Estonian-Swiss co-operation programme

In 2007–2012, the Swiss Confederation supported socio-economic development of Estonia with approximately 370 million Estonian kroons (23.6 million euros).

Eight large-scale projects are financed from the funds of the Estonian-Swiss co-operation programme; in addition, allocations are made to third sector organisations and as research grants. Implementation of the co-operation programme is co-ordinated within the administrative area of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications by the Foreign Financing Department.


Energy efficiency programme of public buildings 


By 2020, all the new public buildings, built in the European Union, must be nearly zero-energy buildings.

Opportunities for generating energy at the location of the building must be used to achieve such an energy performance, combined with highly efficient use of energy. Project called “Enhancing energy performance of public buildings and development of new building standards helps to keep moving in he desired direction.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications implements the project in the sphere of reconditioning and modernisation of basic infrastructure and improvement of environment.

According to the framework agreement of the Estonian-Swiss co-operation programme, the Ministry will be allocated 6.5 million Swiss francs or approximately 5.4 million euros for the implementation of the programme. The project agreement was signed on 25 May 2012 and it will take approximately three years to implement the programme.

The project aims at diminishing the emission of greenhouse gases and other waste by increasing the energy performance of public buildings and development of new building standards.

Within the framework of the project, four local government buildings will be reconstructed and built, as an example, to increase the awareness of people of low energy buildings and to test new energy performance standards during the project preparation stage.

The buildings to be constructed and reconstructed will show the local governments, participating in the project, and other stakeholders, what should be taken into consideration when designing, constructing, reconstructing, using and maintaining a nearly zero-energy building.

Energy consumption in the sample buildings will be considerably more efficient than in standard buildings.

Two projects will include the reconstruction of:

  • Rakvere Elementary School into a low-energy consumption kindergarten building

  • Haapsalu kindergarten Vikerkaar into an energy efficient kindergarten building

  • Väätsa Basic School into a low-energy building

  • Alu Education Centre into an energy efficient building in Rapla County

Two projects will include the construction of:

  • Energy efficient house for the elderly in Väätsa rural municipality

  • Energy efficient kindergarten building at Lasva, Lasva rural municipality


Last updated: 26 January 2016