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

Between 2007 and 2017, Switzerland contributed CHF 124.2 million to the successful implementation of 39 projects in Hungary.

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Projects in Hungary

Switzerland supports 39 projects in Hungary with its EU enlargement contribution

Results in Hungary

Switzerland uses its enlargement contribution to create jobs by taking part in a venture capital fund, extend the drinking-water supply and improve flood protection

Bilateral Framework Agreement with Hungary

Switzerland has concluded a bilateral framework agreement with Hungary. Switzerland decides in consultation with Hungary and independently of the EU which projects it will support

Focus area

In addition to the thematic focus indicated below, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The regions «Northern Hungary» and «Northern Great Plain» are vested with priority. With a per capita gross domestic product lying at approx. 42% of the EU-27 average, these regions boast the lowest development indicators in Hungary. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to Hungary 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.

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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Projects promoting social inclusion of the Roma people and other disadvantaged groups in four EU member states

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Six infrastructure projects in Hungary approved

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29.10.2010 – Local news

Switzerland is contributing 35.67 million Swiss francs toward six infrastructure projects in Hungary. Four of the projects focus on improving the water supply and water quality. The other two projects entail measures designed to assist environmental monitoring, amongst other things by supplying modern measurement equipment.

Switzerland supports Hungary’s fight against the serious threat of floods

Workers secure the banks of the River Tisza against flooding.

08.06.2010 – Press release

Hungary is getting prepared to face a major risk of flooding in the north of the country. The Danube and the Tisza are threatening to overflow their banks towards the middle of next week. To cope with this threat, the Hungarian government has requested the aid of its European partners. Switzerland will deliver 500,000 bags of sand and dispatch to the site three experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit.

Hungary: Risk capital fund to support SMEs


31.03.2010 – Local news

On 30.3.2010 President of the Confederation Doris Leuthard approved the first Swiss project to support the Hungarian private sector. The aim of the project is to ensure the long-term financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This will help to create a large number of jobs.

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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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