Key areas of support

  • Supporting judicial reform, tackling cross-border and organised crime
  • Improving the situation of vulnerable groups, including the Roma population
  • Increasing competitiveness of green enterprises, boosting green innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening civil society to promote social justice, democracy and sustainable development
2009-14 2004-09
Total allocation: €305.95 M Total allocation: €98.5 M
EEA Grants: €190.75 M EEA Grants: €50.5 M
Norway Grants: €115.2 M Norway Grants: €48 M

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Are you interested in funding and partnership opportunities in Romania? Project partnerships between entities in Romania and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are encouraged.

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View step-by-step how to find or become a project partner

See how you may participate under the bilateral fund

Check eligibility and activities that may be supported under Romanian programmes

Map and facts

  Romania EU-28
GDP per capita in PPS (EU=100) 55 100
Economic growth (% change on previous year) 3.5 0.1
Unemployment rate (%)* 6.8 10.2
Youth unemployment rate (%)* 24 22.2
Public debt (% of GDP) 38 84.5
Gender pay gap (%) 9.1 16.4
At-risk-of-poverty rate (%) 40.4 24.5
Human development index 27 (EU-28 ranking)
Corruption perception index* 25 (EU-28 ranking)

Sources: Eurostat, UNDP, Transparency International. All data is from 2013 except where * indicates 2014. Last updated in April 2015.

Distribution of funding 2009-14




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Click on the programme names below for key facts about each and read why the programme is needed, what it will achieve and how, and partnership opportunities. For details on the application process and eligibility, consult the programme operator websites accessible via the below pages.

Programme Partner(s) Grant
(€ million)
Biodiversity and ecosystem services Norwegian Environment Agency 15
Environmental monitoring and planning   8.2
Reduction of hazardous substances Norwegian Environment Agency 10
Energy efficiency   9
Renewable energy National Energy Authority (Iceland),
Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate
Adaptation to climate change   3.2
Green industry innovation Innovation Norway* 29.7
NGO Fund   36.3
Children and youth at risk Council of Europe 27
Gender equality and work-life balance   4.5
Cultural and natural heritage Directorate of Cultural Heritage (Norway) 15.7
Diversity in culture and arts Arts Council Norway 6.8
Research cooperation

Research Council of Norway,

Icelandic Centre for Research


Icelandic Centre for Research,

Agency for Educational Affairs (Liechtenstein)

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education

Decent work and tripartite dialogue Innovation Norway* 1.2
Capacity building and institutional cooperation Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority 6
Public health initiatives   22.6
Domestic and gender-based violence

Council of Europe

Norwegian Police Directorate

Schengen and cross-border crime Norwegian Police Directorate 5.3
Judicial capacity building

Council of Europe

Norwegian Courts Administration

Correctional services Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service 8
Poverty alleviation   20

*Programme operator

News, results and projects


Putting human rights in the spotlight


With support through the EEA Grants, a Romanian NGO is working to protect the rights of people with disabilities, living in psychiatric wards, hospitals and specialised social care institutions in Romania.

Creating jobs and improving the environment


Romania has the lowest recycling rate in the EU. Less than three per cent of the waste is recycled. Supported by Norway, waste collections points are now set up across the country.