Norway is announcing an open call for proposals for the Western Balkan countries

Norway is almost doubling its development assistance to the Western Balkans, with an increase from NOK 175 million in 2017 to NOK 319 million in 2018.

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"The countries of the Western Balkans need to implement comprehensive reforms to guarantee democracy, strengthen the rule of law, create jobs and achieve economic and social progress. They are currently among the poorest countries in Europe, some of them with youth unemployment rates of up to 60 %. It is vital for these countries to succeed in their efforts, so that they can once again contribute to development, cooperation and security in Europe. This will be in the interests of both Norway and Europe as a whole," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Norwegian funding is available for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Some of the funding will be allocated to regional projects that include two or more countries, where Macedonia and Montenegro can also take part.

The Ministry of Foreign Affair`s Grants Portal must be used for all applications. Application deadline is 17 April 2018.

More information about the grant scheme and how to apply can be found here.