"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 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.
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are contributing to future growth and development in Europe through the EEA and Norway Grants. Our annual report gives you an insight into the progress and achievements over the past year.
"People are really interested in creating a better future for inmates and staff," says director of the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service, Kim Ekhaugen. The Directorate is a donor partner in the programmes contributing to improving the correctional services and prison conditions in Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.
Following up from the 2014 European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey on violence against women, the conference ‘A Europe Free from Gender-Based Violence: From Commitment to Action’ was arranged in Prague.
The spring in Prague is a sensational experience. So green, beautiful and warm. The EEA Grants cultural program is even richer than usual and includes many events with close ties to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
“We regard gender-based violence as a serious crime, a public health problem and not least an attack on basic human rights. That is why preventing and tackling violence against women is an important area of support under our programmes.”
Her grades were good. Still, the teachers wanted to move her to a special needs school. Magdalena has fought to break out of the vicious cycle many Roma children are caught in. She succeeded and today she is helping others to do the same.
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