8th Annual Meeting of the Swiss Contribution in Hungary

Press release, 19.06.2016

On the occasion of the 8th Annual Meeting of the Swiss-Hungarian Cooperation Programme, Ambassador Raymund Furrer, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), visited Budapest on 18 and 19 May 2016.

Dr Richárd Tarnai, Government Commissioner, Government Office of Pest County, Ulrich Stürzinger, Head of Division, New EU Member States, SDC, Max Schnellmann, Head of SCO Budapest, Jean-François Paroz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Hungary, Raymund Furrer, Ambassador, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, SECO and Dr Szilárd Cserkúti, Head of Department, Government Office of Pest County

During the Annual Meeting on 19 May, the Swiss delegation headed by Ambassador Raymund Furrer, met Deputy State Secretary Zsigmond Perényi and the other Hungarian partners from the National Coordination Unit (NCU). The participants of the Annual Meeting highlighted the fruitful cooperation as well as the already achieved results and the advanced stage of implementation of the Programme. They also discussed the further cooperation during the final year of its implementation.

The day before, the Swiss delegation visited several projects financed by the Swiss Contribution to reduce economic and social disparities in Hungary. It included the energy-efficient rehabilitation of the Immigration Community Shelter sub-project and the drinking water network rehabilitation project in Balassagyarmat; the biodiversity  assessment project for the Carpathian region in Királyrét; and OrthoSera, an innovative start-up company in Budapest that has received equity financing from the Swiss-supported Euroventures venture capital fund.  On 19 May, the delegation also participated in the closing ceremony of the waste monitoring and emissions control project.  

The day after the Annual Meeting, Mr Jean-François Paroz, Swiss Ambassador to Hungary and Mr Max Schnellmann, Head of the Swiss Contribution Office participated in the closing event of the first successfully completed Swiss-financed drinking water network rehabilitation project in the city of Erd (see press releases).

Press release – Waste Monitoring

Press release – Érd Waterworks