Looking back at 2019 & planning the future – here’s our new Status Report

2019 was not like any other year — it marked the 25th anniversary of the EEA agreement and the beginning of a whole new era of collaboration and opportunities. This EEA and Norway Grants Status Report is a snapshot of the work that took place last year and the results we expect to achieve in the upcoming years. Get inspired!

Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway work closely with partners in 15 EU Member States to help reduce social and economic disparities and further strengthen bilateral cooperation. This important cooperation is expected to help Europe face some of its current and future challenges, such as climate change, social inclusion, youth employment, protecting human rights, and fostering innovation and business development – just to name a few.

Facts from the Status Report
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Quality at entry

2019 was a year of implementation and setting goals. Our focus was on programme development and implementation, planning results, launching our first calls and strengthening our partnerships. By doing so, we’ve set the foundation for future success and long-term impact.

2019 also saw a large number of applications and participants in information events – reconfirming the interest around the Grants and the need for collaboration between partners in the Beneficiary and Donor States.

Facts from the Status Report


With most of the programme agreements now finalised, we have been able to launch approximately 149 calls for project proposals – helping people across Europe turn their ideas into reality. Find out more about how we design and develop our programmes here.

” If our joint efforts are to succeed, we must agree on the challenges we are seeking to address and the outcomes we want to see, and we need to ensure that the right partners are involved. In designing the various programmes, the emphasis has been on laying a firm foundation for strong partnerships and concrete results. This has been a dynamic process, and although it has been time-consuming, we know that it will improve the quality of projects at entry. This is an important objective for all of us – in Reykjavík, Vaduz and Oslo.” Excerpt from the joint Status Report opening by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

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Planning (ambitious) results

The EEA and Norway Grants aim to have an impact, not only socially and economically, but also by strengthening cooperation between the Donor and Beneficiary States. The Status Report presents a snapshot of the results the EEA and Norway Grants aim to achieve by the end of the 2014-2021 funding period.

By focusing on people and societies, fostering sustainable economic growth and encouraging collaboration and partnerships across sectors and countries, the EEA and Norway Grants are building the foundation for a greener, more competitive and inclusive Europe. Here are just a few examples of what we are aiming to achieve:

Planned results

Find out more about our planned results here.

The funding period 2014-2021 represents the most ambitious effort so far by the EEA/EFTA countries resulting in an agreed total budget of EUR 2.8 billion. This new chapter in the history of the EEA and Norway Grants  builds on the successes of the 2009-2014 funding period.

We are proud of what we have achieved together in 2019 and hope you will enjoy reading about the results of our work so far and our plans for the future.

Download the PDF summary of the report here.