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.
Poland – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
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|Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:|
|Switzerland’s contribution:||489 mio CHF (2007-2012)|
|EU-Funds:||67,3 bn Euro (2007-2013)
77,6 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||313 000 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||3.6%|
|Swiss exports to Poland:||2'104.1 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from Poland:||1'724.4 mio CHF|
|Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:||68%|
|Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (april 2016)|
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 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: Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union
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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Swiss Contribution to climate change mitigation and environment protection in Poland
EU Enlargement contribution for Poland
The Swiss Support to Regional Development in Poland
Boosting research in ten EU member states
Partnership funds in the new EU member states
NGO fund in twelve EU member states
06.10.2016 Local news
On 11 September, a new Transport Hub was opened in Legionowo near Warsaw, improving the quality and operational effectiveness of the local and regional public transport system. Switzerland provided 85% of the total cost of the investment, which has been the largest in Legionowo’s history.
06.10.2016 Local news
On 13th of October, we invite you to a conference on “Municipal investments in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency – environmental and socio-economic benefits”, which will be an occasion to share experiences from implementation of projects that received co-financing under the Swiss Contribution to Poland.
Lebork has completed the construction of a heat and power cogeneration plant on schedule and connected it to the city's district heating network. The plant now provides 40% of Lebork's energy needs for hot water and heating. At the same time it generates electricity for the local electricity network.
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.
From 14 to 17 September SDC Director-General Manuel Sager visited Poland, where he attended a conference on Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU. The visit was also an opportunity to meet with colleagues from the Swiss contribution office and with project partners, and to visit various projects in the field.
Switzerland supports several health projects in Poland. Their objectives include promoting oral health in pre-school, preventing hepatitis C infections, and reducing alcohol, tobacco and drug use during pregnancy. According to the mid-term reviews, the projects are well on track and are showing encouraging results.
With 86 fatalities per million inhabitants every year, Poland – together with Luxembourg – ranks second among the most dangerous countries in Europe for road safety. On 6 February 2015, the Polish parliament adopted a law to improve road safety, which was signed by the Polish president on 2 April 2015. The road safety project, part of Switzerland's enlargement contribution, provided Swiss expertise to support this process.
Federal Council opens consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
17.12.2014 Media 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.
19.09.2014 Media release
A number of staff changes have been announced for several Swiss representations abroad and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The changes will take place in 2015 as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointment of heads of mission becomes effective following approval by the respective host state. The Federal Council thanks those ambassadors entering retirement for their services.
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.
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.
During his official visit to Poland on 27 and 28 January 2014, President Didier Burkhalter visited one of the projects benefitting from Switzerland's support as part of its EU enlargement contribution.