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Frontpage News 2012 Regional cooperation between Lithuania and Norway

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Regional cooperation between Lithuania and Norway

  • The €3.5 million Regional Cooperation Fund in Lithuania supports 65 projects that contribute to transferring of experience and strengthening of cooperation among local, regional and euro-regional partners in Lithuania and Norway.

    Norway is supporting the Regional Cooperation Fund with €3 million, with the Lithuanian government providing the remaining 15% of the fund.

    The purpose of the fund is to support transfer of Norwegian know-how and good practices to Lithuanian local and regional level institutions and encourage exchange of experience between Lithuanian and Norwegian institutions. Through 2 open calls, grants have been awarded to 65 regional projects within 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.

     

    Ahead of the launch of the regional fund, a Lithuanian-Norwegian seminar was held in Kaunas, Lithuania, to explore possibilities for developing bilateral projects ahead of the launch of the fund.

    Photo: HenrikFoyn Skjerve, NMFA

    In November 2007, ahead of the launch of the regional fund, a Lithuanian-Norwegian seminar was held in Kaunas, Lithuania, to explore possibilities for developing bilateral projects.

    Around 90 representatives from municipalities in Norway and Lithuania used the workshop to discuss partnership projects aimed at transferring know-how and good practices between the two countries within the fields of conservation of cultural heritage, protection of the environment and social services.

  • Country:

    Lithuania


    Project title:

    Transfer of experience and strengthening of cooperation among local, regional and euroregional partners in Lithuania and Norway

    Case number:

    LT0009

    Priority sector:

    Regional policy and cross-border activities

    Status:

    Concluded

    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant

    Project duration:

    45 months

    Project cost:

    € 3,529,570

    Grant rate:

    85%

    Grant agreement date:

    03 July 2007

    The purpose of the Fund is to support transfer of Norwegian know-how and good practices to Lithuanian local and regional level institutions and encourage exchange of experience between Lithuanian and Norwegian institutions, with the overall objective of contributing to the development of the regional policy in Lithuania through transferring of experience and strengthening of cooperation among local, regional and euro-regional partners in Lithuania and Norway. Reference is made to the application, dated 23 August 2006 as well as information provided by the Focal Point 10 October 2006 and 24 October 2006.



    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:

    - Re-granting towards selected sub-projects concerning transferring of experience and strengthening of cooperation among local, regional and euro-regional partners in Lithuania and Norway.

    - Fund management.



    The Intermediary is the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.



    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Intermediary provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible costs of the Fund.