Romania managed to commit 100% of Swiss grants

The funds allocated to Romania under the Swiss financial contribution, amounting to 181 million Swiss francs (CHF), were commited 100%, within the deadline set by the bilateral agreement to this effect.

The financial contribution for Romania was approved by the Swiss Parliament in 2009, as part of the participation of the Swiss Confederation to reduce economic and social disparities within the European Union. On 7 September 2010, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Swiss Federal Council concerning the implementation of the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme to reduce economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union" was signed in Berne. The commitment of funds had to be done until the end of 2014 and the payments can be made by the end of 2019.

The commitment of the entire Swiss contribution is the basis for ensuring a high degree of absorption. The decisive factor in the success of full commitment of funds consists in the excellent cooperation between Romanian and Swiss authorities and between authorities and nongovernmental sector. Romanian and Swiss authorities will pursue the compliance with the commitments undertaken through projects so that the implementation phase to bring concrete progress for the development of areas receiving funding.

Over 250 projects were approved during the commitment period. Areas and projects were selected in terms of their relevance for Romania's development: promoting economic growth and business support, improving working conditions, promoting sustainable energy management, improve public safety and security, education, research and strengthening the civil society.