Through its enlargement contribution, Switzerland has been helping to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Union (EU) since 2007.
The partner states of the enlargement contribution are the thirteen countries that have acceded to the EU since 2004 (the EU13). The prosperity gap within the EU remains relatively wide and Switzerland’s contribution is an investment in Europe’s security, stability and prosperity. At the same time, Switzerland is establishing an important basis for solid economic and political relations with the EU and partner states. At its meeting held on 28 September 2018, the Federal Council approved the dispatch on a second contribution to selected EU member states in response to broadly positive feedback received at the consultation stage.