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.


Objective:

The Swiss financial contribution aims to reduce the economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union and between different regions of development of beneficiary countries.

The amonut earmarked for Romania, under the Swiss - Romanian Cooperation Programme, is 181 million CHF for a commitment period of 5 years and a disbursement period of 10 years, starting form the approval date of the Contribution by the Swiss Parliament.


History:

- On 27 February 2006, was signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of the EU and the Swiss Federal Council, concluded for the 10 Member States that acceded to the EU on 1 May 2004, with regard to the Swiss financial assistance of 1 billion CHF.

- On 20 February 2008, the Swiss Federal Council has decided, subject to approval by the Swiss Parliament, to increase the Swiss financial contribution for Romania and Bulgaria with 257 million CHF.

- On 25 June 2008, was signed the Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding, stating the additional financial contribution to Romania and Bulgaria.

- On 7 December 2009, the additional contribution to Romania and Bulgaria was approved by the Swiss Parliament.

- During the meeting held on 23 June 2010, the Swiss Federal Council approved bilateral framework agreements with Romania and Bulgaria. These agreements cover the content and implementation of the Swiss financial contribution that will benefit the two countries.

- On 7 July 2010, the Romanian Government approved the Memorandum on "Approval of negotiating and signing the Framework Agreement between the Romanian Government and the Swiss Federal Council to implement the Swiss - Romanian Cooperation Programme to reduce economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union".

- On 7 September 2010, at Berne, has been signed the bilateral Framework Agreement between the Swiss Federal Council and the Romanian Government.

Focus areas:

This contribution will finance the following areas: security, stability and support for reforms (border security, management capacity at local and regional levels, modernization of the judicial system, etc..), Environment and infrastructure, promoting private sector, human resources and social development.