Partnership Fund Poland

Project completed

The Partnership Block Grant contributes towards promoting and
enhancing the partnership between regions, institutions and
social partners of Poland and Switzerland.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Strengthening civil society
Bilateral partnerships
31.05.2009 - 31.12.2015
CHF  3’400’000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The existing Swiss-Polish partnerships were established with the rather general intention of having a foreign partner city/commune. At the moment the activities within these partnerships are limited in terms of intensity and scope. According to a recent assessment, local authorities are becoming
more interested in the development of economic cooperation and the exchange of good practices than in simple networking. The need for a relevant promotional campaign addressed to the Polish and the Swiss local authorities was identified.


The programme will allow relations and the cooperation between Switzerland and Poland to be reinforced. The Partnership Block Grant will allow the creation or renewal of partnerships and enhance the network of cooperation between Polish and Swiss local authorities, institutions and social partners to promote and exchange best practices and transfer know-how in various thematic areas through specific projects.

Target groups

Municipalities, Institutions and Social Partners

  • 90 project proposals analysed
  • Monitoring of 30 projects granted the assistance
  • Regular reporting on progress of grant implementation to the NCU/SDC
  • General administration of the Fund and control of the financial flow



Achieved results:  

  • 21 parternship projects implemented, with 5 projects holding the potential for continuation beyond the project duration
  • 30 study visits to Switzerland with 384 participants
  • 25 conferences, workshops or seminars organised by Swiss partners in which 147 Polish partners participated
  • 14 study visits of Swiss partners to Poland
  • 52 conferences, workshops or seminars organised by Polish partners in which 121 Swiss partners participated 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Other partners

Executing Agency: ECORYS Polska and The Association of the Polish Municipalities in the Euroregion Baltic

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’400’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’347’658
Project phases

Phase 1 31.05.2009 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)