EEA and Norwegian grants launch conference in Romania
Published on 29-10-2013
The EEA & Norway Grants launch conference took place on Tuesday, October 29. The event was opened by the Ambassador of Norway in Romania, Tove Bruvik Westberg, and by the minister of European Funds, Eugen Teodorovici. Guests from Romania and the donor states, representatives of public and private companies, of the central and local public institutions, non-governmental organizations and social dialogue partners were also invited to attend.
Through the EEA & Norway Grants, Romania is to benefit from non-reimbursable financial assistance amounting to a total of about € 306,000,000. The funds are allocated to 22 programmes covering projects in the following areas: environment protection, civil society and improvement of the social condition of the Roma, justice and home affairs, health, research, culture. The representatives of the Ministry of European Funds and of the donor states have recently agreed to allocate the amount of € 55,000,000 to areas such as combating poverty and issues related to the Roma, health (cancer related projects, TB, financing the registry of the population suffering from chronic diseases), civil society, renewable energy, children and youngsters at risk, institutional capacity and green innovation in industry.
During the conference, the representatives of the programme operators presented the programmes and their objectives.
Through the Agreement for the European Economic Area (EEA), three of the EFTA Member States – Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein – belong to the European internal market and contribute to the social and economic development by means of the EEA and Norway grants, from which 15 member states in the east, centre and south of the European Union benefit. Norway is the main donor state, contributing with 97% of the total funds.
The major objectives of the EEA and Norway grants are the reduction of social and economic disparities in the European Economic Area, as well as strengthening the bilateral relations between the donor states and the beneficiary states.
The presentation of the Programme Operators can be downloaded here: