Midterm evaluation of green programmes in the 2014-2021 financial mechanism

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The midterm evaluation of green programmes explores the coherence, efficiency, and potential effectiveness of green programming under the EEA and Norway Grants. The evaluation identifies success factors and obstacles and provides recommendations to inform the next programming period. Additionally, the evaluation assesses the extent to which programme design and implementation has considered bilateral cooperation. This includes consideration of the extent to which bilateral partnerships have added value, and how this may be enhanced in future programming. The set of pre-defined questions, alongside operationalised questions, is presented in the evaluation matrix in Annex VIII. The evaluation covered 15 ‘Green Programmes’ that have their outcomes linked to three interconnected Programme Areas (PAs): PA1 “Environment and ecosystems”, PA12 “renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security” and PA 13 “Climate change mitigation and adaptation”, distributed among 12 beneficiary countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The investment of the Financial Mechanism (FM) 2014- 2021 in these 15 programmes amounts to €426 million. The evaluation considered a sample of projects contracted up until 4 October 2022.