Project applications for the contribution to EU enlargement
Applications for projects are carried out exclusively in the partner countries. Summary of the process of selecting project proposals and the awarding of a contract for supplies and services.
Project proposal selection and contract awarding procedures
The Swiss approach
Transition assistance is implemented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) which is part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) which is part of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA).
The SDC focuses its efforts on good governance, social development, income generation and the setting up of democratic institutions.
|The SECO promotes market economy structures, infrastructure reconstruction, and the development of a competitive private economy.|
The SDC and the SECO operate joint country programmes linked to a binding, multi-year strategy based on the development goals of the partner countries. Switzerland maintains a local presence in 15 transition states. In each country, Switzerland focuses on two to three thematic priorities like healthcare and the environment, or on the promotion of the private economy. This programme approach concentrates the available resources, creates synergies between individual projects, and raises the profile of Swiss cooperation in Eastern Europe in key reform areas. In doing so, Switzerland has a greater voice in political dialogue with the authorities in its partner countries.
The Enlargement Contribution
Here Switzerland focuses on certain thematic priorities in each country. In large-sized countries, the emphasis is placed on less developed remote regions. Partner countries are responsible for identifying projects. While eligible projects are selected by mutual agreement between the partner countries and Switzerland, the financial decisions are made by Switzerland. Project proposals, however, are submitted neither to the SDC nor to SECO, but rather to the National Coordination Unit (NCU) of the respective partner country.
It is most probable that for certain financing lines, somewhat modified procedures will be applied in the implementation of the enlargement contribution destined for Romania and Bulgaria. More detailed information on these modifications will be published further to the signature of the relevant bilateral framework agreements with these two countries.
Additional Information and Documents
- Coopération Suisse avec l'Europe de l'Est
Notre contribution à un continent stable et prospère
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- Selected projects
The following presentations are exemplary samples of SDC work at the project level. It is a current ...