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Second Swiss contribution, migration framework credit: Implementation agreement with Italy signed

17.05.2024 — Press releases Europa
On 17 May in Rome, Switzerland and Italy signed an agreement on the implementation of projects under the second Swiss contribution to the migration framework credit. CHF 20 million has been earmarked to fund the accommodation and care of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Italy. This is a further Swiss contribution to addressing migration in Europe. The agreement was signed by State Secretary Christine Schraner Burgener and the Italian head of cabinet of the Ministry of the Interior, Maria Teresa Sempreviva.


Swiss-Polish Research and Innovation Programme

14.05.2024 — Article Schweizer Beitrag
The Swiss-Polish Research and Innovation Programme in the framework of the Second Swiss Contribution provides 41 million Swiss francs for scientists and the opportunity to cooperate with world-class researchers. Calls for basic and applied research open now!


State Secretary Martina Hirayama visits Poland with science delegation

11.04.2024 — Press releases Europa
On 9 and 10 April, Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (ERI), met with Polish government representatives in Warsaw. She opened the kick-off event of the Polish-Swiss research and innovation programme. The visit to Warsaw will strengthen bilateral relations between Switzerland and Poland in the ERI sector.


The new Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme has been launched

13.12.2023 — Article Schweizer Beitrag
The Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme as part of the Swiss Contribution to selected EU member states, was officially launched in Warsaw on 12 December 2023. Over 300 representatives from Polish towns, the research and innovation community, civil society and the private sector attended the event.


Closing Conference of the Croatian-Swiss Research Programme in Zagreb

23.10.2023 — Article Schweizer Beitrag
On 19 October, the closing conference of the Croatian-Swiss Research Programme (CSRP), organised by the Croatian Science Foundation HRZZ, took place in Zagreb. The CSRP initiative aims to promote scientific cooperation between Switzerland and Croatia and is in implementation from 2017 until the end of 2023.


All implementation agreements signed, first projects launched

19.09.2023 — Article Schweizer Beitrag
Switzerland and Slovakia have signed the bilateral agreement on 19 September 2023 on the implementation of the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. Switzerland has thus signed the bilateral implementation agreements for the cohesion part with all partner countries of the second Swiss contribution. The implementation phase now follows.


Greater cooperation with Slovakia

19.09.2023 — Press releases Europa
Switzerland and Slovakia have signed a bilateral agreement on 19 September 2023 on the implementation of the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states. Switzerland will support programmes in Slovakia in the areas of vocational training, sustainable tourism and healthcare amounting to CHF 44.2 million. This means that all 13 bilateral implementation agreements for the second Swiss contribution to strengthen cohesion are under wraps.



Ignazio Cassis signs agreement in Slovenia on implementation of second Swiss contribution

28.08.2023 — Press releases EDA
During a visit to Slovenia, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), today signed an agreement on the implementation of Switzerland's second contribution in Ljubljana. The agreement provides for the financing of projects aimed at improving Slovenia's energy efficiency and developing its renewable energy resources. Mr Cassis also attended the Bled Strategic Forum, where he took part in a panel discussion on the future of multilateralism.


Cultural mediators to support the Italian police and migration authorities

21.08.2023 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag
In 2023, Italy has been facing a high number of disembarkations. In order to facilitate communication between migrants, police and migration authorities, Italy works together with cultural mediators. Switzerland finances the deployment of cultural mediators with the Rapid Response Fund of the Second Swiss Contribution.


Procurement information: Advance notification of backstopping tender in the environmental and climate protection sector

30.06.2023 — Article Schweizer Beitrag
Switzerland is allocating CHF 1.302 billion towards projects under its Second Contribution to selected EU member states. The bulk of Switzerland's Second Contribution (CHF 1.102 billion) is earmarked for projects aimed at reducing economic and social disparities in the 13 states that have joined the EU since 2004. Of this amount, around CHF 400 million is reserved for projects in the field of environmental and climate protection for the benefit of Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. 


