Swiss contribution (enlargement contribution) to selected EU states

Water treatment plant
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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.

Map Swiss enlargement contribution
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Chronolgy

  • 28.09.2018: Adoption of the Federal Council Dispatch on the second Swiss contribution
  • 31.12.2017: Completion of EU10 project implementation
  • 01.06.2017: Entry into force of renewed Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe, expires on 31 December 2024
  • 31.05.2017: End of the commitment period for Croatia
  • 30.09.2016: Approval by Parliament of the renewed Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
  • 17.02.2016: Adoption of the Federal Council Dispatch on the renewal of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
  • 30.06.2015: Signing of the bilateral framework agreement with Croatia
  • 11.12.2014: Approval by Parliament of the framework credit for Croatia (CHF 45m)
  • 07.12.2014: End of the commitment period for Bulgaria and Romania
  • 01.07.2013: EU accession of Croatia
  • 14.06.2012: End of the commitment period for the EU10
  • 07.09.2010: Signing of the bilateral framework agreements with Bulgaria and Romania
  • 07.12.2009: Approval by Parliament of the framework credit for Bulgaria and Romania (CHF 257m)
  • 20.12.2007: Signing of the bilateral framework agreements with the EU10
  • 01.01.2007: EU accession of Bulgaria and Romania
  • 14.06.2007: Approval by Parliament of the framework credit for the EU10 (CHF 1bn)
  • 26.11.2006: Adoption by the Swiss electorate of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe as legal basis (53.4% in favour); entry into force: 1 June 2007, expires after 10 years
  • 01.05.2004: EU accession of the EU10 (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia)

Status April 2019

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