Project news

A doctoral researcher taking samples.
Roman Juras collecting samples in Switzerland for his doctoral thesis. He is doing research at the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos © Roman Juras

The SDC and SECO provide regular news and highlights from the Swiss enlargement contribution projects. Besides the latest results and findings they also provide information on important events and short films.

For more current news from the projects, go to the relevant country page.

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Polish President Awards Center for Entrepreneurship Development

Two women hold a plate filled with baked goods.
In the economically disadvantaged Świętokrzyskie region, Switzerland supports tourism, the promotion of local products and entrepreneurship development. © SDC/SECO

Poland, Warsaw, December 2016: On 9th December, Polish President Andrzej Duda awarded the Center for Entrepreneurship Development in Sandomierz with the "For the Common Good" prize. The President's awards were given to individuals and institutions pursuing projects based on civic engagement and providing assistance to others who contribute to building civic society.
For the last 5 years, the Center for Entrepreneurship Development in Sandomierz has been implementing the Regional Development Programme The Swiętorkzyskie Mountains – Our Future supported by Switzerland under the Swiss Contribution. The programme supports local socio-economic development in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains region by creating new jobs outside the farming sector and securing alternative sources of income for rural people. As a result, the tourism offer has been improved in order to generate income and economic perspectives for future generations.

 

Project description (EN)

Positive results: Swiss-Czech partnership fund draws to a close

Three young boys working on a poster.
Within the framework of the partnership fund, the Geneva-based International Institute for the Rights of the Child and the Czech organisation Česko-britská are actively engaged in protecting children’s rights. © SDC

Czech Republic, November 2016 – The work of the Swiss-Czech partnership fund has drawn to a close. The fund, which was set up in 2009, supported specific projects for seven years aimed at promoting cooperation and partnership between Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Within the framework of the final conference of 30 November 2016, various representatives of the two countries took stock: The partnership fund paid for nearly one hundred projects in a number of areas including environmental protection, health promotion and culture, with contributions of between CHF 10,000 and CHF 250,000. In his opening words, Ulrich Stürzinger from the SDC highlighted the significant added value gained from the mutual transfer of knowledge. He also noted that Swiss-Czech cooperation was given a long-term boost by the positive experiences gained. The brochure on the closing event documents the major successes of the partnership fund, providing a general overview of the fund and presenting selected projects in a clear and detailed manner.

Project description (EN)

Partnership fund brochure (en/cz) (PDF, Number of pages 74, 4.2 MB)

Partnership fund factsheet (fr) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 687.8 kB, French)

Swiss-Czech partnership fund website (de/cz)

Czech Republic country page

Exchange between Hungarian and Swiss health professionals

A group of people standing on a bridge.
A project to introduce pilot general practitioner teams has been launched in a disadvantaged region in northern Hungary. © SDC

Switzerland, November 2016 – Primary care practitioners in Hungary took part in an exchange with Swiss health professionals from 29 November to 1 December 2016. The goal of the project was to strengthen skills among Hungarian family doctors, nurses, nutritionists and physiotherapists. Some 15 local practitioners were introduced to the challenges facing the Swiss primary care system – the need to develop home care, the expanded role of nurses, and funding. The meeting also helped the Hungarian participants to develop a long-term vision of the model of care being introduced by the project beyond the current support provided by Switzerland.

Pilot general practitioner teams in North-East Hungary

Demining in Croatia supported by Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU

A man points to a map showing mine-infested areas.
A representative of the Croatian demining organisation CROMAC shows the parts of the Croatian municipality of Petrinja where large areas of land still need to be demined. © SDC

Croatia, Petrinja, November 2016 In Croatia vast tracts of land remain infested with mines. Switzerland is making a contribution to demining efforts to support the government. At the end of November 2016, Stefan Estermann, Swiss ambassador to Croatia, saw for himself the situation in the municipality of Petrinja. He believes that through demining one of the heavily contaminated areas of Croatia, Switzerland can contribute to political goodwill in Croatia. The project is carried out by the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC), which already cooperates with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.

A look at a successful environmental project in Hungary

Five children planting flowers in a classroom.
What we learn as children can influence us later in life. © Educational Institute for Research and Development Hungary

Hungary, September 2016 – The progress that has been made with the recently completed Widening Green Kindergarten and Ecoschool movements projects is extremely positive. More than 1,600 schools and kindergartens were certified with the Ecoschool Awards and Green Kindergarten label. This means that over 60,000 children and 2,000 teachers can benefit from environmental education on the curriculum and a learning environment that is close to nature. Children retain experiences with hands-on, practical involvement. Whether going to the woods or the zoo, playing interactive games on the computer in class, or tending the small kindergarten garden – all of this helps improve the environmental awareness of the next generation.

Widening Green Kindergarten and Ecoschool movements