The EEA Financial Mechanism

NGOs meet to discuss EEA Financial Mechanism projects

Norwegian and Polish NGOs will exchange ideas on projects for sustainable developement in Poland at a Warsaw-held seminar 7 April. The seminar aims to create a meeting place to discuss upcoming projects.

06/04/2005 :: Around 80 representatives will attend a Warsaw seminar held jointly by the Norwegian and Polish governments, which will focus on the role of Polish NGOs in connection to funds received under the EEA Financial Mechanism.

In October 2004 Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding with EEA EFTA states of which it will receive NOK 4.5 billion, or approximately €550 million, from its major donor, Norway, under the two EEA Financial Mechanisms in the period 2004 – 2009.

Around 37 million of these funds will be distributed to Polish NGOs to be used towards sustainable development projects in Poland, which is the largest fund-recipient of the 13 beneficiary states under the EEA Financial Mechanism.

The seminar will act as a forum for cooperation for Norwegian and Polish NGOs to discuss future projects in the areas of environmental protection and civil society development.

Project generation is the next stage in the implementation process under the EEA Financial Mechanism that was established in relation to the 2004 EEA/EU enlargement process.

Central discussion topics include policy making and implementation procedures in civil society development, the promotion of human rights, protection of biodiversity, energy and transport, and public health.

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