New EU Member States Division

The SDC's New EU Member States (NMS) Division is responsible, together with the Swiss Enlargement Contribution/Cohesion Section of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), for implementing and providing support for around 300 Swiss enlargement contribution projects. Switzerland contributes to reducing the economic and social disparities in the enlarged European Union (EU). As well as being a gesture of solidarity and responsibility, it is also in Switzerland’s own interest because the projects involved promote a number of partnerships that strengthen Switzerland’s relations with the new EU member states and the EU as a whole. The Swiss contribution is a key instrument in Switzerland’s policy on Europe because it shows the country in a positive light and, among other things, improves Swiss companies’ chances in EU public tenders. Switzerland has contributed CHF 1.302 billion to accomplish the following goals:

  • Improving public safety and security
  • Strengthening civil society
  • Protecting the environment
  • Improving social security
  • Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions