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2004-2009 Archive

In the 2004-2009 funding period, the total allocation was €1.3 billion to 15 countries. Poland received the largest allocation at almost €559 million, followed by Hungary and the Czech Republic who received approximately €135 and €110 million respectively. 

The environment was the largest individual sector with an allocation of more than €246 million. Cultural heritage was the second largest sector, with an allocation of almost €244 million. Health and child care were number three with an allocation of more than €161 million.

By the end of 2014 all projects in 11 out of 15 bene ciary countries were closed. Total disbursement at the end of 2014 were €1.1 billion. This is equivalent to an overall disbursement rate of 88 per cent. 

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Title Evaluation of The Sector Cultural Heritage Under the EEA And Norway Grants 2004-09
Theme/sector Cultural heritage
Written by PITIJA
Publication date April 2012
Main findings
  • The Evaluation on Cultural Heritage found that the EEA and Norway Grants 04-09 were of great importance to the conservation of cultural heritage in the beneficiary countries.  End-beneficiaries were able to invest effectively in the restoration of cultural heritage objects, and in the development of activities around the restored objects.
  • Many examples show that the support created spin-off effects, resulting in new activities and leverage of additional funding after the completion of the projects.
  • Revitalisation of buildings and restoration of cultural heritage assets helped to attract greater visitor numbers and strengthen pride in local communities.
  • The projects successfully reached out to a wide range of target groups, and increased cultural management capacity within involved organisations.
Title End-Review - EEA and Norway Grants 2004-09
Theme/sector Generic
Written by Nordic Consulting Group (NCG) Norway
Publication date January 2012
Main findings
  • The completion rate of all the projects was very high at 97%. The ‘completion rate’ refers to projects that completed successfully by reaching at least 90% of the planned indicators used to measure the success of the projects.
  • The funding has had a successful impact within the prioritised areas. It has in particular been visible in sectors where EU funding is limited and where the focus has been greater. The dedicated funding for civil society, in particular, was highlighted in this context.
  • Projects have contributed to reducing specific, local disparities.
  • One third of the funding was targeted at disadvantaged regions and/or vulnerable groups. In Romania, this figure was 71%.
  • A majority of the project promoters with partnership arrangements considered the partnerships with donor state institutions to be important.
  • However, given the comparatively small size of the Grants (the total allocation is equivalent to 2% of the EU funds in the four countries), the review emphasised that it is difficult to draw any conclusions in terms of the contribution towards overall development trends in the countries.
Title Evaluation of the Sector Academic Research under the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/sector Research
Written by COWI
Publication date November 2011
Main findings
  • All funded projects met their immediate objectives and outputs
  • The Grants provided a relevant and significant source of funding - complementing wider EU funding schemes, and regarded as more flexible when compared to national funding opportunities.
  • The evaluation pointed to the benefits yielded from enhanced cooperation, underlining that ‘the need to strengthen bilateral relations is particularly relevant to research communities.” However, ensuring the sustainability of partnerships proved challenging.
  • The administrative procedures were seen by most stakeholders as being too long.
  • Donor country partners had specific challenges (unfamiliar setup, often relatively small stake and the scope of the research project is sometimes ill-suited to strategic objectives of the donor partner itself.)
  • The sustainability of the EEA/Norway Grants supported activities are satisfactorily addressed through the institutionalisation of results, dissemination through publications and to some extent, as impact on policy.
Title Evaluation of the Sector Health and Childcare under the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/sector Health and childcare
Written by COWI
Publication date October 2011
Main findings
  • Almost all evaluated projects achieved planned deliverables, with some exceeding defined objectives.
  • The projects addressed relevant EU challenges, national priorities and local needs.
  • The projects had a demonstrable impact on improved health and social conditions for the various target groups and made a significant contribution to the institutional capacity of the health and childcare sectors
  • The impacts on areas and target groups were generally reported to be positive, especially when looking at short-term impacts with clear indicators.
Title Review of EEA and Norway Grants support to Regional Policy and Cross-Border Activities in new EU and EEA member states
Theme/sector Cross-border cooperation
Publication date March 2011
Main findings
  • There is a lack of clear, specific, sectoral objectives and sectoral indicators, therefore there is a lack of coherence within the sector and it is difficult to measure impact.
  • In particular, there is little evidence of impact on specific disadvantaged regions or target groups.
  • The added value of EEA and Norway Grants is most evident in the area of local cross-border co-operation
  • In particular, EEA and Norway Grants offer small grants, which are more accessible to local and regional non-governmental organisations (NGO) than EU cross-border funding.
  • With some exceptions, reviewed sub-projects demonstrated real engagement with cross-border partners, and active involvement of large numbers of people on both sides of the relevant borders.
Title Evaluation of Norway Grants support to the implementation of the Schengen acquis and to strengthening of the Judiciary in new EU and EEA member states
Theme/sector Schengen cooperation
Publication date January 2010
Main findings
  • The support was found to be an important contribution to the strengthening of general law enforcement and the fight against organised crime.
  • The support has been vital in ensuring that new Schengen countries comply with the requirements. Valuable partnerships have been established between law enforcement authorities in Norway and the beneficiary states.
  • The report calls for increased strategic coherence in the utilisation of the support, and notes that there should have been greater emphasis on improving performance in specific thematic areas rather than on equipment and infrastructure investments in specific institutions.
