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

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The Swiss contribution to Poland amounts to CHF 489 million. Between now and 2017, 58 projects designed to reduce economic and social disparities in Poland will be implemented. Roughly 40% of the funding will be allocated to structurally weak regions in south-eastern Poland. A Swiss contribution office has been etablished in Warsaw for the purpose of working closely on project implementation with the national coordination unit (NCU) within the Polish Ministry of Regional Development.



Project results

One of 58 planned projects has already been completed; the rest are currently being implemented. The completed and ongoing projects have begun to show results. Below is an overview based on the five project goals.

Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions

A young researcher at work in a laboratory.
Individual specialist skills and academic exchanges are promoted through study trips to Switzerland. © CRUS

A woman operating a machine.
Regional development initiatives in peripheral and relatively undeveloped areas contribute to the creation of new possible sources of income. © Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (Poland)
  • Research: One hundred and nineteen doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers are taking part in a fixed-term research residency at a Swiss university thanks to a SCIEX-NMS.ch (Scientific Exchange Programme between the New Member States and Switzerland) fellowship.
    Project description

  • Social responsibility of SMEs: Thirty-eight selected SMEs are implementing concrete measures to promote Corporate Social Responsibility. Thanks to training, 15 staff members of regional authorities are now better informed and more aware.

  • Transparent financial reporting: Thanks to their participation in training (in total around 39,500 participant days), authorities and associations have acquired expertise in the area of international standards for financial reporting and auditing.
    Project description

  • Regional development: Switzerland promotes ten local initiatives aimed at strengthening economically weak regions and creating jobs. Thanks to their participation in training, more than 4,000 prospective entrepreneurs have acquired expertise in setting up and running a business. Non-repayable loans have been paid out to 524 start-ups, SMEs and NGOs. Study trips to Switzerland (16) and Poland (9) have taken place with a total of 199 participants.
    The Swiss Support to Regional Development in Poland

  • Getting innovative companies off the ground: Gaining access to long-term financing is a major problem for unlisted Polish SMEs. Venture capital funds are specialised investment companies which, in conjunction with private investors, make venture capital available to growth-oriented SMEs in future-oriented branches of the Polish economy, or invest in them directly. By the end of 2013, four venture capital funds were set up with Swiss support and two investments were made.

 Improving social security

Two women in discussion at a training session.
Nursing staff in this care facility in Lublin province receive training. © Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (Poland)
  • Preventive health care: Various programmes serve to prevent hepatitis C, obesity, and alcohol and tobacco addiction. Some 1,600 schools have taken part in a healthy-eating programme, just under 6,000 people have been tested for hepatitis C, and nearly 200,000 people have taken part in almost 700 local and national events related to the prevention of alcohol and tobacco addiction.

  • Improving social services: The quality of care facilities in the provinces of Świętokrzyskie, Lublin, Małopolska and Podkarpacie is being improved, with infrastructure being renovated and nursing staff receiving training. For example, 262 nursing staff members have begun advanced training.

Protecting the environment

A regional hospital in the north-west of Poland

Solar power instead of coal: A regional hospital uses solar power for hot water. © SECO

A worker disposes of asbestos waste
The inhabitants of the region surrounding Szczucin suffer greatly from asbestos dust. Rehabilitation work funded by Switzerland is reducing the health risks from asbestos. © SECO

  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency: Some 3,000 households and 21 official buildings have been equipped with solar panels to power their hot water supply. The heating systems have been modernised in 16 public buildings. The district heating network in a municipality in the north-west of Poland has been upgraded.
    Project description

  • Asbestos removal: A total of 11,700 tonnes of asbestos have been disposed of responsibly. Thanks to more than 20 awareness-raising events, the local population knows how asbestos can be disposed of safely and neutralised.
    Project description

  • Promotion of biodiversity and nature conservation: Seven projects contribute to protecting the environment: An inventory of 40 rare and protected plant and animal species has been drawn up. A 6km stretch of mountain riverbank has been revitalised. Seventeen migration corridors for red deer, bison, elk, wolves, bears, lynxes and wild boar have been identified and delineated. A total of 26 field studies have been carried out on flora and biodiversity. More than 30 sheep farmers are receiving support. Awareness-raising campaigns on environmental protection have reached 1,700 people.
    Project description

