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Signing MOU
The agreements were signed in Warsaw on 20 December 2017. From left: Icelandic Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson, the Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Marit Berger Røsland and State Secretary in the Polish Ministry of Economic Development Jerzy Kwieciński. Photo: Embassy of Norway in Warsaw.

Strengthened cooperation with Poland

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have signed new cooperation agreements with Poland under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. Cooperation on environment, energy and climate change, as well as research, business and innovation are key priorities. 

The three donor countries have allocated €809.3 million to a total of 11 programmes in Poland for the coming seven years. Poland remains the largest beneficiary country of the EEA and Norway Grants.

Other key priorities are local development, justice and home affairs (with emphasis on the correctional services and the courts) and culture. Civil society will also continue to be an important priority area. According to the new agreement, there will be two funds for civil society, one national (€30 million) and one regional (€23 million). Both funds will be operated by independent Fund Operators selected by means of an open tender.

Funding is also available for educational cooperation, health and social dialogue.

Find out more in the agreements:

 

Opportunity to foster closer ties
The objectives of the programmes are to contribute to social and economic development in Poland and strengthen the cooperation between Poland and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

“I welcome this important agreement, which should contribute to further reducing economic and social disparities within the European Economic Area and also bring a unique opportunity to foster closer ties, enhance cooperation and strengthen political relations between Iceland and Poland. We look forward to cooperating on renewable energy, in particular geothermal energy, research and education, culture and civil society," said the Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson.

The agreements were signed in Warsaw 20 December 2018.

 “I am happy to sign this new cooperation agreement with Poland. I hope that we will continue to succeed in realising projects which are of mutual benefit, in particular in the field of education and culture,” said Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister, Aurelia Frick. 
 

Business and innovation sector significantly strengthened
Building on the good cooperation established with Poland in the previous funding period, several areas will continue to receive support under this funding period. Funding for some areas will be strengthened.

“I am pleased that we have reached agreement on the framework for the new funding period for the EEA and Norway Grants to Poland. We look forward to continuing the important work that has been carried out under the previous period, and to strengthening efforts in the areas of business development, research and local development,” said the Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Marit Berger Røsland.

Environment, energy and climate change
In addition to the €140 million programme on environment, energy and climate change; programmes such as innovation and research will also have focus on this topic. For instance, funding will also be allocated to research on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Within the business and innovation programme, green industry innovation and blue growth will be priorities.

MoU signing Poland Liechtenstein Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the EU, Sabine Monauni, signed the agreements on behalf of Liechtenstein. Photo: FMO
 

Cooperation with partners in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
A total of 16 public agencies and institutions from the donor countries (thirteen from Norway, two from Iceland and one from Liechtenstein) are involved in the development and implementation of the programmes and will play key roles in facilitating cooperation between partners in the donor countries and Poland. 

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is involved in the local development programme as International Partner Organisation.

Overview of programmes    
Programme Partner(s) Allocation (EUR million)
Business Development and Innovation Innovation Norway (IN) 85.0
Research Research Council of Norway (RCN) 110.0
Education Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU),
National Agency for International Education Affairs, Liechtenstein (AIBA),
Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)
20.0
Social dialogue- Decent work Innovation  Norway (Fund Operator)  6.12
 Health Norwegian Directorate of Health (HDIR) 20.0
 Local Development

Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS),

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - International Partner Organisation

100.0
Environment, Energy and Climate Change

Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA),
Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)

National Energy Authority of Iceland (OS)

140.0
Culture

Arts Council Norway (ACN),

Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (RA)

75.0
Civil Society   53.0
Justice

Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security,

Norwegian Courts Administration (DA),

Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service (KDI)

70.0
Home Affairs Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security,
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)
20.0
Bilateral Fund    16.19

 

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 €2.8 billion has been agreed. Poland will receive € 809.3 million of this total. 

Next steps

In the coming months, work will continue to be carried out in order to set up the programmes. Open calls for proposal will be announced at a later stage. Follow updates on: www.eeagrants.org/poland