Business development and innovation is a new and important priority area in the new agreement. Innovation Norway will play a central role by facilitating cooperation between small and medium-sized companies in Norway and Greece that are involved in green industry development, blue growth and ICT.
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration is the Norwegian partner for the asylum programme, which will focus particularly on unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups. Greece is the first stop for many migrants and refugees who are trying to reach Europe. European countries share a responsibility to find good solutions to the situation.
The European Wergeland Centre, which is based in Norway, is involved in a project on anti-discrimination and inclusion of refugee children in Greek schools.
Norway has played a part in reducing social and economic disparities in Greece through the EEA Grants since 1994. Poverty reduction and social inclusion of vulnerable groups are still core areas for our support today. Efforts to tackle poverty in Athens will continue during the new funding period.
In addition, Norway is contributing to anti-corruption measures and public sector reform through the EEA Grants.
See the fact sheet for an overview of the programmes that are to be implemented in Greece.
Next steps and open calls In the coming months work will continue to set up the programmes. Open calls for proposal will be announced at a later stage.
Facts about the EEA and Norway Grants
- Under the EEA Agreement, Norway is part of the European internal market.
- The EEA Agreement sets out the common goal of working together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and to strengthen cooperation between European countries. Norway contributes to this through the EEA and Norway Grants.
- EUR 2.8 billion will be available under the grant scheme for the period 2014-2021, to be divided between 15 beneficiary countries. Norway provides some 98 % of this funding; the remainder is provided by Iceland and Liechtenstein.
- EUR 116.7 million will be allocated to Greece.