  • The report notes that the project designs focus too much on activities and outputs, and too little on results and impacts.
Title Review of support to Greenhouse Gas Reductions
Theme/sector Energy efficiency 
Written by COWI
Publication date March 2010
Main findings
  • The effectiveness of the interventions, expressed as percentage reductions of CO2 emissions compared to the baseline, shows a high effectiveness of 56% reductions for energy efficiency in buildings and an even higher effectiveness when this intervention is combined with a change in the heating system.
  • The effectiveness, expressed as percentage reductions of energy consumption compared to the baseline, also shows a high effectiveness of 57% reductions for energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Most projects have important economic and social impacts as energy costs are reduced and social and health conditions improved for users of energy renovated buildings, mostly in schools and health institutions.
  • The projects are cost efficient and strongly aligned with national environmental priorities.
  • The contribution addresses a funding gap, and the report recommends continued funding of the area.
Title Review of support to Biodiversity
Theme/sector Biodiversity 
Written by PITIJA
Publication date March 2010
Main findings
  • The number of biodiversity projects coming forward has been restricted, either by pre-set allocations or preferences of applicants for pollution abatement infrastructure projects, which have a more obvious and direct impact on the environment and respond to public concern.
  • The supported projects are relevant to the achievement of national and international biodiversity objectives and obligations, and for research to establish key data to assist with the protection and management of species and habitats and the projects are estimated to have long term positive impacts.
  • Of the 52 projects investigated, only ten focused on education or public awareness, which has been identified as a major obstacle for citizens wanting to take action to arrest the decline in biodiversity.
  • Project ownership is good, with Project Promoters ensuring their projects remained active during the long gestation period, often by securing other resources.
Title Evaluation of EEA and Norway Grants - NGO Funds
Theme/sector Civil society
Written by PITIJA
Publication date September 2010
Main findings
  • The evaluation shows that the NGO funds provide a well-managed, effective, significant and visible contribution to the ongoing development of the NGO sector in Central and Southern Europe.
  • The NGO funds have demonstrated innovation, assisted in addressing inequalities and targeted needs of local communities.
  • The funds have helped strengthen the capacity of organisations to advocate, increase volunteering, build coalitions and change attitudes.
  • There is a need for further focusing of the funds, simplification of the management and reporting system and better defining of a clear framework for bilateral partnerships and cross-cutting contributions.
Title Review of Cultural Heritage Support to the Czech Republic
Theme/sector Cultural heritage
Written by CrossCzech a.s. and Nordic Consulting Group
Publication date April 2009
Main findings
  • The support has helped to revive historical buildings that would otherwise have fallen into disrepair, and also to erect buildings that had already been lost, and for which only the construction documentation remained.
  • The support covered the digitalisation of endangered documents that have now been made freely accessible to experts and the public.
  • It was documented that proper rehabilitation works have taken place and that the finished projects are outstanding as compared to their initial state.
  • The supported projects cover a wide range of cultural heritage items which have local, regional and national importance. The projects also have a wide geographical distribution.
  • Local professional capacity and skills were developed, revived and strengthened during the rehabilitation.
  • Due to lack of baseline data and indicators, evidence of “cultural” and “educational” impacts have been difficult to document, however there are many examples of increased awareness and sense of identity and ownership as results of the projects.
Title Review of Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Production in Poland
Theme/sector Energy efficiency 
Written by Scanteam and Proeko
Publication date January 2009
Main findings
  • The review of the projects dedicated to the energy renovation of 300 public buildings in Poland, concluded that the energy savings are expected to exceed 50% on average. The projects will benefit thousands of school children, patients and staff.
  • The reduction of pollutant emissions has a positive impact on health of the population, but the extent of this cannot be measured in the short term.
  • Energy (use) management is largely absent in the projects. Awareness of its cost efficiency seems to be lacking. An area that also leaves room for improvements is a more even standard of energy audit.
  • The cost of avoided CO2 appears moderate and realistic at a level of EUR 70 per ton on an average
Title Review of Norwegian Partnership Projects
Theme/sector Bilateral cooperation 
Written by Scanteam 
Publication date March 2008
Main findings
  • There are 98 Norwegian institutions which are quoted as partners in the 145 partnership projects. 25 of these are partners in more than one project.
  • The biggest category of Norwegian partnership institutions is “Private business companies” with 21 of the institutions (21.4 %). There are 18 institutions (18.4 %) in each of the two categories “Research institutions” and “Regional and local government”. There are 11 higher education institutions (11.2 %) and nine museums (9.2 %).
  • There is a need for necessary access to information on potential partners. Furthermore such new partnerships depend on adequate time to find and build the relations.
  • Steps should be taken to better disseminate information to the public and relevant institutions on possibilities for and achievements from partnerships.
  • A clear policy document with expected objectives for bilateral relations should be developed.
Title Mid-term Evaluation of the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/sector Generic 
Written by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Publication date August 2008
Main findings
  • The grants have been welcomed very enthusiastically by the beneficiaries and the demonstrated in-country demand is high.
  • Despite some successes, there are considerable inefficiencies in implementation, which have led to significant delays.
  • Objectives at program level are vaguely defined and are not supported by indicators and targets.
  • According to the report, funds and programmes appear to be most successful. They have a programmatic approach, clear prioritisation, objectives and targets.
  • Timely accomplishment of disbursement targets is at risk due to delays in initial implementation.