The visit of the Slovak minister of foreign affairs on 9 January 2014 is an opportunity for the SDC to highlight the cooperation projects supported by Switzerland in Slovakia.Through its enlargement contribution, to which the SDC and SECO both contribute, Switzerland is helping to reduce economic and social disparities in the enlarged European Union. In total, 210 projects are to be realised across the EU10 with a global Swiss contribution of CHF 950 million. A further CHF 257 million has been made available to Bulgaria and Romania.
In all, Swiss aid to the Slovak Republic amounts to CHF 67 million. Almost 40% of this sum is allocated to eastern Slovakia (Prešov and Košice). Indeed, the development indicators in this region are the lowest in the country, with per capita GDP barely reaching 35% of the EU average.
Below are five examples of projects supported by Switzerland: