Norway and Greece signed a new cooperation agreement under the EEA Grants on 31 October 2017. The Norwegian State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte signed on behalf of Norway, while the Greek side was represented by the Alternate Minister for Economy and Development Alexis Charitsis. In this video they explain what the agreement is about and what the priority areas are. €116.7 million have been allocated to a total of 9 programmes and funds in Greece for the coming seven years.
What are the EEA and Norway Grants?
The Grants represent the contribution of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to reducing economic and social disparities, and strengthening cooperation with 15 EU countries. The basis for the Grants is the EEA Agreement. In its essence, the Grants are about working across borders, striving for economic and social growth, and continuously aiming to build a better future.
Possibilities for project funding.
- Business Development, Innovation and SMEs:The Business Innovation Programme is aiming to increase value creation and sustainable growth in the Greek business sector. The Fund Operator is Innovation Norway, with The Hellenic Fund for Entrepreneurship and Development S.A. (ETEAN) as Programme Partner. Call for Proposals Business Innovation Greece is open. Deadline 1 October 2019
- Active Citizens Fund Greece: The program aims to develop the capacity of the civil society sector. The Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow. You can find all the Open calls at the website Activecitizensfund.gr
Open Calls are also announced at the websites of the EEA and Norway Grants and the National Focal Point for the EEA & Norway Grants: Υπουργείο Οικονομίας & Ανάπτυξης, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The agreement of the new funding period for Greece was signed in Athens in October 2017. Areas of support are:
- Innovation, Business Development and SMEs
- Roma inclusion and Empowerment
- Local Development and Poverty Reduction
- Water Management
- Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
- Good governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency
- Asylum and Migration
- Civil Society
- An overview of the programmes that are to be implemented can be seen in this Fact sheet. New funding period 2014-2021.
How and where the Grants are channelled has been decided jointly by the Greek state and the Donor countries. Their decisions are reflected in the MOU with Greece. Details of the fundings are made in the various programmes' concept notes, following stakeholder consulatations which are inclusive dialogues with representatives from the Government, the wider public sector, the civil society, the academia and the private sector.
Previous funding periods - What has been achieved?
Greece has received funding since the EEA Agreement entered into force in 1994. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are joining forces in this funding, with Norway contributing the majority of the funding. You can here read a summary of what was achieved in previous funding periods, and below you will find an overview of what has been funded in the various funding periods: