Swiss to vote on streaming tax, European border agency


A Netflix logo is shown on a TV screen ahead of a Swiss vote on a referendum called "Lex Netflix" in this illustration taken May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Illustration

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss voters decide on Sunday whether to make global video streaming services support Swiss filmmakers and on spending more money on Europe's Frontex border security agency in a referendum that will test ties with the European Union.

In the binding referendum on what is being called "Lex Netflix", voters will say whether international streaming services must invest 4% of the revenue they make in Switzerland in local film production, as domestic broadcasters now do. In addition, 30% of streaming services' content would have to consist of films or series produced in Europe.

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