Cultural heritage is an important priority area for the EEA and Norway Grants. This month's guest writer is Jørn Holme, who heads the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, which is responsible for ensuring that Norway’s cultural heritage is properly protected and conserved.
EEA and Norway Grants successes in Bulgaria pave way for strengthened cooperation in new funding period. A photo exhibition featuring some of the 66 financed projects and funds will travel across Bulgaria over the next two months.
“We must continue to ensure the promotion of good projects that effectively contribute to reducing social and economic disparities in Europe,” said Norwegian State Secretary Erik Lahnstein during a seminar on the EEA and Norway Grants held recently in Brussels.
The 27 projects financed by the Short Term Expert Fund of the Norway Grants have now been completed. The fund has aimed to raise the level of knowledge and develop professional skills in the Latvian public sector.
Our guest writer, Yiannis Papadakis from the University of Cyprus, presents the situation in Cyprus and how initiatives such as the Home for Cooperation are needed to overcome distrust and help towards creating a dialogue among opposing historical narratives between the two communities in Cyprus.
The Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels is the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants and reports to the Foreign Ministries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. We are currently recruiting a Head of Legal Affairs to supervise all the legal work of the grant schemes in the 2009-2014 funding period.
The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) in Brussels is the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants and reports to the Foreign Ministries of the three donor states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. We are currently recruiting a Senior Sector Officer for Public Health Initiatives to join our team working on the grant programmes for the 2009-2014 funding period.
The FMO is recruiting Senior Legal Officer(s) to its team working on the 2009-14 funding period. He/she will provide legal support in relation to the preparation and revision of grant agreements with the beneficiary states, and the implementation of programmes.
An important EEA and Norway Grants event will take place on 8 March, marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Stakeholders from donor states, beneficiary states and EU-level bodies and organisations will discuss how to ensure equal opportunities for women and men in Europe.
A recently published review of the support for regional policy and cross-border projects finds that although the smaller-scale grants fill a funding gap for local and regional entities, the sector would benefit from a more strategic approach at national level.
Norway and Latvia have today signed agreements on the EEA and Norway Grants worth €73 million. Environmental protection and adaptation to climate change, cultural heritage, support for the justice sector and civil society feature as key priorities.
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