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CHF 109 million for the Czech Republic from 2007 to 2017
To mark the successful completion of Switzerland’s enlargement contribution projects in Czechia, the Czech finance ministry hosted a closing conference in Ostrava in the east of the country.
Ostrava is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian region, which – together with the Olomouc and Zlín regions – was one of the focus regions for Switzerland’s enlargement contribution projects in Czechia. More than half of the total funds were used in these three regions. In Ostrava itself, two traffic infrastructure projects were carried out and three retirement homes were renovated.
The aim of the conference was to inform the public and the media of the results of the enlargement contribution. Between 2007 and 2017, Switzerland provided support to various Czech institutions, NGOs, cities and municipalities with an overall sum of CHF 109 million. Thanks to this contribution, 38 projects were completed in a range of different areas: traffic infrastructure, elderly care, health, combating corruption and organised crime, non-profit organisations, business, research and support for start-ups. At the conference, the overall contribution was evaluated and given a positive assessment.
Ms Ineichen-Fleisch, the state secretary and director of SECO, and Swiss ambassador Markus-Alexander Antonietti took part in the celebratory event as special guests from Switzerland. As head of the Swiss delegation, Ms Ineichen-Fleisch commended the implementation of the projects: “This has been a decade of extraordinarily successful cooperation, with a number of projects delivering long-term benefits for the Czech people. One key task remains – mobilising the necessary funds to maintain the project outcomes and ensure that the good practice resulting from the implementation process is shared further.”
More than 200 people took part in the conference, mainly representatives of the Czech organisations involved in the enlargement contribution projects. The Czech speakers all paid tribute to the major commitment shown by Switzerland throughout the project implementation period.
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.
Other news about the projects
Czech Republic, July 2016 – The SCIEX exchange programme has allowed 91 researchers from the Czech Republic to complete a research residency for 6 to 24 months at a Swiss university. CHF 7 million from Switzerland's enlargement contribution has enabled Czech doctoral and post-doctoral students to conduct research in biology, engineering, chemistry, and human and social sciences. Switzerland's contribution is both helping individual researchers to network and further their academic careers, and is helping to create a better research environment in the Czech Republic. The grant recipients are able to take their knowledge back to their home country and share it with others. A brochure has been published on the completed SCIEX programme in the Czech Republic. It contains information on the individual research projects and personal experiences of the scientists who took part.
Czech Republic, 24.11.2014 – The "Central Firearms Register" project co-funded by Switzerland wins the top award in the "Central Administration Projects" category of the Czech "The Best of 2014" e-government competition. Each year, the competition honours the projects which make the best use of information and communications technology in public administration. The project aims to establish a central firearms register in the Czech Republic, and thus to improve public safety.