The Swiss contribution

The Swiss contribution in brief

Since 2007, Switzerland has been participating in various projects designed to reduce the economic and social disparities in an enlarged EU, with CHF 1.302 billion

Legal basis

The legal basis for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement can be found in the Federal Act of 24 March 2006 on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe

Swiss interests

The Swiss contribution is an integral part of Swiss foreign policy on Europe which aims to consolidate Switzerland’s relations with the EU and its member states

EU enlargement in Eastern Europe

For the EU, strengthening economic and social cohesion is a key concern. Switzerland is helping to overcome these challenges by making its own independent contribution.

EU cohesion policy and EEA funding mechanism

The resources of the EU earmarked for its regional and cohesion policies for 2014–20 amount to more than EUR 350 billion. The three EFTA/EEA states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are contributing approximately EUR 2.8 billion for the period 2014-21.

Exchange rate gains

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Correct use of funds

Switzerland monitors the project selection process in the partner country, examines the tendering process and supervises project implementation

Economic and social imbalances within the EU

Although the new EU member states are catching up, significant economic and social disparities remain. Average per capita income in these countries is still clearly below that of the other member states.


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