Twelve of the 58 projects have already been completed. All projects have resulted in many positive and concrete results. Below is an overview based on the five project goals.
Results in Poland
135 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers have taken part in a fixed-term research residency at a Swiss university thanks to a SCIEX fellowship. Strategic cooperation between Poland and Switzerland has also been strengthened thanks to 50 research institutions that have taken part in a joint Swiss-Polish research programme.
Social responsibility of SMEs
156 selected SMEs are implementing concrete measures to promote corporate social responsibility. Thanks to a training programme 230 staff members of regional authorities are now better informed and more aware of this aspect of management.
Transparent financial reporting
As a result of their participation in training, authorities and associations have acquired the knowledge they need in the area of international standards for financial reporting and auditing. By late 2015, 228 training workshops for about 47,200 participants had been carried out.
Preventive health care
Various programmes serve to prevent hepatitis C, obesity, alcoholism and smoking, and to encourage oral hygiene with children. 1,600 schools involving 381,870 pupils took part in a programme to promote healthy nutrition and regular physical activity. More than 31,446 people at risk were tested for hepatitis C, showing a growing interest in the public to be tested. 814,000 people took part in a prevention campaign organised at the local and national levels on the subject of alcoholism and smoking. Awareness of the importance of oral hygiene for good health has increased: teachers in primary schools have organised awareness-raising activities among 105,250 children aged between 3 and 5.
Improving social services
In the provinces of Świętokrzyskie, Lublin, Małopolskie and Podkarpackie, socio-medical care facilities can now provide better quality services thanks to the renovation and modernisation of infrastructure and training for nursing staff. Over 1,500 medical staff and care personnel, i.e. 77% of the employees of partner establishments have completed a further training programme and obtained a higher qualification. The socio-medical centres now achieve a better rate of rehabilitation and encourage patients to lead a more autonomous life.
By the end of 2015, 67,500 tonnes of asbestos from 11,000 sites had been disposed of. In information events, more than 165,000 people were instructed on how asbestos can be safely disposed of and neutralised.
Promotion of biodiversity and nature conservation
Eight projects contribute to protecting the environment: an inventory has been drawn up of over 100 rare and protected plant and animal species; 140 bird species have been formally identified, 17 migration corridors for red deer, bison, elk, wolves, bears, lynxes and wild boar have been identified and delineated; 35 sheep farmers were provided with further training and in addition received almost 700 sheep. Awareness-raising campaigns on environmental protection have reached 1,200 people.
Improving the safety and reliability of local and regional public transport
Three projects contribute to the attractiveness of public transport. A train station and two park-and-ride lots are under construction. Four locomotives have been delivered and are in working order. Six more are to follow in 2016.
Improvement of border security and modernisation of border crossings
A number of projects are contributing to securing the 1,200 km border dividing the Schengen area from Belarus and Ukraine. Work to renovate and upgrade two border posts at Połowce (vehicles) and Siemianówka (trains) has been completed. The border-crossing at Polowce obtained international status in April 2015 and crossing formalities have been improved at the Siemianówka post. The mobile border guard, which is deployed in the hinterland close to the border, has received 78 specially equipped vehicles to help them with border surveillance work and to combat smuggling. In addition, 430 officers have been trained.
Support for migration and crisis management
2,347 representatives of local authorities and civil protection managers in the three provinces of Podkarpackie, Małopolska and Lublin developed their knowledge and skills in further education and training modules. 73 institutions, including 26 NGOs, developed their knowledge and know-how of migration management. A national campaign was organised to raise public awareness of cultural diversity.
Improving traffic safety
In seven counties of the provinces of Małopolskie, Lublin and Podkarpackie road safety has been improved thanks to the introduction of traffic-calming measures. Moreover, some 640 traffic police officers have received training in road traffic control and the local traffic police force has been equipped with 14 unmarked police vehicles. The impact of the project can be seen in the significant drop in accidents involving pedestrians (Małopolskie:19%: Lublin region: 50%).
Swiss-Polish Partnership fund
21 partnership projects promoting the exchange of knowledge and know-how between Swiss and Polish municipalities and institutions were completed in Poland in 2015. In all, some 30 visits to Switzerland took place involving 384 Polish nationals, who they took part in 25 events organised by project partners in Switzerland.
Support funding for NGOs
A total of 336 NGOs obtained funds to promote and strengthen civil society's participation in the economic and social development of the country. All projects were completed on schedule. The NGOs organised approximately 1,500 awareness-raising activities in which nearly 18,000 people took part.