Improving social security
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.
The projects target the five focal points basic health services, hospital modernisation, prevention, social services for certain target groups and various social services such as easier access to schools in rural areas and improved medical emergency services. Switzerland's specialist knowledge flows into all these projects. In four Bulgarian municipalities, for instance, a mobile care service was introduced that is based on the Swiss "Spitex" model.
Capacity building of forensic experts
Increase the integrity of prosecutors and prosecuting the new challenges in oganized crime
Strengthening the legal and institutional capacity of the judical system in the field of juvenile justice
Strengthening youth protection and juvenile delinquency prevention
Prevention of thb and the identification, protection, support, return & reintegration of victims of trafficking
Strengthening human-rights based policing
Overcoming institutional capacity gaps to counter corruption and organized crime
Thematic fund security
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Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017
Swiss Enlargement Contribution: Annual Report 2017
The rights of the child are still largely unknown in the Czech Republic. The International Institute for the Rights of the Child, which is based in Switzerland, and the Czech non-profit organisation Česko-britská are working together to promote children's rights in the Czech Republic. Their partnership has produced three publications.
26.04.2015 Local news
26 projects financed through the Swiss - Romanian Cooperation Programme
The Roma population in Slovakia suffers from high levels of unemployment. Many of them cannot find work, as they have a lower level of education and often cannot speak Slovak. Within the framework of a mentoring programme run by the organisation ETP Slovenkso, non-Roma adults help Roma children with their career and personal development. It is a strategy that shows much promise, geared at improving the school performance of Roma children and thus enabling them to pursue a secondary education. Switzerland's enlargement contribution is supporting ETP Slovenkso.
In mid-November 2014 a conference on "social services for people with disabilities" took place in eastern Slovakia. Switzerland, as part of its enlargement contribution, provides funding to Slovakia of more than CHF 3 million to support three large and 13 small projects for children, young people and adults with disabilities. The projects presented were a basis for discussions during the conference.
Federal Council opens consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe
17.12.2014 Press release
The Federal Council has opened the consultation on the continuation of the Federal Act on Cooperation with the States of Eastern Europe (Eastern Europe Cooperation Act). The current act is still valid until the end of May 2017. A timely prolongation should enable the seamless continuation of cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The consultation will last until 31 March 2015.
08.12.2014 Press release
The commitment period of the enlargement contribution for Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, ended on 7 December. In all, 13 thematic funds and 28 projects totalling CHF 257 million were approved. The Swiss commitment aims to eradicate social and economic disparities in the enlarged European Union (EU).
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter travelled to Lithuania and Latvia from 29 July to 1 August for working meetings. Among other stops on his schedule, he visited two projects supported by Switzerland as part of its enlargement contribution.
Within the scope of the Swiss Enlargement Contribution to the Reduction of the Economic and Social Disparities in the enlarged European Union, a total of 10 projects for old-age-care homes have been granted funding totalling close to CHF 15 million. The enlargement contribution is also supporting two projects aimed at the modernization of the justice system. One of the projects is concerned with the successful reintegration of delinquents. In October 2011, Peter Künzle, a journalist at Swissinfo, paid a visit to the senior citizens home in Vsetin before going to Prague to get an idea for himself as to why it is so crucial for criminal offenders to be successfully reintegrated. The articles can be found below under the corresponding links.
21.12.2011 Local news
On 20 December 2011, Switzerland and Lithuania signed two project agreements to improve the provision of health care to mothers and children in Lithuania. Switzerland is contributing a total of CHF 45.6 million to the two projects.
20.04.2011 Local news
The Federal Council has decided to allocate CHF 45.6 million to a programme for improvement of maternity and child care in Lithuania as part of Switzerland's enlargement contribution to the newly acceded EU countries. It will be jointly financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
On 26 January 2011, the Tallinn Children’s Hospital received the new automated gait orthosis “Pediatric Lokomat”. This apparatus, co-financed with the funds of the Swiss Enlargement Contribution, is meant to help children with neurological illnesses and injuries improve their ability to walk. On the same day, the new Estonian Forensic Science Institute in Tallinn, in which equipment financed by Switzerland has been installed for use, was officially inaugurated.
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Promoting renewable energy, creating employment and strengthening civil society: the final review of Switzerland's enlargement contribution summarises the results of the Swiss-backed projects.
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.
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 report shows the results and the state of progress, e.g. in the dual vocational training programme in Slovakia, the fight against human trafficking in Bulgaria and Romania, the rehabilitation of a port in Latvia, and a venture capital fund in Hungary. In addition, it covers the national programmes which have come to a close in Estonia and Slovenia and presents the new programme in Croatia.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs present an interim balance sheet on the first five years since the approval of the Enlargement Contribution to the new 10 EU-Member States. The projects are to be implemented within another five year period, i.e., by 2017.