In 2008, in addition to the traditional federal youth session, a one-day session was held during the summer and autumn sessions of parliament. Moreover, one of these "small" sessions had already taken place in winter 2007. The aim of this pilot project was to bring the voice of youth closer to real politics and to make the youth session more visible on the political agenda. Also in 2008, the first "Prix Jeunesse" was awarded, a prize to a person "who is particularly committed to the concerns of young people". The Prix Jeunesse aims to recognise politicians and others for their commitment to youth causes - and to encourage them to (continue to) engage in youth causes." The 2008 prize winner was Pascale Bruderer. The reopening of the parliament building took place at the same time as the federal youth session. As a result, the interested public was able to observe 200 politically interested young people in their debates in the National Council chamber on Sunday. They discussed equal pay, internet bullying, neutrality, research on humans and alcohol consumption. In 2008, on the occasion of the federal youth session, the young people called on the federal government to "draft a bill that obliges political parties as well as committees to disclose their finances, especially donations from legal entities." For this reason, the Youth Session supports the "Transparency Initiative" launched in 2016, which has the same content as the demand eight years earlier.
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