Project stories, news and features
Improving the employment prospects of socially excluded young people is the aim of most of the project ideas that are now further developed under the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.
More than 300 project ideas on how to get young people into the labour market were submitted by the deadline for applications to the new EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.
With support from Norwegian partners, the Latvian Probation Service are exploring alternatives to prison that can contribute to successful rehabilitation and lower the number of prisoners in Latvian prisons.
Every week approximately 30 people take an express HIV-test at the checkpoint run by the human rights organisation MOZAIKA. Five percent of the tests turns out to be positive.
In the beginning of October, a new rehabilitation and treatment centre for drug addicts was officially opened at Olaine Prison in Riga. The construction of the new unit is an important first initiative to fight drug dependency in Latvian prisons.
Latvian municipalities deliver many services to the public but they have tight budgetary constraints. Norway has developed a ‘smart’ governance approach which is being used as a model in Latvia.
The Financial Mechanism Office – the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants – is calling for bids for a Fund Operator to support the management of the EEA and Norway Grants Global Fund for Regional Cooperation.
Close to 1500 responses were received to the consultation on the draft 'Blue Book' containing the priorities for the EEA and Norway Grants in the upcoming funding period. The 'Blue Book' will now be finalised by the donors.
With support from Norway, Latvian authorities are working to improve drug prevention and treatment programmes in the Latvian prison system. Norwegian partners have shared knowledge and expertise on drug re-socialisation programmes.
In recent years, migration has put huge pressure on asylum systems in many European countries. Since 2004, significant funding has helped to protect our common borders and strengthen capacity to handle migration, with particular support to Greece since 2012.