Switzerland's contribution to the Slovak Republic is approximately CHF 67 million.Between now and 2017, 23 projects designed to reduce economic and social disparities in in the Slovak Republic are implemented. Roughly 40% of the funding are allocated to structurally weak regions in eastern Slovakia. Implementation of projects is overseen by the Swiss contribution office in Bratislava, which is in close contact with the National Coordination Unit in the Government Office of the Slovak Republic.
Slovak Republic – 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:||67 mio CHF (2007-2012)|
|EU-Funds:||11,6 bn Euro (2007-2013)
14,0 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||49 000 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||3.3%|
|Swiss exports to the Slovak Republic:||564.8 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from the Slovak Republic:||908.5 mio CHF|
|Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:||77%|
|Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (april 2017)|
In addition to the thematic focus, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The region "Eastern Slovakia" (Presov and Kosice) 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 the Slovak Republic. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to the Slovak Republic is to go to the benefit of these regions either directly or indirectly.
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.
Evaluation: Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union
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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Partnership funds in the new EU member states
NGO fund in twelve EU member states
Connecting structurally weak regions to the sewer network
Switzerland supports a dual vocational education and training system geared to the labour market in Slovakia
Projects promoting social inclusion of the Roma people and other disadvantaged groups in four EU member states
19.06.2017 Media 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.
Switzerland is supporting a project to help Slovakia improve dual vocational education and training. The project aims to develop a practice-based market-oriented vocational education and training system. The vocational schools gear their courses to businesses’ requirements and pupils receive training in a company in addition to theoretical knowledge. This equips them with better qualifications and improves their job prospects.
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.
The Roma population in Slovakia suffers from high levels of unemployment. Many of them cannot find work, as they have a lower level of education and often cannot speak Slovak. Within the framework of a mentoring programme run by the organisation ETP Slovenkso, non-Roma adults help Roma children with their career and personal development. It is a strategy that shows much promise, geared at improving the school performance of Roma children and thus enabling them to pursue a secondary education. Switzerland's enlargement contribution is supporting ETP Slovenkso.
At the beginning of February 2015, a delegation from the Slovak national civil protection laboratory undertook specialised training at the SPIEZ LABORATORY. The purpose of this cooperation is to exchange experiences and knowledge on detecting and measuring hazardous chemical and radioactive substances. The exchange is part of a larger project to improve the Slovak rescue services which Switzerland is co-funding within the framework of its contribution to EU enlargement.
Funding the wastewater infrastructure is a priority of Switzerland's enlargement contribution to Slovakia. Switzerland is supporting the construction and expansion of six wastewater treatment plants. In addition, a total of 55 kilometres of sewers are being funded. Switzerland's investment contribution amounts to approximately CHF 27 million. Some 10,000 people in nine municipalities will benefit from these investments.
In mid-November 2014 a conference on "social services for people with disabilities" took place in eastern Slovakia. Switzerland, as part of its enlargement contribution, provides funding to Slovakia of more than CHF 3 million to support three large and 13 small projects for children, young people and adults with disabilities. The projects presented were a basis for discussions during the conference.
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.
The high point of a regional development project in Slovakia was the official opening of a tourist information centre on 28 June 2014. The centre is located in the Slovak Paradise (Slovenský raj) National Park, which attracts some 700,000 visitors every year. The aim of the project is to promote tourism in this high potential region and to create jobs and opportunities for the local people.
07.02.2014 Media release
The Swiss – Slovak partnership project ‘Nature to people − people to nature’ was launched with a seminar on 6 February 2014.
The Poľana Mountains Protected Landscape Area is an UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1990. The middle Slovakian NGO "o.z. Pronatur" is implementing a project focused on fully utilising the advantages of the region's biosphere-reserve status and of concepts behind the biosphere idea.
09.01.2014 Media release
After taking part in the cantonal governments' annual seminar in Interlaken, President of the Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter met the Slovakian foreign minister, Miroslav Lajčák, for an official working lunch. The discussions centred on bilateral relations, relations with the EU, the Swiss OSCE chairmanship and international issues.
Training, Roma integration, help for the homeless, conservation of ecosystems, waste-water management... With a budget of CHF 67 million, Switzerland is active in a number of areas in the Slovak Republic. On the occasion of the official visit to Switzerland of the Slovak minister of foreign affairs, Miroslav Lajčák, on 9 January 2014, below are some examples of ongoing projects.
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Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.