Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe supports the Western Balkans and countries of the former Soviet Union in their transition to a social market economy and democracy. Through its enlargement contribution, Switzerland helps reduce the economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union
Transition assistance promotes the rule of law, democracy, and the social market economy, while strengthening civil society. As a result, Switzerland helps to restore stability in these states and improves the opportunities available to the people living there. Switzerland concentrates its transition assistance efforts in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia) and states of the former USSR (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan).
With an enlargement contribution totalling CHF 1.302 billion, Switzerland supports projects in the countries that have joined the EU since 2004: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. Switzerland is thereby helping to reduce economic and social disparities in the enlarged European Union and strengthening its relations with countries across the European region.