Romania–Switzerland relations

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Romanian-Swiss relations
Map indicating locations of Romania and Switzerland



Romanian-Swiss relations are foreign relations bilateral between Romania and Switzerland. The diplomatic relations between both countries have been established in 1911, first at legacy level, and subsequently raised to embassy level on December 24, 1962. Romania has an embassy in Bern and Switzerland has an embassy in Bucharest.

Since the 1990s, Switzerland has helped Romania financially, for a total sum of 140 million Swiss Francs between 1996 and 2006, and an additional 23 million Francs in 2006-2007. Switzerland has become the 12th largest foreign investor in Romania.[1] In 2005, Romania exported goods to Switzerland for a total of 206 million Swiss Francs, with Switzerland exporting for 547 million Swiss Francs to Romania, making Romania the biggest partner of Switzerland in South-West Europe.[2] By 2006, this had increased by 26% from Romania and 38% from Switzerland.[3]

With the entrance of Romania into the European Union, Switzerland increased its monetary aid to Romania to 181 million Swiss Francs. Import and Export had increased massively, with Swiss exports reaching 490 million Francs in the first quarter of 2008 alone, or nearly the total for the full year 2005. Imports from Romania to Switzerland reached 109 million in the same quarter. Swiss investments in Romania were visible in the 120 Swiss companies in the country, with more than 10,000 employees in total.[4]

Plans to build a combined Swiss-Austrian prison in Romania to detain Romanian criminals from both countries was put on hold in 2004. Switzerland only had 28 prisoners with the Romanian nationality in 2003, which made it into a low-priority solution, said Justice Minister Christoph Blocher.[5]

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  1. ^ "Les relations économiques entre la Roumanie et la Suisse s’amélioreront après l’adhésion à l’UE, estime la ministre suisse des AE" (in French). Investir en Roumanie. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Micheline Calmy-Rey est en visite officielle en Roumanie" (in French). Swissinfo. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Suisse-Roumanie: du pain sur la planche" (in French). Swissinfo. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Doris Leuthard en Roumanie, sur fond de libre circulation" (in French). RSR. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "La prison austro-suisse en Roumanie attendra" (in French). TSR. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 

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