Bulgaria – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement

The Swiss contribution to Bulgaria amounts to CHF 76 million. Between now and 2019, nine projects and six thematic funds designed to reduce economic and social disparities in Bulgaria are implemented. A Swiss Contribution Office (SCO) has been established in Sofia for the purpose of working closely on project implementation with the National Coordination Unit within the Ministry of Finance.

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Projects in Bulgaria

Switzerland supports 15 projects in Bulgaria with its EU enlargement contribution

Results in Bulgaria

Switzerland uses its enlargement contribution to promote vocational education and training in an effort to reduce youth unemployment, enable care for the elderly following the Swiss Spitex model and ensure that old pesticides are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way

Bilateral Framework Agreement with Bulgaria

Switzerland has concluded a bilateral framework agreement with Bulgaria. Switzerland decides in consultation with Bulgaria and independently of the EU which projects it will support

Thematic Funds in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria the SDC is working with thematic funds in the areas of public security, the participation of civil society and integration of the Roma and other minorities

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Projects promoting social inclusion of the Roma people and other disadvantaged groups in four EU member states

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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.

Swiss involvement in Bulgaria and Romania: a 5-year review

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08.12.2014 – Article

In December 2014, Switzerland will end the first phase of support for Bulgaria and Romania as part of its enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. In the period from 2009 to 2014 clear objectives for these two states were defined. To achieve them, Switzerland selected 28 specific projects and 13 thematic funds comprising numerous individual projects. All of these projects are due to be implemented by 2019. The SDC and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) are responsible for implementing this support on behalf of Switzerland.

End of commitment period for enlargement contribution to Bulgaria and Romania

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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).


31.05.2013 – Press release
More than 200 projects are now being implemented as part of the enlargement contribution. At the annual conference of Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe on 31 May 2013 in Bern, government representatives and experts from Switzerland and abroad discussed the importance and the impact of these projects. About 750 people took part in the annual conference in the Hotel National, an exceptionally high turnout.

Enlargement contribution: Bilateral framework agreements with Bulgaria and Romania signed

Federal Councillors Micheline Calmy-Rey and Doris Leuthard together with the Bulgarian minister responsible for administering the relief funds from the European Union, Tomislav Donchev, at the signing of the framework agreement between Switzerland and Bulgaria in Bern in 2010.

07.09.2010 – Local news

Bern, 07.09.2010 - The president of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, the Bulgarian Minister for EU Funds Management Tomislav Donchev, and the Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi, signed the bilateral framework agreements with Bulgaria and Romania on September 7, 2010. The agreements stipulate the content and implementation of the Swiss enlargement contribution to those countries. First projects will presumably be selected and implemented towards the end of 2010.

Contribution à l’élargissement: le Conseil fédéral a approuvé les accords-cadres bilatéraux avec la Bulgarie et la Roumanie

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23.06.2010 – Article

Lors de sa séance du 23 juin 2010, le Conseil fédéral a approuvé les accords-cadres bilatéraux avec la Bulgarie et la Roumanie et décidé de procéder à leur signature. Ces accords régissent le contenu et la mise en œuvre de la contribution suisse à l’élargissement en faveur de ces deux pays. Les premiers projets pourront sans doute être sélectionnés et réalisés dès fin 2010.

Enlargement Contribution for Bulgaria and Romania accepted by Parliament

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07.12.2009 – Article

As the second Chamber of the Swiss Parliament to do so, the Council of States followed the National Council on 7 December 2009 in approving the Federal Decree on the enlargement contribution for Bulgaria and Romania This parliamentary decision enables Switzerland to finance projects and programmes designed to reduce the economic and social disparities in Bulgaria and Romania.

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

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25.06.2008 – Article

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.

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The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.

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