Poland – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement

Between 2007 and 2017, Switzerland contributed CHF 464.6 million to the successful implementation of 58 projects in Poland.

© 2014 Natural Earth
2014 Natural Earth

Projects in Poland

Switzerland supports 58 projects in Poland with its EU enlargement contribution

Results in Poland

Switzerland uses its enlargement contribution to promote renewable energies, dispose of waste containing asbestos and help secure the eastern border of the Schengen area

Bilateral Framework Agreement with Poland

Die Schweiz hat mit Polen ein bilaterales Rahmenabkommen abgeschlossen. Sie entscheidet in Absprache mit Polen und unabhängig von der EU, welche Projekte sie unterstützt

Focus Areas

In addition to the thematic focus, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The regions of „Lubelskie", „Malapolskie", „Podkarpackie" and „Swietokrzyskie" are vested with priority. With a per capita gross domestic product lying at approx. 35% of the EU-25 average, these regions boast the lowest development indicators in Poland. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to Poland is to go to the benefit of these regions either directly or indirectly.

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Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017

The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribu-tion. SECO and the SDC have taken stock of the last decade and published the results in their 2017 annual report. The projects have made a significant contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe. Switzerland was also able to use its expertise to make a meaningful contribution to a number of projects.





Infrastructure projects in Poland

Thanks to the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme, 44,000 families now live in asbestos-free houses. Switzerland contributed CHF 115 million to support energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in a total of ten projects. In addition, Switzerland funded measures to improve public transport.




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.



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Transparent framework conditions for Poland’s private sector

Training in areas of financial reporting and auditing

27.08.2009 – Local news

Implementation of accounting and auditing standards

Particularly in times of economic downturn, the existence of transparent framework conditions is crucial to the growth of private enterprise. SECO has thus approved a CHF 10 million project supporting the implementation of the accounting and auditing standards for businesses in Poland.


Implementation of enlargement contribution in Poland

Information board

13.05.2009 – Local news

Switzerland is helping to facilitate access to long-term financing for SMEs in Poland. On 13 May, the Federal Council decided to make CHF 53 million from the enlargement contribution fund available for venture capital investments with a view to enabling job creation in structurally weak regions.

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Publisher DEZA/SECO

The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.





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