Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU
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Partner countries in Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement
CHF 116 million of the enlargement contribution flows into projects for improving public safety in the partner countries
The Swiss enlargement contribution provides CHF 105 million for financing projects that strengthen civil society
CHF 479 million of the enlargement contribution is used for environmental protection projects
Switzerland supports projects with CHF 333 million in its partner countries
Switzerland invests around CHF 180 million in a broad range of social security measures in the partner countries. The focus is on elderly and sick people and youth support
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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
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
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
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.
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.
Switzerland monitors the project selection process in the partner country, examines the tendering process and supervises project implementation
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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Bern, 08.06.2020 – Since 2007, Switzerland has been supporting 249 projects in 12 of the 13 countries that joined the EU in 2004. These are the results.
Bern, 20.01.2020 – Over the last ten years, Switzerland supported 93 projects aimed at reducing economic and social disparities in Bulgaria and Romania
Bern, 18.10.2019 – Cycling in Bern: Croatian and Swiss representatives discuss road safety.
Bern, 04.11.2019 – Switzerland's vocational education and training model has inspired Bulgaria to adopt its own dual system. More than 170 companies are now taking part.
Parliament approved Switzerland's second contribution subject to the EU not adopting any discriminatory measures against Switzerland.
Promoting renewable energy, creating employment and strenghtening civil society: the final review of Switzerland's enlargement contribution summarises the results of Swiss-backed projects.
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An independent evaluation confirms good results with regard to the implementation of Switzerland’s enlargement contribution on behalf of the new EU member states.
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.