The new Programme „Human Rights, Roma Inclusion and Domestic and Gender-based Violence” was officially launched at a conference in Prague on 13 March 2019. Within the programming period of Norway Grants 2014 - 2021 more than half billion of Czech Korunas will be distributed by the Ministry of Finance (the Programme Operator) among projects aimed at human rights protection, inclusion of Roma in Czech society, Roma empowerment, prevention of domestic and gender-based violence and protection of victims.
Wondering why states as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein contribute financially to the Czech Republic and other European countries? What are in fact the EEA and Norway Grants and why do they really exist? Which areas will be supported in the third period of the EEA and Norway Grants? Please watch our video to get all this interesting information.
The third period of the EEA and Norway Grants in the Czech Republic was officially launched in the Planetarium Prague on 20 February 2019. At the same time the Programme Agreements of the Programme “Culture“ and Programme “Environment“ were ceremonially signed.
EEA AND NORWAY GRANTS
The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.
The Czech Republic has been a recipient of this financial support since 2004 when we joined the European Union and therefore the European Economic Area (EEA) as well.
Since 2004 the EEA and Norway Funds have supported a number of interesting projects for more than CZK 6 billion in the Czech Republic. Currently the Czech Republic is the fifth biggest recipient after Poland, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria.
The Memoranda of Understanding for a current third programming period of the EEA and Norway Grants were officially signed at the Anežský klášter premises in Prague on 4th September 2017. The Czech Republic will receive EUR 184.5 million (approximately CZK 5 billion) in the new period. Supported will be projects focusing primarily on research and innovation, environmental protection, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation, public health, education and cooperation in justice. Great emphasis is given on human rights, the inclusion of Roma and the development of civil society.
The new period also offers great opportunities for bilateral projects and activities.
The launch of the first calls is expected at the turn of 2018 and 2019. All projects will have to be completed by 30 April 2024 at the latest.
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