Between 2009 and 2019, Switzerland contributed CHF 76 million to the successful implementation of nine projects and six thematic funds in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
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|Embassy with Cooperation Office|
|Embassy with Regional consular center|
|Swiss Business Hub|
|Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:|
|Switzerland’s contribution:||76 mio CHF(2009-2019)|
|EU-Funds:||6,8 bn Euro (2007-2013)
7,6 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||110 994 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||3.6%|
|Swiss exports to Bulgaria:||391.2 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from Bulgaria:||309.7 mio CHF|
|Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:||49%|
|Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (june 2018)|
Increase the integrity of prosecutors and prosecuting the new challenges in oganized crime
Counteraction to crimes related to motor vehicle trafficking
Increase of the control and the respect of the rules set out in the legislation protecting the environment and risk management
Capacity building of forensic experts
Strengthening the legal and institutional capacity of the judical system in the field of juvenile justice
Strengthening youth protection and juvenile delinquency prevention
Prevention of thb and the identification, protection, support, return & reintegration of victims of trafficking
Strengthening human-rights based policing
Overcoming institutional capacity gaps to counter corruption and organized crime
Thematic fund security
Boosting research in ten EU member states
Better Quality of Life for Roma Communities in Bulgaria
Europe has appealed for international action against trafficking in humans on 18 October every year since 2007. Switzerland is also committed to the fight against human trafficking through its enlargement contribution. It is supporting Bulgaria and Romania with their efforts aimed at prevention, victim protection, reintegration and improving criminal prosecution.
Most of the trams in the Bulgarian capital Sofia date back to Soviet times and so need replacing. As Basel is renewing its fleet of trams, the Basel transport operators have 28 modern and well maintained trams that are no longer needed. The cost of sending these trams to Bulgaria is being met by the enlargement contribution.
The closing ceremony of the Sciex scholarship programme was held on 25 September 2015. 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.
Federal Council opens consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
17.12.2014 Press release
The Federal Council has opened the consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe (Eastern Europe Cooperation Act). The current act is still valid until the end of May 2017. A timely prolongation should enable the seamless continuation of cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The consultation will last until 31 March 2015.
In December 2014, Switzerland will end the first phase of support for Bulgaria and Romania as part of its enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. In the period from 2009 to 2014 clear objectives for these two states were defined. To achieve them, Switzerland selected 28 specific projects and 13 thematic funds comprising numerous individual projects. All of these projects are due to be implemented by 2019. The SDC and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) are responsible for implementing this support on behalf of Switzerland.
08.12.2014 Press release
The commitment period of the enlargement contribution for Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, ended on 7 December. In all, 13 thematic funds and 28 projects totalling CHF 257 million were approved. The Swiss commitment aims to eradicate social and economic disparities in the enlarged European Union (EU).
27.03.2014 Press release
5 Bulgarian projects from excellent young researchers selected for financing
06.01.2014 Press release
31.05.2013 Press release
More than 200 projects are now being implemented as part of the enlargement contribution. At the annual conference of Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe on 31 May 2013 in Bern, government representatives and experts from Switzerland and abroad discussed the importance and the impact of these projects. About 750 people took part in the annual conference in the Hotel National, an exceptionally high turnout.
07.09.2010 Local news
Bern, 07.09.2010 - The president of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, the Bulgarian Minister for EU Funds Management Tomislav Donchev, and the Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi, signed the bilateral framework agreements with Bulgaria and Romania on September 7, 2010. The agreements stipulate the content and implementation of the Swiss enlargement contribution to those countries. First projects will presumably be selected and implemented towards the end of 2010.
Contribution à l’élargissement: le Conseil fédéral a approuvé les accords-cadres bilatéraux avec la Bulgarie et la Roumanie
Lors de sa séance du 23 juin 2010, le Conseil fédéral a approuvé les accords-cadres bilatéraux avec la Bulgarie et la Roumanie et décidé de procéder à leur signature. Ces accords régissent le contenu et la mise en œuvre de la contribution suisse à l’élargissement en faveur de ces deux pays. Les premiers projets pourront sans doute être sélectionnés et réalisés dès fin 2010.
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The voice of Roma educators
Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.