One of the 18 projects was implemented by the end of 2016. Within the seven thematic funds, 16 of the 43 sub-projects were completed by the end of 2016. Both the completed and ongoing projects have resulted in a high number of positive and concrete results.
Results in Romania
An overview of the results:
Careers for schools and businesses
The project ’Job Orientation Training in Businesses and Schools‘ combines the school and labour market systems. Taking part in teaching modules geared towards the job market has helped 7,500 pupils and apprentices assess their skills and get to know the real working world. The project has already been carried out in 180 schools and is expected to be extended to other schools throughout Romania.
Thanks to SCIEX fellowships, 88 Romanian doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers are taking part in fixed-term research residencies at Swiss universities. A total of 26 research partnerships have been established as part of the fund for joint Romanian-Swiss research projects. The researchers have published 137 articles in scientific journals, and have presented their findings at over 170 conferences.
Support for SMEs
It is difficult for many Romanian SMEs to obtain credit from commercial banks because they lack collateral. That is why Switzerland has contributed CHF 24.5 million to a capital and loan fund. SMEs active in the manufacturing, tourism, health and clean technologies sectors receive up to CHF 100,000 in secured loans from the fund. The aim is to boost competitiveness among SMEs through these investment loans. By the end of 2016 over 180 SMEs were granted access to an investment fund, with the loans helping to create and maintain 2,000 jobs.
Improving the air rescue services
Swiss Air-Rescue Rega organises and coordinates further training for Romanian pilots. 34 helicopter pilots improved their skills by taking part in 47 piloting training modules. Another 30 aircraft maintenance and flight mechanics were also given basic security training.
Integrating Roma and other minorities
Three projects are focused on improving access to public institutions and services such as education and medical care. These projects have helped more than 4,000 Roma including 1,700 children, who were able to go to preschool and take part in after-school activities.
Combating corruption and organised crime
The Romanian judicial office has trained around 10,000 judges and prosecutors in the application of new criminal laws. Training manuals to help implement the laws have also been distributed throughout the country.
Prevention and security
Switzerland supports Romania's police reforms. Around 2,500 police officers are taking part in communications and mediation courses that deal with key aspects of community policing. In addition, 240 police officers have taken part in language courses to learn Romani – the language of the Roma community. Three workshops have been set up as part of a project that promotes community service for young offenders as an alternative form of punishment. To date, 850 of these juvenile offenders have taken part in community service.
Swiss-Romanian partnership fund
In Romania, 40 partnership projects promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Swiss and Romanian institutions. A total of 70 Romanian and 43 Swiss institutions are actively involved in these projects. Around 200 specialists have benefited from the exchange of expertise in a wide range of areas such as environmental protection, social welfare and health.