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Illustration - Thanks to bilateral initiatives, Czech organizations have established or deepened relations with Norwegian and Icelandic partners

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Thanks to bilateral initiatives, Czech organizations have established or deepened relations with Norwegian and Icelandic partners

Organization of seminars for the professional public, creation of joint analysis, improvement of mutual understanding, and often also agreements on ongoing cooperation and joint projects. These are the results of the so-called bilateral initiatives of the Health Programme supported by the EEA and Norway Grants. Their participants focused on sharing experiences, for example in the field of eating disorders, the involvement of peer consultants in care in acute psychiatric wards, or the availability of follow-up care for people with aphasia.

Illustration - Norway grants will help save habitats and endangered species outside protected areas

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Norway grants will help save habitats and endangered species outside protected areas

Up to 200 000 EUR for the conservation of endangered natural habitats and red-listed plant or animal species can be obtained for those interested in the new subsidy Call from the Norway Grants. In the "Rondane” Call, the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic offers a total of EUR 3 million for small rescue projects in localities outside specially protected areas. The submission of applications will start on September 14, 2020.

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.

Financial Mechanism Office is the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants for all beneficiary countries.

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