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Enhancement of regional competitiveness in Poland

Through pilot projects, support will be given to approximately 90-100 small and medium-sized enterprises taking concrete measures

05.09.2011 — Article EB

In Poland, the principles of environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility have not yet been widely adopted. With a contribution of about CHF 5 million, Switzerland seeks to improve this situation. The project agreement was signed on 4 August 2011.

Launching conference in Bucharest for the SECO "Energy City" programme

04.08.2011 — Article EB

Romania’s medium-sized cities (45,000 to 350,000 inhabitants) have the opportunity of competing to join the SECO “Energy City” programme. To ensure that all interested cities receive uniform and transparent information on the criteria for the competition, the Romanian authorities responsible in each case met with a Swiss delegation at an inaugural conference for the “Energy City” programme on 1 July in Bucharest.

Latvia: Easier access to microcredits

21.06.2011 — Local news EB

Switzerland contributes 7.48 million Swiss francs to support a microcredit programme in Latvia. The programme agreement was signed on 21 June 2011. The microcredit programme will make it easier for small-sized companies and self-employed workers to obtain microloans, which in turn should spur the creation of up to 900 new jobs.

Czech Republic: Environment Expertise Fund

21.04.2011 — Local news EB

A project agreement on environment was signed between Switzerland and the Czech Republic on 4 April 2011. Switzerland contributes one million Swiss francs to support activities in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.

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.

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