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EEA Grants leave their mark in Europe

Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Brussels last week, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre highlighted the EEA Grants' positive impact in Europe.

Some 150 Brussels-based representatives from Norwegian public and private organisations were gathered for an informal breakfast meeting with Foreign Minister Støre at the Stanhope Hotel last week. Covering a wide range of topics from climate change to EU membership, Støre also used the opportunity to underline the contribution Norway makes through the EEA and Norway Grants.

"The EEA and Norway Grants leave a significant mark in the beneficiary states," Støre said. He also encouraged Norwegian embassies in the beneficiary states to use the opportunity to highlight this support.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are making €1.3 billion in grants available to the twelve new EU member states, as well as Greece, Spain and Portugal. The grant schemes have a wide reach in the beneficiary states, supporting projects within environment and sustainable development, cultural heritage, and health and childcare, to name a few. The EEA and Norway Grants are also providing much needed support to civil society in central and southern Europe.

Read more about supported projects here.
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