Public institutions in the donor and beneficiary countries share responsibility for managing the EEA and Norway Grants. These entities work closely together to achieve the objectives of the Grants.
The programme approach of the EEA and Norway Grants means that considerable responsibility is delegated to the beneficiary states. The national Focal Points, most often ministries, have the overall responsibility of the grant schemes. National programme operators are responsible for making the funding available to applicants through calls for proposals, appraising applications, selecting and monitoring projects.
Entities from the donor states are partners in half of the programmes, contributing in the preparation and implementation of the programme, and in facilitating partnerships at project level. The donor countries, through their secretariat for the Grants, monitor the implementation process.
Financial Mechanism Committee and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Financial Mechanism Committee (FMC) is the decision-making body for the EEA Grants. The committee consists of representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The FMC draws up policy and guidelines, approves each programme allocation and ensures monitoring, control, and evaluation of the Grants. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the decision-making body for the Norway Grants.
Meeting minutes and agendas of the Financial Mechanism Committee
The Financial Mechanism Office
The Financial Mechanism Office is the Brussels-based secretariat for the Grants. The FMO is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), but reports to the Foreign Ministries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The FMO also serves as a contact point for the beneficiary countries.
National Focal Points
The Focal Points in the beneficiary countries have the overall responsibility for reaching the objectives of the Grants as well as management and control of their programmes. Most of the Focal Points are located within relevant ministries or public agencies which also manage other European funding schemes. The Focal Points represent the beneficiary country in its relations with the FMC and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Grants.
Each programme is developed and managed by a programme operator. Programme operators, mostly public institutions in the beneficiary countries, are also responsible for awarding funding to projects according to agreed criteria and monitoring their implementation and achieving results.
Donor programme partners
In more than half the programmes, public entities from the donor states are actively involved in the implementation. These donor programme partners (DPPs) are public bodies from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with national mandates in their respective fields. These public bodies play a strategic role in programme planning and implementation, as well as facilitating project partnerships.
The donor countries' embassies, in particular Norwegian embassies, in the beneficiary countries take part in the dialogue between the donor and beneficiary countries and play an important role in communicating results of the Grants but do not administer funds.