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Road safety: Croatian project partners visit Switzerland

02.12.2019 — Article EB
A study visit by a Croatian delegation to explore road safety in Switzerland has been successfully completed. Swiss partner organisation Pro Velo along with researchers and transport policy experts all contributed actively to the success of the project with their specialist input. During the visit, Switzerland highlighted how its contribution to the enlarged EU played a significant role and valuable contacts were established.

Vocational training to counter skills shortage in Bulgaria

04.11.2019 — Article EB
In September 2019, a Bulgarian delegation visited various companies, vocational schools and training centres in Switzerland. The Swiss model has inspired Bulgaria's reform of its vocational education and training (VET) into a dual system, to which Switzerland contributed financial support and expertise. The new system includes more practical work and the active participation of companies in the traineeships.

Green investments in Romania

16.08.2019 — Article EB
The Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca has launched a programme to improve its energy efficiency. In support of the programme, Switzerland has funded the energy-efficient renovation of school buildings, the installation of several thousand LED lights on the city's streets and the purchase of electric buses – making a significant contribution to climate change mitigation and improving the quality of life of the city's population.

2018 annual report on Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU

08.05.2019 — Article EB
The 2018 annual report on Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU presents the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way: mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and the delivery of decommissioned trams from Basel to Bulgaria. Parliament is currently deciding on the future of the enlargement contribution. In principle, it has approved a second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states.

Successful Swiss support for research

15.03.2019 — Article EB
A research team in Hungary working on a Swiss-Hungarian research project has developed innovative technologies for the blind and visually impaired. Research continued in Hungary and Switzerland following the completion of the project in 2015, leading to successful results in both countries in the beginning of 2019: Hungary successfully launched an app for the visually impaired and in Switzerland Professor Botond Roska was awarded the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine.

Strengthening human rights-based policing in Bulgaria

08.03.2019 — Article EB
In response to a series of abuses by the Bulgarian police, the authorities are looking to raise professional standards and roll out a human rights-based approach to policing. The Swiss contribution to the enlarged EU is helping Bulgaria implement this project. 

Step by step towards greater sustainability

15.02.2019 — Article EB
2019 is a big year for Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU in Romania: all projects must be completed by December. As the deadline approaches, the achievements of cooperation are becoming ever more tangible. The Romanian city of Suceava, for example, is creating a more sustainable energy supply.

Funding and support programme for Croatian SMEs

04.02.2019 — Article EB
By contributing to the Croatian Eurostars programme, Switzerland supports international research and development undertaken by Croatian SMEs in cooperation with European partners. Successful applicants can use the funding to develop innovative products, processes and services and launch them on the market. Eurostars projects also help create new jobs.

Mobile dam project in Hungary presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos

22.01.2019 — Article EB
The River Tisza in north-eastern Hungary regularly bursts its banks after heavy rains. In order to limit the devastation caused by flooding, Switzerland has financed several risk reduction measures by way of its contribution to the enlarged EU. Mobile dams from Swiss company Beaver Protection Systems Ltd have proven a viable solution for the situation there. It is therefore being presented as a model at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In Croatia's woods 3,585 mines have been defused

20.12.2018 — Article EB
Mines and other explosive remnants of war are a dangerous legacy from Croatia's 1991–96 war and compromise the safety of the local people. Integrating mine victims economically and socially is a challenge for Croatian society. Switzerland's demining project under its enlargement contribution aims to improve life quality for people living in mined areas.

Reducing disparities in the EU

29.11.2018 — Article EB
The Federal Council wants to help new EU member states catch up in economic and social terms with another CHF 1.302 billion contribution. The Council of States approves the contribution in the winter session with reservations.

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