Romania – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement


Between 2009 and 2019, Switzerland contributed CHF 181 million to the successful implementation of 17 projects and seven thematic funds in Romania.

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Projects in Romania

Switzerland supports 59 projects in Romania with its EU enlargement contribution

Results in Romania

Switzerland uses its enlargement contribution to take part in a capital and loan fund to create jobs, support the Romanian police reforms and promote a sustainable energy policy

Bilateral Framework Agreement with Romania

Switzerland has concluded a bilateral framework agreement with Romania. Switzerland decides in consultation with Romania and independently of the EU which projects it will support

Thematic Funds in Romania

In Romania the SDC is working with thematic funds in the areas of health, public security, civil society, research, and integration of the Roma and other minorities

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Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: 2018 Annual Report

Information on the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way, e.g. mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and decommissioned trams from Basel improving Bulgaria's public transport system. The report also briefly explains the background to the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member countries.



Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017

The ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 have completed their projects under the enlargement contribu-tion. SECO and the SDC have taken stock of the last decade and published the results in their 2017 annual report. The projects have made a significant contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe. Switzerland was also able to use its expertise to make a meaningful contribution to a number of projects.






The Swiss Enlargement Contribution Interim report for the end of the commitment period in Bulgaria and Romania 2009–2014






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Enlargement contributions for Bulgaria and Romania - Political declaration of intent signed

Train and landscape

25.06.2008 – Article

Switzerland, along with the EU, signed the political declaration of intent in Brussels on Wednesday to support the two newest EU member states, Bulgaria and Romania. In it Switzerland set its enlargement contribution for the two states at CHF 257 million. This declaration in the form of an addendum to the existing memorandum of understanding has been made with a reservation pending approval of the contribution by the Swiss Parliament.


Contribution à l'élargissement en faveur de la Bulgarie et de la Roumanie: Entente avec l'UE sur les modalités

Houses in Plovdiv (Bulgary)

02.04.2008 – Article

Le Conseil fédéral prévoit d'apporter son soutien à la Roumanie et à la Bulgarie par une contribution à l'élargissement d'un montant de 257 millions de francs. Les négociateurs de la Suisse et de l'UE se sont entendus, ce mercredi, sur les modalités générales de cette contribution. Le texte convenu entre les deux parties détermine la clé de répartition ainsi que les domaines couverts par les programmes et les projets. Cet arrangement doit encore être approuvé par le Conseil fédéral. Il constitue une déclaration d'intention et n'est, juridiquement parlant, pas contraignant.


Contribution à l'élargissement en faveur de la Bulgarie et de la Roumanie

Two women with a dog (Bulgaria)

05.03.2008 – Article

Le Conseil fédéral entend soutenir les deux derniers Etats à avoir adhéré à l'UE, la Roumanie et la Bulgarie. La Suisse doit poursuivre son engagement à réduire les disparités économiques et sociales en Europe grâce à une nouvelle contribution à l'élargissement en faveur de ces deux pays. Celle-ci équivaudra, grosso modo, à l'aide qu'elle octroyait auparavant aux deux Etats. La Suisse va s'engager sur cinq ans à hauteur de 257 millions de francs pour des projets qu'elle avalisera elle-même. Les déboursements effectifs devraient s'échelonner sur une dizaine d'années. Cette contribution doit être approuvée par le Parlement sous forme de crédit-cadre et elle sera intégralement compensée sur le budget fédéral général.

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Publisher DEZA/SECO

The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.


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