Estonian-Swiss Cooperation Programme
Switzerland supports Estonia and other new EU member states through a cooperation programme aimed at reducing economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union. In 2004 Switzerland allocated 1 billion Swiss francs to now 12 new member states. The aid provided to Estonia amounts to around 33 million euros. The objectives and utilisation conditions are set forth in each country's Framework Agreement.
The Framework Agreement of the cooperation programme was signed on 20th of December 2007 in Bern. In the name of the Estonian Government the Framework Agreement was signed by the Minister of Finance Mr Ivari Padar and in the name of the Swiss Federal Council the Framework Agreement was signed by the president Ms Micheline Calmy-Rey and Ms Doris Leuthard.
The Framework Agreement stipulates that Switzerland will support the economic and social development of Estonia with 39,92 million Swiss francs (about 33 million Euros) in 2007-2012. Additionally, the Framework Agreement also sets out the general conditions and forms of this financial support (projects, programmes, technical assistance fund and special allocations).
For more information contact: Taisi Valdlo, Chief Specialist Foreign Assistance Department
611 3496, taisi dot valdlo at fin dot ee