Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia
Switzerland and Serbia have been long-standing partners since 1991 with the Swiss financial support of 350 million Euro. Switzerland is among the most important bilateral donors. Serbia will remain a priority country for the Swiss Cooperation in Eastern Europe for the next years as well. The Cooperation Office is part of the Swiss Embassy and the Cooperation Program is jointly implemented by various Swiss federal institutions:
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a division of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), a division of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), a division of the Swiss Federal Department for Justice and Police
The Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Serbia 2018 – 2021 with a total budget of approximately 95 million Euro is rooted in a spirit of partnership and mutual accountability. Building on Switzerland’s long term presence in the country and earlier accomplishments, its overall goal is to contribute to efficient and effective democratic institutions and processes as well as inclusive and sustainable growth by supporting Serbia’s reforms and path to European integration for the benefit of all citizens.
It focuses on three domains of interventions which are:
Economic Development and Employment
Sustainable Energy and Resilient Cities.
Switzerland is the leading donor in the Sector Working Group Human Resources and Social Development. In 2009, Serbia and Switzerland signed a Migration Partnership to strengthen the capacities to deal with the challenges of migration. The financial support for the period 2016-2019 amounts to 2 million Euro.
Switzerland’s cooperation is guided by the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation aiming to secure ownership for the joint endeavors among the national partners to achieve a well-coordinated and efficient cooperation with other donor agencies.
Ursula Läubli is the Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia, her Deputy is Priska Depnering.