva 5G moratorium



Bern (awp / sda) – The constitutional chamber in Geneva has repealed the cantonal law with an increased moratorium on the expansion of the 5G mobile network. The court found the law to be contrary to higher law. The Grand Council passed the law in 2020.

The three mobile phone providers Swisscom, Sunrise and UPC thus won the legal dispute, as “Le Temps” reported on Wednesday. The judgment is available to the Keystone-SDA news agency. The canton parliament wanted to prevent the expansion of the mobile network for three years by changing the building legislation.

The law made a building permit mandatory for all changes to cell phone systems. This adjustment tightened the canton’s 5G moratorium passed in 2019, which bans new antennas.

In the judgment passed on April 15, the Chamber justified its decision as regards to violations of federal law. With the law on the protection of the population against harmful radiation, the federal government is responsible for setting limit values. In addition, the building law prevents providers from fulfilling their supply mandate laid down by federal law.

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