Between 2007 and 2017, Switzerland contributed CHF 67.3 million to the successful implementation of 8 projects in Lithuania.
Lithuania – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
|Mission / Delegation / Permanent Representation|
|Embassy with Cooperation Office|
|Embassy with Regional consular center|
|Swiss Business Hub|
|Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:|
|Switzerland’s contribution:||71 mio CHF (2007-2012)|
|EU-Funds||6,9 bn Euro (2007-2013)
6,8 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||65 000 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||3.8%|
|Swiss exports to Lithuania:||133.1 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from Lithuania:||176.6 mio CHF|
|Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:||78%|
|Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (june 2018)|
Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017
The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribu-tion. SECO and the SDC have taken stock of the last decade and published the results in their 2017 annual report. The projects have made a significant contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe. Switzerland was also able to use its expertise to make a meaningful contribution to a number of projects.
Swiss Enlargement Contribution Annual Report 2015
The annual report contains an overview of concrete results and the status of project implementation. Over 500 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from the new EU member states received scholarships in 2015 to do research in Switzerland. Bulgaria introduced legislation that provides for outpatient care based on the Swiss Spitex model, and Slovenia halved the heating and electricity bills of schools through energy efficiency renovations and renewable energies.
Evaluation Report on the Swiss Contribution 2015: Key points in brief
An independent evaluation has confirmed the federal authorities have achieved good results in implementing Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. This report summarises the key findings of the evaluation and outlines the progress and achievements of the Swiss contribution.
The Swiss Enlargement Contribution
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs present an interim balance sheet on the first five years since the approval of the Enlargement Contribution to the new 10 EU-Member States. The projects are to be implemented within another five year period, i.e., by 2017.
NGO and Partnership Fund in Lithuania
EU enlargement contribution for Lithuania
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 9
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 3
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 4
Press Release - Lithuanian and Swiss scientists jointly implemented eleven projects
Press release - Lithuania ranks among the most progressive countries as infant mortality falls more than 4 times
Newsletter about Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme No. 8
Working meeting in Bern between Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Linas Antanas Linkevičius
15.11.2018 Press release
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has met his Lithuanian counterpart, Linas Antanas Linkevičius, at the Von Wattenwyl House in Bern. The talks focused on bilateral matters, European policy and security issues.
The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribution. SECO and the SDC have taken stock of the last decade and published the results in their 2017 annual report. The projects have made a significant contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe. Switzerland was also able to use its expertise to make a meaningful contribution to a number of projects.
At its meeting on 28 March 2018, the Federal Council decided to initiate the consultation procedure on a second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. With this contribution, Switzerland aims to continue to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EU member states. Last year, the Federal Council set two priorities for this contribution: vocational education and training and migration.
19.06.2017 Press release
The 10-year implementation period for Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the 10 central and eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 came to an end on 14 June 2017. Under the contribution, Parliament approved a total of CHF 1 billion to implement 210 projects which have helped reduce economic and social disparities among broad sections of the population living in the EU.
Thanks to Swiss support, conditions for newborns and mothers in Lithuania have improved greatly. The infant mortality rate has dropped sharply since the nineties. With its enlargement contribution, Switzerland finances modern medical equipment, energy-efficient renovations and further training in healthcare in 27 hospitals.
The closing ceremony of the Sciex scholarship programme was held on 25 September 2015. Thanks to this programme, more than 500 doctoral and post-doctoral students could visit Switzerland for a limited period to conduct and expand their research.
State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch travelled to the Baltic states from 18 to 22 May. Her itinerary included three projects that Switzerland is supporting through its enlargement contribution.
Federal Council opens consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
17.12.2014 Press release
The Federal Council has opened the consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe (Eastern Europe Cooperation Act). The current act is still valid until the end of May 2017. A timely prolongation should enable the seamless continuation of cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The consultation will last until 31 March 2015.
30.04.2014 Press release
18.03.2014 Press release
Switzerland is supporting a sustainable energy policy in six partner countries with around CHF 190 million from its enlargement contribution. In Estonia, for example, the contribution is being used to make the design of three preschools and a home for the elderly more energy efficient. Four Estonian communities showcased their building projects on 14 March 2014. In February 2014, Switzerland approved a project to institutionalise the energy city label in Romania.
10.03.2014 Press release
A Lithuanian non-profit organisation in cooperation with the "Schweizer Tafel" feeds the poor and fights against food waste
16.01.2014 Press release
Swiss - Lithuanian Health Programme
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Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.