Norway and Slovakia signed the new agreement on EEA and Norway Grants for the 2014-2021 period in November 2016. More than EUR 113 million (1017 mill NOK) has been allocated to nine programmes and funds in Slovakia. Priority areas for cooperation are business, innovation and adaptation to climate change. Other programmes include combating domestic and gender-based violence, social inclusion and improving the situation of the Roma population. Funding will also be used for good governance, cross-border cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine and cultural heritage.
Altogether, nine Norwegian public agencies and institutions will be involved in the implementation of the programmes, and will be responsible for recruiting Norwegian partners to projects. These agencies include Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education, the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, the Arts Council Norway and the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
The programmes in Slovakia provide an excellent opportunity for Norwegian actors that would like to participate in creating a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
Facts about the EEA and Norway Grants
- Under the EEA Agreement, Norway is part of the European internal market.
- The EEA/Norway Grants set out the common goal of working together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and strengthen cooperation between European countries.
- EUR 2.8 billion is available for 15 beneficiary countries under the grant scheme for the period 2014-2021. Norway provides 98 % of this funding, the rest of which is provided by Iceland and Liechtenstein.