Fundamental values“It is vital for Norway that the EEA and Norway Grants are based on fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law and the respect for human rights. Norway will demand that fundamental requirements regarding the rule of law and democracy are set out in the text of the agreement with the EU,” she added. “Support for civil society has been an important component of the scheme up to now. We intend to increase the proportion of funding allocated for this purpose in the next period,” Eriksen Søreide accentuated.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reviews the results of the EEA and Norway Grants on an annual basis. The 2020 status report has just been published. It shows that 1,600 projects are currently underway.
Norwegian actors participate as partners in almost half of these projects.
Parallel negotiations will be conducted on tariff quotas and other refinements to the trade regime for fish and marine products to the EU. An agreement on a new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants is contingent on a satisfactory agreement on market access for fish and marine products.
- Under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme, the EEA member states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein contribute to the reduction of social and economic disparities in Europe and strengthen cooperation between European countries.
- EUR 2.8 billion is available under the grant scheme for the period 2014–2021, distributed among 15 beneficiary states. Norway provides over 97 % of this funding; Iceland and Liechtenstein provide the remainder.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance