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Local and regional initiatives to reduce inequalities and promote social inclusion

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support local and regional initiatives to reduce inequalities and promote social inclusion in the Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective, is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.

Tackling social exclusion is a key objective of the EU’s cohesion policy which aims at promoting sustainable economic development and reducing gaps in social and economic development across Europe.

By focusing support on some of the most vulnerable regions in the beneficiary countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, provide complementary support to the large-scale EU regional development programmes. The local and regional development programmes under the Grants help to tackle exclusion in some of the area most strongly marked by social exclusion.

What is the objective of the programme?

  • Strengthened social and economic cohesion at national, regional and local levels

What are the expected results?

  • Cooperation between regions / urban areas in public and private services and business development and innovation improved to stimulate social and economic development
  • Improved access to public services and enhanced job creation
  • Anti-discrimination measures for groups vulnerable to exclusion strengthened
  • Increased cooperation between local and regional authorities and the private sector / civil society

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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