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Frontpage News 2017 New cooperation agreement with Portugal on blue and green growth

MoU signing Portugal
During the official ceremony in Lisbon, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Pedro Marques, signed on behalf of Portugal while State Secretary Elsbeth Tronstad signed on behalf of Norway. Photo: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

New cooperation agreement with Portugal on blue and green growth

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have signed a new cooperation agreement with Portugal under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, for a total of more than EUR 100 million. Of this amount, EUR 62 million will be used to strengthen business, research and climate cooperation.  

Under the agreement, which was signed today in Lisbon, EUR 102.7 million has been allocated to six programmes and funds. A substantial part of this funding is earmarked for efforts to promote blue and green growth.

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Portugal MoU EEA Grants 2014-2021 (in force as of 22 May 2017)

"Ocean-based businesses are an important driver of the economy in both Norway and Portugal. Our two countries already cooperate closely, but with this new agreement, we are now seeking to further strengthen our cooperation," says Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Frank Bakke-Jensen.

PT moU LI_1 Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the EU, Sabine Monauni, signed the MoU on behalf of Liechtenstein. Photo: FMO
PT MoU IS Ambassador Bergdis Ellertsdottir, Head of the Icelandic Mission to the EU, signed the MoU on behalf of Iceland.

Significant opportunities for cooperation

A total of six public agencies and institutions from the donor countries will play a key role in facilitating cooperation between partners in the three donor countries and Portugal. Over the next few months, these agencies will work with their Portuguese counterparts to develop the programmes. Open calls for project proposals will be announced at a later stage.

"It is not only Norwegian companies and research institutions that can enter into cooperation projects. The grant scheme also offers significant opportunities for local authorities, NGOs and the cultural sector. Anyone who would like to take part in creating a green, competitive and inclusive Europe is welcome to participate," says Minister Bakke-Jensen.

Overview of programmes

Programme Partner(s) Allocation (EUR million)
Blue Growth Innovation and SMEs

Innovation Norway


Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)


Research Council of Norway (NFR)


Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)

Work-life Balance and Gender Equality Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud (LDO) 6.0
Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy Innovation Norway 24.0
Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (RA) 9.0
Civil Society   11.0
Bilateral Fund   2.05
Reserve   3.4

About the EEA and Norway Grants

Under the EEA Agreement, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are part of the European internal market. The EEA Agreement sets out the common goal of working together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and strengthen cooperation between European countries. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to this through the EEA and Norway Grants. For the period 2014-2021, a total contribution of EUR 2.8 billion has been agreed. Portugal will receive EUR 102.7 million of this total.