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Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann on Poland visit

29.02.2012 — Article EB

Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann was in Poland from 15 to 17 February for a series of working meetings. During his visit he met the Minister of Regional Development, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, whose portfolio includes the Swiss enlargement contribution.

The Scholarship Fund Four Academics provide an Insight into the Programme

01.02.2012 — Article EB

It was back in 2009 that the first of over 450 academicians from the new EU-Member States were accepted into the scholarship programme of the Swiss Enlargement Contribution. The transnational scholarship fund is endowed with an overall budget of CHF 45 million, thus making it possible for young, talented researchers to effectuate a maximum two-year stay in Switzerland on a research fellowship. Four scholars provide an insight into their stay, thereby giving the Programme a concrete face.

Poland is starting the implementation of infrastructure projects

15.12.2011 — Local news EB

Nine projects in the area of basic infrastructure and environmental protection with a total value of almost CHF 110 million were approved in the year 2011. The first priority is improving waste management at the communal level. A second priority concerns measures to promote renewable energies. Efforts will also be made to improve the safety and reliability of public regional transport.

Enhancing the reliability of environmental data in Estonia

24.11.2011 — Local news EB

On 24 November 2011, Switzerland and Estonia signed the first project agreement in the domain of “Environment and Infrastructure”. The project will enable the Estonian authorities to better monitor water quality, air pollution and radioactivity levels, and to localize natural hazards. Switzerland is supporting the project with a total contribution of CHF 8.5 million.

Hungary: two projects for tourism development approved

14.11.2011 — Local news EB

As part of its enlargement contribution, Switzerland is supporting two tourism projects to strengthen so-called destination management organisations (DMO) in the economic development areas of Northern Hungary and the Northern Great Plain. Both projects focus on medicinal and cultural tourism, and a total of CHF 2 million will be invested in improving tourist services.

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).

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