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More than €24 million to green business in Hungary

Under the green industry innovation programme in Hungary, €24 million is available for projects aimed at reducing waste and emissions. The deadline for calls for proposals is extended to 31 October 2013.

Projects that will contribute to more use of environmentally friendly technologies are also supported.

Hungary's eco-innovation performance is, despite improvements in recent years, still below the EU average. To achieve sustainable economic growth, the Hungarian economy needs to reduce its environmental impact and improve resource efficiency. There is a particular need in the field of waste management, water and air quality.

Innovative green projects
Through the recently launched call for proposals, €24.27 million is available for innovative projects aimed at:

  • Improving water quality
  • Improving waste management
  • Improving air quality
  • More use of environmentally friendly technologies

Of the total amount €16.9 million is set aside for improving water and air quality as well as waste management. €7.3 will be used for more use of environmentally friendly technologies.

The extended deadline for the call is 31 October 2013.

Find all information about the call here.
Read more about the programme.

Supporting partnerships with Norwegian entities
The programme is operated by the Szent István University who have long traditions in the field of research and innovation. Innovation Norway is involved in the programme as a partner to facilitate the establishment of partnership with Norwegian entities.

To further support partnership, additional € 210.000 is available for establishment of contact between Hungarian entities and potential Norwegian partners and for joint preparation of project proposals for the main call.

Applications for such support can be made continuously as long as funds are available or until 10 September 2013.

Find out more here.

Green industry innovation in other countries
The Norway Grants support green industry innovation programmes in eight European countries with the aim of  increasing competitiveness of green enterprises, including greening of existing industries, green innovation and green entrepreneurship. The eight countries are: Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Read more here.

Currently, there are open calls for proposals in Romania (deadline 7 August 2013), Estonia (deadline 8 August 2013), Lithuania (deadline 12 September 2013), Slovakia (deadline 13 September 2013) and in Hungary (deadline 30 September 2013).

Find out more about these calls here.