Poland – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement

Switzerland's contribution for Poland is CHF 489 million. By 2017, 58 projects designed to reduce economic and social disparities will have been implemented in Poland. Around 40% of the funds will be allocated to the less-developed regions of southern Poland. Implementation of projects is overseen by the Swiss contribution office in Warsaw, which is in close contact with the National Coordination Unit in the Ministry of Development.

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Projects in Poland

Switzerland supports 58 projects in Poland with its EU enlargement contribution

Project news

News, highlights and information on the projects in Poland

Results in Poland

Switzerland uses its enlargement contribution to promote renewable energies, dispose of waste containing asbestos and help secure the eastern border of the Schengen area

Bilateral Framework Agreement with Poland

Die Schweiz hat mit Polen ein bilaterales Rahmenabkommen abgeschlossen. Sie entscheidet in Absprache mit Polen und unabhängig von der EU, welche Projekte sie unterstützt

Focus Areas

In addition to the thematic focus, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The regions of „Lubelskie", „Malapolskie", „Podkarpackie" and „Swietokrzyskie" are vested with priority. With a per capita gross domestic product lying at approx. 35% of the EU-25 average, these regions boast the lowest development indicators in Poland. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to Poland is to go to the benefit of these regions either directly or indirectly.

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Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2016

The report shows the results and the state of progress, e.g. in the dual vocational training programme in Slovakia, the fight against human trafficking in Bulgaria and Romania, the rehabilitation of a port in Latvia, and a venture capital fund in Hungary. In addition, it covers the national programmes which have come to a close in Estonia and Slovenia and presents the new programme in Croatia.

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.

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News (26)

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21 partnership projects nearing completion

Philippe Nendaz with Agata Stwora, head teacher of the Polish special needs school in Łodygowice.

20.08.2014 – Article

In summer 2014 the majority of the 21 Swiss-Polish partnership projects will come to a close. An evaluation of 16 Swiss project partners has concluded that the majority of the projects were carried out successfully and that the exchange of experience and knowledge was enriching for both sides.

Regional development in Poland creates jobs

The "Alpine Carpathian Cooperation Bridge" project promotes the production and marketing of traditional products from the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

28.02.2014 – Article

Local initiatives are strengthening economically weak regions in the new EU member states and creating employment. An interim evaluation of ten regional development projects in Poland shows that the implementation of the projects is largely going according to plan and already producing results.

President Didier Burkhalter pays an official visit to Poland

27.01.2014 – Media release
On 27 January President Didier Burkhalter will be received in Warsaw by the Polish President Bronisław Komorowski for an official presidential visit, the equivalent of a state visit in Switzerland. The three bilateral talks with President Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski will focus on bilateral relations, European policy, Switzerland's chairmanship of the OSCE, as well as a range of international and multilateral issues. On the morning of 28 January President Burkhalter will travel to Cracow where he will visit projects supported by Switzerland as part of its contribution towards EU enlargement. The afternoon will be set aside for a visit to the concentration camps of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.


31.05.2013 – Media release
More than 200 projects are now being implemented as part of the enlargement contribution. At the annual conference of Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe on 31 May 2013 in Bern, government representatives and experts from Switzerland and abroad discussed the importance and the impact of these projects. About 750 people took part in the annual conference in the Hotel National, an exceptionally high turnout.

First Solar Collectors in Operation at Polish regional Hospital

123 solar panels for hot water

07.03.2013 – Article

Since December 2012, the regional hospital of the Suski district has been receiving its hot water thanks to solar energy. In fact, 123 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the hospital. In addition, by summer 2013, an additional 2349 solar panels on the roofs of private buildings will be put into operation.

Co-operation on research between Poland and Switzerland

24.09.2012 – Article

In the framework of the Swiss-Polish Research Programme, two research teams from Bern are participating in projects on flood prevention and aspects of climate change. The Programme is financing a total of about 40 research projects which are being carried out by Swiss and Polish universities and research institutes. The programme has an overall budget of about CHF 30 million.

Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann on Poland visit

During the visit of Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann an agreement on the launch of a renewable energy project was signed.

29.02.2012 – Article

Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann was in Poland from 15 to 17 February for a series of working meetings. During his visit he met the Minister of Regional Development, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, whose portfolio includes the Swiss enlargement contribution.

Poland is starting the implementation of infrastructure projects

Renewal of roofs containing asbestos

15.12.2011 – Local news

Nine projects in the area of basic infrastructure and environmental protection with a total value of almost CHF 110 million were approved in the year 2011. The first priority is improving waste management at the communal level. A second priority concerns measures to promote renewable energies. Efforts will also be made to improve the safety and reliability of public regional transport.

Enhancement of regional competitiveness in Poland

Through pilot projects, support will be given to approximately 90-100 small and medium-sized enterprises taking concrete measures

05.09.2011 – Article

In Poland, the principles of environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility have not yet been widely adopted. With a contribution of about CHF 5 million, Switzerland seeks to improve this situation. The project agreement was signed on 4 August 2011.

Modern infrastructure for border police, transport and hospitals in Poland

Information pannel in Poland

28.07.2010 – Article

Poland is a priority country for the enlargement contributions and has been allocated CHF 489 million, almost a half of the entire enlargement contribution. The country is now a magnet for tourists but its infrastructure, especially in rural areas, is still rudimentary.

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The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.

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