Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU
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The implementation of Switzerland’s contribution to the European Union (EU) is progressing well: 100% of the project’s budget for the “EU 10” and for Bulgaria and Romania has been committed
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Partner countries in Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement
CHF 116 million of the enlargement contribution flows into projects for improving public safety in the partner countries
The Swiss enlargement contribution provides CHF 105 million for financing projects that strengthen civil society
CHF 479 million of the enlargement contribution is used for environmental protection projects
Switzerland supports projects with CHF 333 million in its partner countries
Switzerland invests around CHF 180 million in a broad range of social security measures in the partner countries. The focus is on elderly and sick people and youth support
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Project proposal selection and contract awarding procedures
Since 2008, Switzerland has been participating in various projects designed to reduce the economic and social disparities in an enlarged EU, with CHF 1.302 billion
The Swiss contribution is an integral part of Swiss foreign policy on Europe which aims to consolidate Switzerland’s relations with the EU and its member states
The legal basis for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement can be found in the Federal Act of 24 March 2006 on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
On 1 May 2004, the following ten countries became members of the European Union: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Bulgaria and Romania joined three years later. Croatia joined on 1 July 2013, becoming the 28th EU member state
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Switzerland monitors the project selection process in the partner country, examines the tendering process and supervises project implementation
Job vacancies and employment opportunities in Switzerland and abroad
Questions and Answers
Romania, 21.09.2016 – A Swiss-Romanian partnership offers
abandoned children a place they can call home.
Lithuania, 22.08.2016 – Swiss support in Lithuanian maternity wards
shows positive results.
Lebork, 2 June 2016 - The biomass cogeneration plant in Lebork, a
small city in the north of Poland will be officially inaugurated.
A Swiss delegation led by the president of the Swiss National
Council, Christa Markwalder, visited two projects in Hungary that fall
under Switzerland's enlargement contribution.
Information and news from projects in the partner countries,
including results, success stories, events and picture galleries.
An independent evaluation confirms good results with regard to the
implementation of Switzerland’s enlargement contribution on behalf of
the new EU member states.
Croatia and Switzerland sign a bilateral framework agreement and
Malta successfully completes all projects. The 2015 annual report
gives an overview of the latest developments and project results.
Thanks to this programme, more than 500 doctoral and post-doctoral
students could visit Switzerland for a limited period to conduct and
expand their research.
Switzerland promotes the growth of new enterprises through the development of targeted marketing strategies for regional products.
The Swiss contribution enables SMEs in Romania to access secured loans. This enhances their competitiveness and creates jobs.
Switzerland supports selected Hungarian non-governmental organisations in carrying out their own projects.
The Swiss contribution has improved the safety of public transport in Ostrava.
A system of home care raises the quality of life for older people with chronic illnesses or disabilities.
Switzerland has contributed to the renovation of buildings in 22 hospitals in Lithuania, the purchase of new equipment, and the further training of health personnel.
In Slovakia, Switzerland supports ten community centres where courses and help with homework are offered especially to the Roma people.
Switzerland enables Latvia to safely dispose of hazardous waste products left over from the
Using an automatic license-plate recognition system helps prevent tax fraud and smuggling in the context of goods transport in Estonia's seaports.
Switzerland is helping Slovenia with the renovation of buildings and the introduction of
renewable energies for power and heating in more than 40 public buildings.