Strengthening civil society

Group effort: young people painting a picture
The Swiss enlargement contribution is providing CHF 105 million to finance projects to strengthen civil society, establishing this youth centre in Latvia, for example. © SDC

The Swiss enlargement contribution provides CHF 105 million for financing projects that strengthen civil society. A support fund for non-governmental organisations (NGO fund) is financed in all partner countries, except Malta.

The NGO fund particularly supports social and environmental projects that support and strengthen the participation of civil society in the economic and social development of the country. Overall, one in five projects is realised with Swiss involvement. The NGOs benefit from Swiss expert knowledge by involving Swiss partners in projects. At the same time, Swiss organisations can expand their networks and improve their competences thanks to partnerships with organisations in the partner countries. In Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary, there is a partnership fund in addition to the NGO fund.

Results

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Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: 2018 Annual Report

Information on the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way, e.g. mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and decommissioned trams from Basel improving Bulgaria's public transport system. The report also briefly explains the background to the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member countries.



Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017

The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribu-tion. 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.



The Swiss Enlargement Contribution

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs present an interim balance sheet on the first five years since the approval of the Enlargement Contribution to the new 10 EU-Member States. The projects are to be implemented within another five year period, i.e., by 2017.









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Civil society organizations signed contracts for institutional support within the ACT project

Online ceremony SIGN ACT

05.10.2020 – Local news
At the online ceremony SIGN ACT: Celebrating the beginning of ACT institutional support to civil society organizations, which was broadcast live on social networks, the goals and significance of this project were presented, and the organizations told us where they see themselves and civil society after two years working to strengthen their base in their communities.


Switzerland Supports CSO Networks in Serbia

Open Call for Network Activity Grants within ACT Programme

15.09.2020 – Local news
The Swiss-supported project “For an Active Civil Society Together - ACT” published a Call for Network Activity Grants (NAG). The call is open until 7 October 2020 for formal and informal CSO networks throughout Serbia. Up to 10 selected networks will receive EUR 25,000 each in support, over the next 18 months. Having in mind the current circumstances, applications will be received and processed via a special online platform.


Switzerland supports civil society organizations in Serbia

Open call for institutional grants for civil society organizations in Serbia

01.04.2020 – Local news
The Swiss supported program For an Active Civil Society Together (ACT) published a call for institutional grants for civil society organizations (CSOs) in Serbia. The call is open until 13th May for CSOs throughout Serbia. Up to 30 selected organizations, at least half of them based outside of Belgrade, will be supported to the tune of EUR 22,000 each, over the  next two years. Having in mind the current circumstances, applications will be received and processed via a special online platform.






Switzerland hosts civil society evening

08.02.2019 – Local news
The Embassy of Switzerland hosted an evening for the civil society partners. The event was an opportunity to thank Swiss partners for the great cooperation and work in the past year. Switzerland has supported several projects in different areas working closely with the civil society organizations and achieving visible results.



Swiss support for civil sector and socially innovative projects

Swiss PRO public call results

17.09.2018 – Local news
Within the Swiss PRO Programme the support of the Swiss Government worth 350,000 EUR was granted to 26 civil society organisations for the purpose of conducting socially innovative projects in 48 towns and municipalities, while technical support intended for local self-governments in conducting projects in partnership with the civil sector will be received by 16 towns and municipalities.


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The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.


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Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: 2018 Annual Report

Information on the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way, e.g. mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and decommissioned trams from Basel improving Bulgaria's public transport system. The report also briefly explains the background to the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member countries.



Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017

The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribu-tion. 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.



The Swiss Enlargement Contribution

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs present an interim balance sheet on the first five years since the approval of the Enlargement Contribution to the new 10 EU-Member States. The projects are to be implemented within another five year period, i.e., by 2017.


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