Romania was one of the countries that received support within the framework of the first Swiss contribution and is now receiving support through the second one. The first contribution (enlargement contribution) to Romania amounted to CHF 181 million. With it, Switzerland contributed to the successful implementation of 17 projects and seven thematic funds by 2019. The majority of the projects' objectives initially set were achieved and in some projects even exceeded.
The thematic funds focusing on security, civil society, partnerships, the integration of Roma communities, health, and research and scholarships were managed by Swiss institutions.
Romania is also one of the recipients of the second Swiss contribution (cohesion contribution), receiving the second largest contribution (CHF 221.5 million) after Poland. The second Swiss contribution was approved by the Swiss parliament on 3 December 2019 and released on 30 September 2021. On 30 June 2022, Switzerland and the EU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Brussels that sets out the contribution's key elements, such as its amount, distribution among the partner countries, thematic priorities, principles for cooperation, and implementation.
The second Swiss contribution provides for continued engagement in the areas in which the first contribution was deployed in Romania. These areas include dual education, energy efficiency, research and innovation, public safety, health, and civil society.
Romania – Partner country for the Swiss enlargement contribution