Between 2007 and 2017, Switzerland contributed CHF 124.2 million to the successful implementation of 39 projects in Hungary.
Hungary – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
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|Swiss Business Hub|
|Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:|
|Switzerland’s contribution:||131 mio CHF (2007-2012)|
|EU-Funds:||25,3 bn Euro (2007-2013)
21,9 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||93 000 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||4%|
|Swiss exports to Hungary:||1'037.0 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from Hungary:||1'105.7 mio CHF|
|Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:||68%|
|Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (june 2018)|
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.
A research team in Hungary working on a Swiss-Hungarian research project has developed innovative technologies for the blind and visually impaired. Research continued in Hungary and Switzerland following the completion of the project in 2015, leading to successful results in both countries in the beginning of 2019: Hungary successfully launched an app for the visually impaired and in Switzerland Professor Botond Roska was awarded the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine.
The River Tisza in north-eastern Hungary regularly bursts its banks after heavy rains. In order to limit the devastation caused by flooding, Switzerland has financed several risk reduction measures by way of its contribution to the enlarged EU. Mobile dams from Swiss company Beaver Protection Systems Ltd have proven a viable solution for the situation there. It is therefore being presented as a model at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribution. 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.
At its meeting on 28 March 2018, the Federal Council decided to initiate the consultation procedure on a second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. With this contribution, Switzerland aims to continue to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EU member states. Last year, the Federal Council set two priorities for this contribution: vocational education and training and migration.
19.06.2017 Press release
The 10-year implementation period for Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the 10 central and eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 came to an end on 14 June 2017. Under the contribution, Parliament approved a total of CHF 1 billion to implement 210 projects which have helped reduce economic and social disparities among broad sections of the population living in the EU.
A delegation of Swiss MPs visited two projects from the Swiss-Hungarian cooperation programme in April 2016. Representatives from the Hungarian authorities showed their visitors how they use the measurement and analysis equipment and the protection dams co-financed by Switzerland.
Official visit of the President of the Swiss National Council, Christa Markwalder in Hungary from April 12 to 15, 2016.
14.04.2016 Press release
Following the invitation of the President of the Hungarian Parliament, László Kövér, the President of the National Council, Christa Markwalder and a high-level parliamentary delegation officially visited Hungary from 12 to 15 April.
On 12 October 2015, a closing event was held for the NGO fund and the scholarship programme in Miskolc in Hungary. In total, 102 small-scale projects have been implemented, benefiting disadvantaged adults and children or promoting a responsible approach to the environment. In addition, 679 schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds have benefited from a scholarship fund.
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.
Switzerland is improving security at Hungarian courts all over the country with a contribution of CHF 4.2 million. Security checks at the entrances to courthouses are now state of the art, with 104 new walk-through metal detectors and 45 X-ray scanners. Innovative IT solutions now also allow secure and reliable electronic access to court files and central databases.
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.
26.03.2014 Press release