Overview: Implementation of the cohesion part of the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states

After all 13 agreements under the second Swiss contribution that are aimed at promoting cohesion have been signed, programmes and projects are being developed and will be implemented by these partner countries in cooperation with Switzerland. This article provides an overview of what these collaborative efforts will involve.

Allocation of the cohesion framework credit

The second Swiss contribution to selected EU member states totals 1.302 billion CHF over a period of ten years (2019–29).

This breaks down into:

  • Cohesion framework credit (1.0469 billion CHF), implemented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
  • Migration framework credit (190 million CHF) implemented by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
  • Federal Administration expenditure (65.1 million CHF)

All of the 13 countries that joined the EU after 2004 (known as the EU-13) have now signed bilateral implementation agreements with Switzerland under the cohesion framework. The amount a partner country receives from the cohesion framework credit depends on population size and GDP per capita. Poland, which has the most inhabitants among the EU-13, will receive the largest contribution totalling 320.1 million CHF. The smallest contribution, amounting to 3.56 million CHF, has been allocated to Malta. Five per cent of the total amount is earmarked for Switzerland's own expenditure and two per cent for project-related expertise from Swiss agencies outside of the Federal Administration. 

The second Swiss contribution’ cohesion part supports five overarching goals and an urban programme in Poland:

Breakdown of the planned allocation of the cohesion framework credit by goal

Projects under the second Swiss contribution are generally pre-financed from the partner country's budget or by the implementing agency, with Switzerland reimbursing these funds periodically. This ensures that Swiss funds are used correctly, as Switzerland only makes repayments after carefully examining the partner country's reimbursement requests and checking the actual outputs. As a rule, partner countries contribute at least 15 per cent of the project costs. 

You can find out more about the migration framework credit here: Migration framework credit – State Secretariat for Migration SEM