Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU
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Partner countries in Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement
CHF 116 million of the enlargement contribution flows into projects for improving public safety in the partner countries
The Swiss enlargement contribution provides CHF 105 million for financing projects that strengthen civil society
CHF 479 million of the enlargement contribution is used for environmental protection projects
Switzerland supports projects with CHF 333 million in its partner countries
Switzerland invests around CHF 180 million in a broad range of social security measures in the partner countries. The focus is on elderly and sick people and youth support
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Since 2007, Switzerland has been participating in various projects designed to reduce the economic and social disparities in an enlarged EU, with CHF 1.302 billion
The legal basis for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement can be found in the Federal Act of 24 March 2006 on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
The Swiss contribution is an integral part of Swiss foreign policy on Europe which aims to consolidate Switzerland’s relations with the EU and its member states
For the EU, strengthening economic and social cohesion is a key concern. Switzerland is helping to overcome these challenges by making its own independent contribution.
The resources of the EU earmarked for its regional and cohesion policies for 2014–20 amount to more than EUR 350 billion. The three EFTA/EEA states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are contributing approximately EUR 2.8 billion for the period 2014-21.
Switzerland monitors the project selection process in the partner country, examines the tendering process and supervises project implementation
Although the new EU member states are catching up, significant economic and social disparities remain. Average per capita income in these countries is still clearly below that of the other member states.
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Questions and Answers
Croatia, 20.12.2018 – Switzerland's demining project in Croatia is helping to create a safe and protected environment for people living in heavily mined areas.
Bern, 29.11.2018 - The Federal Council intends to make a further contribution to the economic and social catching-up process in the new EU member states. An overview.
Romania, 5.10.2018 – The Swiss export promotion programme helps some 80 SMEs develop their export strategies and marketing plans.
Bern, 28.09.2018 – Federal Council submits to Parliament Dispatch on second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states.
The Federal Council is laying the groundwork for the next contribution to certain EU member states. Parliament will decide on how the contribution is to be financed.
The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed the enlargement contribution projects. SECO and SDC take stock and publish the results in the Annual Report 2017..
2017 annual report
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An independent evaluation confirms good results with regard to the implementation of Switzerland’s enlargement contribution on behalf of the new EU member states.
The Swiss contribution is an integral part of Swiss foreign policy on Europe, which aims to consolidate Switzerland’s relations with the EU and its member states.