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Frontpage News 2009 Regional policy development in Lithuania

Regional policy development in Lithuania

The Lithuanian fund for local and regional development has announced an open call for proposals. The fund will strengthen ties between Lithuania and Norway.

The €3.5 million fund aims to transfer experience and strengthen cooperation between Lithuanian and Norwegian local, regional and euro-regional partners, in order to contribute to the development of regional policy in Lithuania. Lithuanian public institutions can now apply for grants ranging from €20,000 to €70,000.

Project proposals must include a Lithuanian applicant and at least one Norwegian public institution or NGO as partner. The Lithuanian applicant will be responsible for the implementation of the project. Project applications can be submitted to the fund intermediary, the Project Management Centre, until 10 March 2009.

Projects should aim to address issues pertaining to the following priority areas:
- Protection of the environment;
- Sustainable development;
- Preservation of European cultural heritage; and
- Development of human resources, including support for education and training, capacity building of local authorities and their institutions, health protection and childcare.

The fund will support activities ranging from training and internships, to preparation of partnerships strategies and other activities to encourage the bilateral transfer of experience within the chosen priority sectors.

For more information about the application process, see the open call text, or the Project Management Centre's website.

Partnership seminar
The Norwegian Embassy in Vilnius is organising a partnership themed seminar in Kaunas on 4 February 2009, in order to encourage and establish possible partnerships between Norwegian and Lithuanian actors. For further information and registration, contact Inga Aalia at the Norwegian embassy in Lithuania: iaa@mfa.no.