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Launch of EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation in Brussels

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein have launched a new financing mechanism called 'EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation'.

The €34.5 million fund runs parallel to the EEA and Norway Grants and specifically targets transnational European project initiatives. "We support cross-border cooperation between EU member states and neighbouring countries as this will promote stability and increase prosperity in Europe," said Norwegian State Secretary Audun Halvorsen on the occasion of the launch.

Consortiums involving three or more countries may apply for funding for a wide range of programme areas such as research, public health challenges, children and youth at risk, human rights and civil society. A full list of priority sectors can be accessed here. Participating entities may include donor countries, EU beneficiary countries as well as 10 non-EU neighbouring countries. Entities in 26 different countries are eligible for funding.

More than 130 participants from various EU institutions, country representations and other organisations attended the launch in Brussels on 24th January, where the ambassadors to the EU of Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway were among the speakers.

The EEA Agreement, which admits the three donor countries to the European internal market, aims to reduce economic and social disparities in Europe. This fund is a contribution to reaching these goals. Between 1994 and 2021, the EEA and Norway Grants will amount to €6.1 billion. To find out more about previous and ongoing projects, visit the grants database.

The deadline for the first step of the application process is 1 July 2018. Projects are expected to start in 2019.

Picture from credit: Mathias Ulstein, Mission of Norway to the EU