The SDC and SECO provide regular news and highlights from the Swiss enlargement contribution projects. Besides the latest results and findings they also provide information on important events and short films.
For more current news from the projects, go to the relevant country page.
Positive results: Swiss-Czech partnership fund draws to a close
Czech Republic, November 2016 – The work of the Swiss-Czech partnership fund has drawn to a close. The fund, which was set up in 2009, supported specific projects for seven years aimed at promoting cooperation and partnership between Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Within the framework of the final conference of 30 November 2016, various representatives of the two countries took stock: The partnership fund paid for nearly one hundred projects in a number of areas including environmental protection, health promotion and culture, with contributions of between CHF 10,000 and CHF 250,000. In his opening words, Ulrich Stürzinger from the SDC highlighted the significant added value gained from the mutual transfer of knowledge. He also noted that Swiss-Czech cooperation was given a long-term boost by the positive experiences gained. The brochure on the closing event documents the major successes of the partnership fund, providing a general overview of the fund and presenting selected projects in a clear and detailed manner.
Exchange between Hungarian and Swiss health professionals
Switzerland, November 2016 – Primary care practitioners in Hungary took part in an exchange with Swiss health professionals from 29 November to 1 December 2016. The goal of the project was to strengthen skills among Hungarian family doctors, nurses, nutritionists and physiotherapists. Some 15 local practitioners were introduced to the challenges facing the Swiss primary care system – the need to develop home care, the expanded role of nurses, and funding. The meeting also helped the Hungarian participants to develop a long-term vision of the model of care being introduced by the project beyond the current support provided by Switzerland.
Demining in Croatia supported by Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU
Croatia, Petrinja, November 2016 – In Croatia vast tracts of land remain infested with mines. Switzerland is making a contribution to demining efforts to support the government. At the end of November 2016, Stefan Estermann, Swiss ambassador to Croatia, saw for himself the situation in the municipality of Petrinja. He believes that through demining one of the heavily contaminated areas of Croatia, Switzerland can contribute to political goodwill in Croatia. The project is carried out by the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC), which already cooperates with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.
A look at a successful environmental project in Hungary
Hungary, September 2016 – The progress that has been made with the recently completed Widening Green Kindergarten and Ecoschool movements projects is extremely positive. More than 1,600 schools and kindergartens were certified with the Ecoschool Awards and Green Kindergarten label.This means that over 60,000 children and 2,000 teachers can benefit from environmental education on the curriculum and a learning environment that is close to nature. Children retain experiences with hands-on, practical involvement. Whether going to the woods or the zoo, playing interactive games on the computer in class, or tending the small kindergarten garden – all of this helps improve the environmental awareness of the next generation.