Ukraine is a priority country of Switzerland’s transition cooperation with Eastern Europe. Switzerland is committed to Ukraine’s internal cohesion, which concerns democratic governance as well as social and economic development that is as inclusive as possible. SECO operates in energy efficiency and sustainable urban as well as economic development.
SECO, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Human Security Division (HSD) jointly define and implement the Swiss Cooperation Strategy in Ukraine.
What are SECO’s objectives?
Swiss support in Ukraine covers the following domains of intervention: local governance and peacebuilding, health, energy efficiency and sustainable urban development, sustainable economic development, as well as humanitarian aid. SECO’s main focus is on:
A dependable energy supply and eco-friendly urban development
SECO helps public authorities offer cost-efficient and reliable public services such as heating systems using renewable energy sources. It encourages greater energy efficiency and the use of environmentally conscious technologies in both the public and private sectors. It supports SMEs switching to greener and more efficient production methods, resulting in higher standards of living and health.
Sustainable economic development
SECO facilitates capital access for private firms. It encourages banks to offer services designed for small businesses, especially in the agricultural sector. SECO also supports SMEs’ training programmes. It helps the Ukrainian government bring in business-enabling reforms (such as measures to combat corruption, create transparency or minimise bureaucracy). SECO also promotes SMEs’ exports and the development of organic farming.
From 2015 to 2019, a total of some CHF 111 million is earmarked for Swiss transition cooperation with Ukraine, of which around CHF 62 million is from SECO.