Hungary – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
Local Website with information about Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement: www.swiss-contribution.admin.ch/hungary
The Swiss contribution to Hungary amounts to CHF 131 million. Between now and 2017, 39 projects designed to reduce economic and social disparities in Hungary will be implemented. A minimum of 40% of the funding will be allocated to structurally weak regions in eastern and northern Hungary. A Swiss Contribution Office has been etablished in Budapest for the purpose of working closely on project implementation with the National Coordination Unit (NCU) within the Hungarian Ministry of National Development.
Areas of Activities
Security, stability and support for reforms
Regional development initiatives in peripheral or disadvantaged regions shall support municipalities, create revenues and strengthen decentralised structures. To this end, specific projects in the field of education, social services as well as in the tourism sector will be financed. In addition, enhanced flood protection and flood management in the upper Tisza River area of Hungary will be supported. Finally, energy consumption is to be reduced in immigration centres and police stations. Hungarian court buildings are set to receive modern IT equipment, metal detectors and x-ray scanners.
Environment and infrastructure
The rehabilitation and modernisation of basic infrastructure and the improvement of the environment constitute the focus of this activity area. On the one hand, in order to increase living standards and to encourage sustainable economic development, improved water supply systems on municipal level will be promoted. On the other hand, Switzerland will provide support for upgrading environmental monitoring systems, among others by supplying up-to-date environmental measuring equipment. In addition, nature protection measures as well as cross-border environmental initiatives will be funded.
Promotion of the private sector
In order to promote employment creation, the access to financing for SMEs and the institutional business environment shall be improved. To this end, Switzerland will support equity participation in local financial intermediaries. Additional funds will be provided to support export-oriented Hungarian SMEs, particularly in the field of tourism.
Human and social development
In order to strengthen health and social services, Switzerland will promote projects contributing to improved disease prevention, family health care and health promotion measures. Needs of vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and socially marginalised groups, primarily in the geographic focus regions, are particularly taken into account. Furthermore, in order to strengthen the scientific potential and applied research, Switzerland will grant scholarships, promote joint research projects and finance exchange programmes.
Additional funds will be provided for initiatives of the civil society contributing to social service provision as well as to environmental concerns.
In addition to the thematic focus indicated below, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The regions „Northern Hungary“ and „Northern Great Plain“ are vested with priority. With a per capita gross domestic product lying at approx. 35% of the EU-25 average, these regions boast the lowest development indicators in Hungary. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to Hungary is to go to the benefit of these regions either directly or indirectly.
Project selection and contract award procedures
General information regarding project selection and contract award procedures in the ten partner countries:
Information regarding project selection and contract award procedures in Hungary in English and Hungarian:
more (Website of the Swiss contribution office in Budapest)
Calls for project proposals in English and/or Hungarian:
more (Website of the Hungarian NCU)
The bilateral Framework Agreement with Hungary
The Framework (core) Agreement basically sets down the objectives of the contribution, its amount, the form, and the utilization of the financial support, together with the key stipulations on the contribution's implementation which are more specifically detailed in the Annexes.
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Annex 1 of the Framework Agreement contains the principles upon which cooperation is based, describes the main strategic guidelines in implementing the contribution, and specifies the geographic and thematic focuses.
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Annex 2 defines the practical rules and procedures agreed upon, i.e., the procedures for project submission, project approval, project implementation, payment, controlling, and audits – all are described in detail along with specification of the respective responsibilities.
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Finally, Annex 3 contains the procedures for the special financing facilities such as the so-called Block Grants, the Project-Preparation Facility, the Technical Assistance Fund, and the Scholarship Fund.
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The Project Preparation Facility Agreement with Hungary
The Project Preparation Facility (PPF) Agreement shall be used for the elaboration of the documentation for the Final Project Proposals resulting from Project Outlines approved by Switzerland. The
PPF Agreement between Switzerland and Hungary has been signed on 1st May 2009 in Budapest.
PPF Agreement with Hungary
|Key figures about Hungary
Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (april 2013)
Swiss embassy in Hungary
Additional Information and DocumentsDocuments
- Further research fellowships in ten EU member states
- Water supply in Hungary
- NGO fund in eleven EU member states
- Research funds in five EU member states
- Partnership funds in the new EU member states
- Flood prevention in Hungary
Articles and Press releases
- Six infrastructure projects in Hungary approved
- Switzerland supports Hungary’s fight against the serious threat of floods
- Hungary: Risk capital fund to support SMEs
- Erweiterungsbeitrag in Ungarn: Die ersten Infrastrukturprojekte stehen vor der Türe
- Erweiterungsbeitrag: Überblick zu Forschungsprojekten
- Erweiterungsbeitrag in Ungarn: Projektausschreibungen im Umfang von rund 38 Millionen Schweizer Franken lanciert
- Schweizer Erweiterungsbeitrag in Ungarn: Erste Projektausschreibungen lanciert