The Swiss contribution to Lithuania amounts to CHF 71 million. Between now and 2017, 8 projects designed to reduce economic and social disparities in Lithuania are implemented. A Swiss contribution office has been etablished in Riga for the purpose of working closely on project implementation with the national coordination unit within the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance.
Lithuania – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
Mission / Delegation / Permanent Representation
Embassy with Regional consular center
Swiss Business Hub
Swissnex Programme Office
Contribution Office Embassy (International Cooperation Division)
|Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:|
|Switzerland’s contribution:||71 mio CHF (2007-2012)|
|EU-Funds||6,9 bn Euro (2007-2013)
6,8 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||65 000 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||1.6%|
|Swiss exports to Lithuania:||138.3 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from Lithuania:||106.6 mio CHF|
|Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:||74%|
|Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (april 2016)|
Swiss Enlargement Contribution Annual Report 2015
The annual report contains an overview of concrete results and the status of project implementation. Over 500 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from the new EU member states received scholarships in 2015 to do research in Switzerland. Bulgaria introduced legislation that provides for outpatient care based on the Swiss Spitex model, and Slovenia halved the heating and electricity bills of schools through energy efficiency renovations and renewable energies.
Evaluation: Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union
Evaluation Report on the Swiss Contribution 2015: Key points in brief
An independent evaluation has confirmed the federal authorities have achieved good results in implementing Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. This report summarises the key findings of the evaluation and outlines the progress and achievements of the Swiss contribution.
The Swiss Enlargement Contribution
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs present an interim balance sheet on the first five years since the approval of the Enlargement Contribution to the new 10 EU-Member States. The projects are to be implemented within another five year period, i.e., by 2017.
EU enlargement contribution for Lithuania
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 4
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 1
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 2
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 3
Boosting research in ten EU member states
Lithuanian "Tafel" works together with Swiss Counterpart
NGO fund in twelve EU member states
Thanks to Swiss support, conditions for newborns and mothers in Lithuania have improved greatly. The infant mortality rate has dropped sharply since the nineties. With its enlargement contribution, Switzerland finances modern medical equipment, energy-efficient renovations and further training in healthcare in 27 hospitals.
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.
State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch travelled to the Baltic states from 18 to 22 May. Her itinerary included three projects that Switzerland is supporting through its enlargement contribution.
Federal Council opens consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
17.12.2014 Media 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.
30.04.2014 Media release
18.03.2014 Media release
Switzerland is supporting a sustainable energy policy in six partner countries with around CHF 190 million from its enlargement contribution. In Estonia, for example, the contribution is being used to make the design of three preschools and a home for the elderly more energy efficient. Four Estonian communities showcased their building projects on 14 March 2014. In February 2014, Switzerland approved a project to institutionalise the energy city label in Romania.
10.03.2014 Media release
A Lithuanian non-profit organisation in cooperation with the "Schweizer Tafel" feeds the poor and fights against food waste
16.01.2014 Media release
Swiss - Lithuanian Health Programme
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter travelled to Lithuania and Latvia from 29 July to 1 August for working meetings. Among other stops on his schedule, he visited two projects supported by Switzerland as part of its enlargement contribution.
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter to visit the Baltic countries to deepen bilateral relations and discuss relations with the European Union
29.07.2013 Media release
From 29 July to 1 August, Mr Burkhalter, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will pay an official working visit to Lithuania and then to Latvia. He will make the traditional 1 August speech to mark Switzerland's national day in Riga. The main aims of this official working visit are to deepen bilateral relations, to discuss the importance of relations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) and to present Switzerland's priorities for its chairmanship of the OSCE in 2014. Mr Burkhalter will also visit a number of projects that are part of the Swiss enlargement contribution. This contribution is a key element in the bilateral relationships between Switzerland and each of these two countries.
31.05.2013 Media 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.
21.12.2011 Local news
On 20 December 2011, Switzerland and Lithuania signed two project agreements to improve the provision of health care to mothers and children in Lithuania. Switzerland is contributing a total of CHF 45.6 million to the two projects.
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