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Questions and answers EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 – next steps

On this page you will find information on the next steps after the launch of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.

The EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 were launched 25 May 2016. What happens next?

In the agreements between the donor countries and the EU signed 3 May, five priority sectors and related programme areas have been agreed. Specialists of the donor country governments have written the draft ‘Blue Book’ outlining the priority sectors and programme areas eligible for funding under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. An open consultation on the content of the five priority sectors and 23 programme areas is being held from 27 May until 8 July 2016. For more details, see www.eeagrants.org/BlueBook

The consultation processes for the Regulations on the implementation of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 will be open for National Focal Points in the same period.

After the consultation processes, the priority sectors and programme areas (compiled in the ‘Blue Book’) as well as the Regulation on the implementation of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 will be finalised and adopted by the donor countries. The aim is to finalise this before the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding.

What will be funded in each of the beneficiary countries?

Following the launch of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, the donor countries will start negotiations on Memoranda of Understanding with each beneficiary country. The Memoranda of Understanding specify the programme areas to be funded in each beneficiary country. The aim is to tailor the support from the EEA and Norway Grants to each country on the basis of its needs, aims and capacity, as well as on shared bilateral interests. The finalisation of the Memoranda of Understandings with all beneficiary countries is expected to take around one year. Each Memoranda of Understanding will be finalised when the respective negotiations with each country is finalised.

Once the respective Memoranda of Understanding have been signed, the nominated Programme Operators will in cooperation with relevant stakeholders draft the programmes under the programme areas specified in their country, again based on needs, aims and capacity as well as on bilateral interest. This process will further influence the eligibility of projects selected for support under the programmes. The programmes will be submitted to the donors for approval. This process of drafting and approval of the programmes is also expected to take around one year.

When will funding be available in my country?

Once the programmes are approved, the funding in form of a grant- normally allocated through the publication of calls for proposals or in pre-defined projects – will be available. When this will be depend on when the Memorandum of Understanding will be finalised.

Are there any key new elements in the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 compared to the funding period 2009-2014?

The EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 is based on a programme model and results-based approach similar to the model from the funding period 2009-2014. The aim is to build further on programmes and areas that have worked well.

Strengthening bilateral cooperation between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the beneficiary countries remains one of the two main objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants together with reducing economic and social disparities. Donor programme partners will still continue their involvement in the development and implementation of the programmes.  The Grants make it possible for donor and beneficiary country stakeholders to work constructively together to address shared challenges and find joint solutions. International partnerships with organisations such as the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) can bring expertise and added value to cooperation.

A new feature of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 is the establishment of regional funds to tackle youth unemployment (€65.5 million) and promote regional cooperation ((€34.5 million)

Key milestones for the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

22 January 2014:  Negotiations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the EU starts
17 July 2015: Agreement on new funding period
3 May 2016: Agreements signed
25 May 2016: Launch of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021
27 May-8 July 2016: Consultation process for the priority sectors and programme areas
June 2016: Start of negotiations between the donor and beneficiary countries leading up to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding specifying what is funded in each country
Fall 2016: Launch of regional funds
2017-2018: Development of programmes
2019-2020: Funding available through open calls for proposals
30 April 2024: Final date of eligibility for projects under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021