The Swiss contribution to Hungary amounts to CHF 131 million. Between now and 2017, 39 projects designed to reduce economic and social disparities in Hungary are implemented. A minimum of 40% of the funding is allocated to structurally weak regions in eastern and northern Hungary. A Swiss Contribution Office has been established in Budapest for the purpose of working closely on project implementation with the National Coordination Unit within the Prime Minister's Office.
Hungary – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
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|Swiss Business Hub|
|Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:|
|Switzerland’s contribution:||131 mio CHF (2007-2012)|
|EU-Funds:||25,3 bn Euro (2007-2013)
21,9 bn Euro (2014-2020)
|General information about the country:|
|Area:||93 000 km²|
|Growth rate (% of GDP):||2.9%|
|Swiss exports to Hungary:||1'078.5 mio CHF|
|Swiss imports from Hungary:||1'078.9 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 indicated below, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The regions «Northern Hungary» and «Northern Great Plain» are vested with priority. With a per capita gross domestic product lying at approx. 42% of the EU-27 average, these regions boast the lowest development indicators in Hungary. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to Hungary 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: 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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EU enlargement contribution for Hungary
Boosting research in ten EU member states
Projects promoting social inclusion of the Roma people and other disadvantaged groups in four EU member states
NGO fund in twelve EU member states
Euroventures IV Venture Capital Fund
A delegation of Swiss MPs visited two projects from the Swiss-Hungarian cooperation programme in April 2016. Representatives from the Hungarian authorities showed their visitors how they use the measurement and analysis equipment and the protection dams co-financed by Switzerland.
Official visit of the President of the Swiss National Council, Christa Markwalder in Hungary from April 12 to 15, 2016.
14.04.2016 Media release
Following the invitation of the President of the Hungarian Parliament, László Kövér, the President of the National Council, Christa Markwalder and a high-level parliamentary delegation officially visited Hungary from 12 to 15 April.
On 12 October 2015, a closing event was held for the NGO fund and the scholarship programme in Miskolc in Hungary. In total, 102 small-scale projects have been implemented, benefiting disadvantaged adults and children or promoting a responsible approach to the environment. In addition, 679 schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds have benefited from a scholarship fund.
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.
Switzerland is improving security at Hungarian courts all over the country with a contribution of CHF 4.2 million. Security checks at the entrances to courthouses are now state of the art, with 104 new walk-through metal detectors and 45 X-ray scanners. Innovative IT solutions now also allow secure and reliable electronic access to court files and central databases.
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.
26.03.2014 Media release
18.03.2014 Media 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.
11.03.2014 Media release
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17.02.2014 Media release
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07.02.2014 Media release
13.01.2014 Media release
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