Elisabeth Baume-Schneider to visit aid projects in Poland and Slovakia for people who have fled the war in Ukraine

30.06.2023 — Press releases Europa
On 5 and 6 July, Federal Councillor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider will be on a working visit to Poland and Slovakia, two countries neighbouring Ukraine that have taken in large numbers of refugees. Ms Baume-Schneider will visit several aid projects for Ukrainian refugees that are co-financed by Switzerland. She will also meet her counterparts in both countries for bilateral exchanges.

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Implementation of enlargement contribution in Poland

13.05.2009 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag

Switzerland is helping to facilitate access to long-term financing for SMEs in Poland. On 13 May, the Federal Council decided to make CHF 53 million from the enlargement contribution fund available for venture capital investments with a view to enabling job creation in structurally weak regions.


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

25.06.2008 — Article Schweizer Beitrag

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

02.04.2008 — Article Schweizer Beitrag

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

05.03.2008 — Article Schweizer Beitrag

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.


Switzerland's time-honoured cooperation with Eastern Europe receives renewed legal foundation

16.05.2007 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag

The new Federal Act on cooperation with Eastern Europe comes into effect on 1 June 2007. This decision was made by the Federal Council at its meeting today. The Act, which governs Switzerland's cooperation with the states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, was approved by the Federal Parliament on 24 March 2006. The Swiss electorate confirmed the decision in a popular vote on 26 November 2006.


Le Conseil fédéral approuve les crédits-cadre destinés à l’aide traditionnelle en faveur des pays de l’Europe de l’est et à la contribution suisse

15.12.2006 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag

Lors de sa séance d’aujourd’hui, le Conseil fédéral a approuvé deux crédits-cadre : l’ouverture d’un quatrième crédit-cadre de 650 millions de francs pour une période de quatre ans doit permettre de poursuivre l’aide traditionnelle en faveur des pays de l’Europe de l’Est et de l’ex-Union soviétique. Concernant la contribution à l’élargissement accordée aux nouveaux pays membres de l’UE, le Conseil fédéral a approuvé un crédit-cadre d’un milliard de francs.


Federal Act on Cooperation with Eastern Europe accepted in popular vote

26.11.2006 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag

The Federal Council has welcomed the acceptance in the popular vote of the Federal Act on Cooperation with Eastern Europe. They regard the result as an expression of Switzerland's solidarity with the region and as a contribution to the creation of a stable and socially oriented Europe. At the same time, they note, this commitment amounts to a political and economic investment in Switzerland's own interests and for its benefit.


Le Conseil fédéral recommande l’acceptationde la loi sur la coopération avec l’Europe de l’Est

26.09.2006 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag

Le Conseil fédéral a recommandé mardi à Flims l’acceptation de la loi fédérale sur la coopération avec l’Europe de l’Est, soumise à votation le 26 novembre 2006. Cette coopération est un instrument important pour la défense des intérêts de la Suisse en Europe. Il n’en découlera pas de charge supplémentaire pour le contribuable suisse. Le Conseil fédéral était représenté par les Conseillères fédérales Micheline Calmy-Rey et Doris Leuthard, ainsi que par le Conseiller fédéral Hans-Rudolf Merz.



Contribution de la Suisse à l’UE élargie: Signature du Mémoire d’entente

27.02.2006 — Local news Schweizer Beitrag

Le Mémoire d’entente concernant la contribution de la Suisse à l’UE élargie a été signé lundi à Bruxelles. Le Mémoire fixe les modalités générales de l’engagement suisse en faveur des dix nouveaux Etats membres de l’UE. Le document a été signé du côté suisse par la Conseillère fédérale Mme Micheline Calmy-Rey et du côté de l’UE par la Ministre autrichienne des affaires étrangères en charge de la Présidence du Conseil, Mme Ursula Plassnik, ainsi que par la Commissaire européenne aux relations extérieures, Mme Benita Ferrero-Waldner.


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