"Norway Grants are vitally important in helping countries meet international standards and tackle weaknesses in their judicial systems," says Natalia Voutova from the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe is a donor programme partner in five programmes in the fields of judicial capacity building and correctional services.
"The access to justice centres could make a real difference for the judiciary, but also to Romanian society in general," says Audun Hognes Berg from the Norwegian Courts Administration. The Administration is involved as donor programme partner in programmes contributing to improve the judicial systems in Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
Funding is now available for activities strengthening bilateral relations between the Slovak Republic and the three donor countries – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – through the Fund for Bilateral Relations at National Level.
In the second part of our series featuring personal accounts of Polish students who have taken part in the Scholarship Fund exchange programme, we meet Maja Starostecka who spent three months on placement in the Institute of Cancer Research in Oslo.
Every year, millions of wild animals are killed on Europe’s roads. For every animal counted, many more die unnoticed. In Greece, the National Wildlife Observation Network is developing new ways to prevent wildlife from being run over to protect both biodiversity and drivers.
Despite some progress, women in Slovenia continue to be under-represented in politics and business. With funding from Norway, the ‘OPENN’ project is working to identify the barriers that hinder greater female participation.
The Norwegian National Police Directorate (POD) is involved as a donor programme partner in the Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border crime programmes in Bulgaria and Romania. The cooperation gives the Directorate a better understanding of crime that is committed in Norway at the same time as they can share their experience in e.g. using Schengen information sharing and cooperation tools.
It’s back to school time! But across Europe thousands of students will not be heading back to their home university, but rather packing their bags for a study exchange abroad. For many it’s a life-changing experience.
The St Wenceslas Rotunda in Prague, believed lost for over 350 years, was miraculously discovered in 2004. During a recent visit, Norwegian Ambassador, Siri Sletner, saw how the EEA Grants are helping to preserve this valuable part of Czech cultural heritage.
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