In the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-20 the EU dedicates about EUR 1 trillion to help Europe fight unemployment and support economic growth. The EU budget is mostly an investment budget and is used in areas where it makes sense to pool resources for the good of Europe as a whole.
European funds contribute to healthier food, better roads, railways and airports, a cleaner environment, higher security at the EU’s external borders, studying opportunities abroad and cultural exchanges. The budget for Poland for the years 2014- 2020 consists primarily of cohesion policy (EUR 82.2 bn) and the Common Agricultural Policy (EUR 32.1 bn).
The biggest operational programme is the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme with the allocation of EUR 27.4 bn. It is followed by Smart Growth Operational Programme with EUR 8.6 bn at disposal. The focus of the first one is put on development and modernisation of Polish railways, roads, bridges and energetic sector. The second one fosters innovation and R&D spendings. Both of these areas open many business opportunites for Swiss companies providing state of the art solutions for various applications.
Swiss companies also benefit from the projects co-financed from the European Union. Great examples are companies like Stadler Rail, Schindler or Hoval that have been since years operating successfully in Poland. Each Swiss company offering high-tech solutions and interested in entering the Polish market is advised to monitor new projects co-financed from the European Union Funds.
Find more information on business opportunities for Swiss companies in Poland in the report located in the download section.