At the partnership fund closing event in November 2016, representatives of the Swiss-Czech cooperation programme agreed that the nearly one hundred projects had been a valuable knowledge-sharing experience and had strengthened cooperation ties between the two countries. The general consensus was that the projects backed by the fund helped to reduce social and economic disparities within the Czech Republic.
The partnership fund established as part of Switzerland’s enlargement contribution to the Czech Republic awarded grants of between CHF 10,000 and CHF 250,000 to small-scale projects since 2009. The partners included Czech and Swiss foundations, associations, municipalities and cities.
The partnership fund supported a wide range of projects – from cable cars and non-motorised mobility to cooperation between Czech and Swiss vocational schools – in subject areas that included culture, environmental protection and health promotion. Both Czech and Swiss partners benefited from the cooperation and knowledge exchange. "Projects like these are good for promoting mutual understanding and international cooperation," says Beat Aemisegger, president of the Geopark Sardona association. In 2015–2016 Geopark Sardona worked with Czech partners on a sustainable development strategy for Geopark Ralsko, north of Prague. More information on this and other projects can be found in the photo gallery.
Presentation of projects financed under the partnership fund
The photo gallery introduces five projects that were implemented as part of the Swiss-Czech partnership fund.