Evaluation of the EEA and Norway Grants support to the Schengen acquiis and to strengthening of the judiciary in the 2004-2009 funding period. The evaluation was conducted by INTEGRATION and was published in January 2010.
- 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.