Priorities and channels of support

Norway is a significant bilateral donor to North-Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Norwegian aid aims to support Euro-Atlantic integration, which we see as a key to democracy based on the rule of law, and stability in these three countries and the region.

The overall goal of Norway's assistance to the Western Balkans is to contribute to the development of rule of law and stability through initiatives that promote:

A) Stability (Closer regional cooperation; Implementation of transitional justice in the region; Reconciliation)
B) Socio-economic development at country level and in the region (Increased economic growth and competitiveness; Increased capacity in the field of environment/climate/energy; Increased social and economic inclusion of marginalised groups)
C) Good governance (The rule of law strengthened through capacity-building of courts, prosecuting authorities, independent control bodies and the police; A more democratic and effective defence sector; Strong, vibrant and independent civil society and media; Minorities and marginal groups ensured rights in accordance with international agreements, both formally and in practice; The fight against organised crime and corruption established as a top priority for the authorities)

Norwegian aid to North-Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia is partly managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo and partly by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Since 2017, the Embassy is in charge of bilateral programmes in Serbia and Montenegro and since 2018 in North-Macedonia. Any enquiries about the projects managed by the Embassy should be sent to [email protected].

The MFA is in charge of regional projects.