Romania: Stories of Renewal
The journalist Victor Kapra and the photographer Cătălina Filip, both Romanian nationals, carried out reports and photographed people active in the projects supported by the Swiss enlargement contribution, and published what these people had to say.
The Swiss contribution to the enlarged EU funds the projects they visited through the Partnership Fund and the Thematic Fund for the participation of civil society. The aim of these two funds is both to support existing and new partnerships between Romanian and Swiss organisations and municipalities and to transfer Swiss expertise to Romanian institutions. They also aim to promote the active participation of civil society in Romanian society.
Swiss Contribution to Romania
Romania is one of the 13 states to have joined the EU since 2004 and as such receives support from Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU. The enlargement contribution helps to reduce economic and social disparities within the EU. Switzerland's contribution to Romania amounts to CHF 181 million and was adopted by the Swiss Parliament in 2009. Switzerland is implementing some 60 projects in Romania that are funded by the enlargement contribution. A special priority of the projects is the foundation of partnerships between the two countries.