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The Federal Council approves a contribution to a health programme in Lithuania

20.04.2011 — Local news EB

The Federal Council has decided to allocate CHF 45.6 million to a programme for improvement of maternity and child care in Lithuania as part of Switzerland's enlargement contribution to the newly acceded EU countries. It will be jointly financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Latvia: Improving the quality of water and removing waste

17.03.2011 — Local news EB

A project agreement on infrastructure with Latvia was signed on 17 March 2011. Switzerland contributes 13 million Swiss francs to improve the quality of water and help clean up the heavily polluted industrial port of Riga.

Estonia: New Equipment for Children’s Hospital and Forensic Institute

The new automated gait orthosis “Pediatric Lokomat.

28.01.2011 — Article EB

On 26 January 2011, the Tallinn Children’s Hospital received the new automated gait orthosis “Pediatric Lokomat”. This apparatus, co-financed with the funds of the Swiss Enlargement Contribution, is meant to help children with neurological illnesses and injuries improve their ability to walk. On the same day, the new Estonian Forensic Science Institute in Tallinn, in which equipment financed by Switzerland has been installed for use, was officially inaugurated.

Hungary: Two project agreements aiming at supporting environmental monitoring systems signed

20.01.2011 — Local news EB

In the presence of Dr. Tamás Fellegi, Hungarian Minister of National Development and Johann Schneider-Ammann, Swiss Federal Councillor, two project agreements in the field of infrastructure have been signed. By making a contribution of 10.8 million Swiss francs Switzerland is looking to improve waste and emission controls in the Central Danube region as well as to improve the measurement of heavy metal and dust concentration levels in Hungary.

Six infrastructure projects in Hungary approved

29.10.2010 — Local news EB

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.

The Swiss Enlargement Contribution in Malta

MEDAC students in front of the World Trade Organisation

17.09.2010 — Article EB

Switzerland supports Malta in the realization of two projects, i.e., special funding for the “Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies” and the acquisition of a PET scanner for diagnosing cancer. Just about CHF 5 million will be injected into these projects from the Swiss Enlargement Contribution. Both projects are on the verge of implementation, bringing to an end the distribution of the Swiss Enlargement Contribution earmarked for Malta.

Enlargement Contribution in Cyprus – All Projects ready for Implementation

Protecting marine ecosystems

28.07.2010 — Article EB

In Cyprus, three different projects have gotten underway that are being supported by a contribution of almost CHF 6 million. With this, Switzerland’s enlargement contribution earmarked for Cyprus has already been completely distributed. The projects pursue the objective of reducing the economic and social disparities between Cyprus and the more advanced countries of the EU.

Contribution à l’élargissement: le Conseil fédéral a approuvé les accords-cadres bilatéraux avec la Bulgarie et la Roumanie

23.06.2010 — Article EB

Lors de sa séance du 23 juin 2010, le Conseil fédéral a approuvé les accords-cadres bilatéraux avec la Bulgarie et la Roumanie et décidé de procéder à leur signature. Ces accords régissent le contenu et la mise en œuvre de la contribution suisse à l’élargissement en faveur de ces deux pays. Les premiers projets pourront sans doute être sélectionnés et réalisés dès fin 2010.

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 EB

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 EB

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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