Croatia receives 103,4 million EUR for social and economic growth

The MoUs amounting to EUR 103.4 million include programmes for the period 2014-2021 that Croatia and donor countries led by Norway, agreed to implement in order to decrease social and economic disparities and strengthen bilateral ties.


The signing of the MoU marks an important milestone in the implementation of the grants in Croatia and an end of over the yearlong negotiation process. The funds from the Norway and EEA grants are distributed across five sectors aiming to increase competiveness, social inclusion, and energy efficiency as well as to provide support to the civil society and judiciary sector.


Programme areas



Norwegian and Croatian partners

Allocation (in million Euros)

Business development and innovation

Innovations and business sector developemnt, with a focus on blue and green growth,

Innovation Norway


Croatian Chamber of Economy


Decent work

Strenghtening tripartite cooperation

Innovation Norway


Local development and education

Increasing job prospects and equality, especially in underdeveloped areas.

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)

Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds


Renewable energy

geothermal energy and hydropower, including climate change mitigation

Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate


Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund



Justice and home affairs 

Strenghtening the rule of law, improving effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial system, reconstruction of the Municipal court in Split

Norwegian Courts Administration


Ministry of Justice


Civil society  

Promoting active citizenship

(to be decided)



Bilateral relations

Strengthening bilateral ties is at the core of the Grants and approximately 2 million Euros are set aside exclusively for that objective. However, partnerships will also be built during the implementation of programmes. Four Norwegian government agencies and institutions participate in the programme implementation together with relevant Croatian counterparts. The role of Norwegian programme partners is to facilitate strengthening of the ties between Norway and Croatia and assists in the programme implementation.


The next steps

Before the funds become available, the drafting of concept notes which will define in more derails the content of each programme will be performed. Also, the tender for the fund operator of the Civil society fund will be organised. The funds will be eligible until April 2024.


Timeline - factsheet

Facts about the Grants

The EEA and Norway Grants are rooted in the EEA Agreement which makes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway part of the internal European market. Before these countries the EEA agreement sets a common goal for working together for decreasing social and economic disparities in the EU and strengthening cooperation between European countries. To reach these objectives a total of 2,8 million euros has been allocated to 15 European countries for the period 2014-2021. Norway secures almost 98 percent of the funds. To take part in the EEA and Norway Grants, Croatia became eligible in 2013 after joining the EU and becoming the signature the EEA agreement. This is the second programming cycle Croatia partakes since then and in the previous period 2009-2014 Croatia received the support of 9.6 million euros in total.


More about Norwegian partners

Innovation Norway will partner with Croatian Chamber of Economy in the business sector in order to facilitate business development focusing on the blue and green growth. It will also lead the Decent work fund with the objective to improve the tripartite cooperation between employer organisations, trade union and public authorities Innovation Norway is Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. It supports companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.



Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation and Education (SIU) will collaborate with Ministry of Regional development in supporting education and job prospects in underdeveloped areas. A possibility to include the European Wergeland Centre, an additional Norwegian partner in the Local development programme, will be explored. The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) is a Norwegian public sector agency that promotes international cooperation at all levels of education. The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) builds on Council of Europe’s charters and policies and stands as a resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship.


Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and Croatian Environmental Protection and Energy efficiency fund will join forces in implementing energy efficiency programme. NVE ensures environmentally sound management of Norway’s water resources, promotes efficient energy markets and cost-effective energy systems and contributes to efficient energy use. The directorate plays a central role in the national flood contingency planning and bears overall responsibility for maintaining national power supplies. From 2009 NVE is assigned greater responsibility for the prevention of damage caused by landslides.


Norwegian Court Administration and Croatian Ministry of Justice will work on improving effectiveness of the judicial system. The Norwegian Courts Administration (NCA) administers the ordinary courts and the land consolidation courts. It provides support necessary for judges and staff to carry out their roles and to deliver justice efficiently and effectively. The NCA covers a steering role as well as carrying out the administrative and support for the courts. The NCA also holds a superior employer function and works to increase public confidence in the courts.


Memorandum of understanding, EEA Grants

Memorandum of understanding, Norway Grants

Fact sheet in Croatian