‘This MoU is a milestone in the already close relationship between Norway and the Czech Republic. It gives us the opportunity to further develop our existing cooperation and to exchange knowledge and skills in important areas of common interest,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen.
Research is an important priority in the MoU. The Research Council of Norway will play a key role together with the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR) in the implementation of the research programme. They will seek to make full use of, and further develop, ties with the business sector.
One key area of research under the the MoU is carbon capture and storage (CCS). Importance is also attached to climate and environmental measures, including measures to adapt to climate change and safeguard biodiversity. Culture is another crucial area for cooperation. This will include cultural exchanges and projects to promote Roma and Jewish cultural heritage. In the field of human rights, the focus will be on anti-discrimination efforts, domestic violence and inclusion of the Roma people.
A total of EUR 184.5 million, or around NOK 1.7 billion at today’s exchange rate, has been distributed between 11 programmes:
Eight Norwegian agencies are involved in the implementation of the programmes.
Facts about the EEA and Norway Grants
See the fact sheet for an overview of the programmes that are to be implemented in the Czech Republic.
6 september, Norway and the Czech Republic signed an MoU on the allocation of the funding under the EEA and Norway Grants for the period 2014-2021. Priorities include research and education, climate change and the environment, human rights, and culture.