Due to the size of its population and its per-capita income, Poland receives almost half of the Swiss enlargement contribution. In all, Switzerland will support around 60 Polish projects.
Ministers in optimistic mood
At their working meeting, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann and the Polish Minister of Regional Development, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, expressed their satisfaction at cooperation between the two countries thus far. By the end of 2011, 46 projects had received the green light, and funding totalling CHF 387 million had been approved. Switzerland has also provisionally accepted all of Poland’s project ideas, which have since been developed into detailed project proposals. These are expected to receive definitive authorisation by June 2012. Both sides were confident that all available financial resources will be able to be committed to projects. However, Poland has had to put a number of projects on hold due to a lack of funding caused by budget cuts.