Improving public safety and security

Border crossing in Siemianówka
The official opening of the border crossing in Siemianówka on 10 January 2014 © SDC
  • Improvement of border security and modernisation of border crossings: A number of projects are contributing to improved security along the 1,200 km stretch of border dividing the Schengen area from Belarus and Ukraine. Work to renovate and upgrade the border posts at Połowce and Siemianówka has been completed. The mobile border guard, which is deployed in the hinterland close to the border, has received 70 specially equipped vehicles to help them with border surveillance work and to combat smuggling.
    Project description

  • Support for migration and crisis management: Representatives of local authorities and heads of civil protection from the provinces of  Lublin, Małopolska and Podkarpacie have received training (in all, approx. 98,000 participant days).

  • Improving traffic safety: In six counties of the provinces of Lublin and Podkarpacie road safety has been improved thanks to traffic calming measures. Moreover, 650 traffic police officers have received training in road traffic control and the local traffic police force has been equipped with 12 unmarked police vehicles.
    Project description

Strengthening civil society

Representatives of Myślenice County present four cheques.
The Canton of Valais and Myślenice County are working together to improve first-aid training in schools.
© Myślenice County
  • Partnership fund: Twenty-one partnership projects promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Swiss and Polish municipalities and institutions. An example of this is the cooperation between the Canton of Valais and Myślenice County. Through an exchange of experiences, first-aid training is to be improved in Polish schools.
    Project description

  • Support funding for NGOs: A total of 138 non-governmental organisations obtain funds from a support fund to promote and strengthen civil society's participation in the economic and social development of the country. Of a total of 332 projects, 85 have already been completed. The remaining 238 are at the implementation stage.
    Project description
Last update: 1.04.2014

Focus Areas

In addition to the thematic focus, part of the enlargement contribution is also to be geographically concentrated. The regions of "Lubelskie", "Malapolskie", "Podkarpackie" and "Swietokrzyskie" are vested with priority. With a per capita gross domestic product lying at approx. 35% of the EU-25 average, these regions boast the lowest development indicators in Poland. At least 40% of the enlargement contribution to Poland is to go to the benefit of these regions either directly or indirectly.

The bilateral Framework Agreement with Poland

The Framework (core) Agreement basically sets down the objectives of the contribution, its amount, the form, and the utilization of the financial support, together with the key stipulations on the contribution's implementation which are more specifically detailed in the Annexes.
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Annex 1 of the Framework Agreement contains the principles upon which cooperation is based, describes the main strategic guidelines in implementing the contribution, and specifies the geographic and thematic focuses.
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Annex 2 defines the practical rules and procedures agreed upon, i.e., the procedures for project submission, project approval, project implementation, payment, controlling, and audits – all are described in detail along with specification of the respective responsibilities.
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Finally, Annex 3 contains the procedures for the special financing facilities such as the so-called Block Grants, the Project-Preparation (Seed Money) Facility, the Technical Assistance Fund, and the Scholarship Fund.
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Key figures about Poland

Figures 2013

Figures relating to Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement:
Switzerland’s contribution: 489 mio CHF (2007 – 2012)
EU-Funds: 66,5 bn Euro (2007–2013)
General information about the country:
Population: 38,5 mio
Area: 313 000 km²
Growth rate (% of GDP): 1.6%
Swiss exports to Poland: 2'114,2 mio CHF
Swiss imports from Poland: 1'701,8 mio CHF
Purchasing power with regard to the EU average:


Unemployment rate: 10.4%

Source: Eurostat, Swiss Foreign Trade Statistics (april 2014)


National Coordination Unit (NCU)


Head: Michał Ziętara

Phone: +48 22 273 78 00
Fax: +48 22 273 89 13
Mail: sppw@mir.gov.pl

Ministry of Infrastructure and Development
Department for Aid Programmes
Wspólna Street 2/4
00-926 Warsaw

Office for the implementation of the Swiss enlargement contribution


Head: Roland Python

Postal address:
Swiss Embassy
Swiss Contribution Office
Aleje Ujazdowskie 27
00-540 Warsaw

Phone: +48 22 553 89 20
Fax: +48 22 627 00 46
E-Mail: warsaw[at]sdc.net

Swiss Contribution Office
c/o Bulgarian Embassy
Aleje Ujazdowskie 35

Swiss embassy in Poland