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Bilateral national fund - Greece

About the fund


The national bilateral fund in Greece aims to increase cooperation and strengthen relations between Greece and the donor countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Key priorities include energy, youth cooperation, social inclusion and good governance.  

The funding from the bilateral national fund serves as a flexible source of financial support for initiatives from Greece and donor country entities that can contribute to strengthening the bilateral relations. The funds are to be used strategically and can go beyond the programmes.

The overall objective of the fund is to strengthen bilateral relations between Greece and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The aim is to increase the extent of cooperation between institutions and individuals, through formal partnerships and more ad hoc exchange and cooperation.

What is supported?
The fund supports activities that have been pre-defined jointly by the Greek authorities and the donor countries. All supported activities within the above-mentioned priority areas implemented jointly by Greek and donor country entities.

The activities may consist of among others of participation in conferences, seminars, meetings, courses and workshops, study tours of Greek experts to the donor countries and organising of common bilateral events.

Examples of already implemented or on-going activities

Entrepreneurship in education: The Junior Achievement Greece (a Greek NGO), in cooperation with its Norwegian sister organisation (Ungt Entreprenørskap) are organising student exchanges and seminars, as well as developing education materials on entrepreneurship, with the aim to support entrepreneurship education in secondary schools and colleges by building networking between Greece and Norway. With the involvement of students, teachers, NGOs, private enterprises, the participants examine existing practices for the design and provision of learning programmes on innovation and entrepreneurship in secondary education.

Geothermal training programme: The Greek Centre for Renewable Energy and Sources (CRES), together with the National Energy Authority of Iceland (OS) will cooperate to organise training sessions between Greek and Icelandic experts (relevant staff, researchers, engineers) in both countries with the objective of enhancing the knowledge background as well as the overall scientific and technological expertise of both the staff of CRES and the OS by exchanging know-how and experience in drilling techniques for geothermal exploitation.

Key facts
Size of fund: €317.000
Fund operator:  National Focal Point, Ministry of Economy