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€1.79 billion to reduce economic and social disparities in Europe

15/01/2010 // Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein have agreed with the European Union on new financial contributions for the period 2009-14. The beneficiary states of the EEA Grants will be the 12 most recent EU members plus Greece, Portugal and Spain. The Norway Grants are earmarked for the 12 newest members. The priority sectors include environmental protection, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage.

On 18 December 2009, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway agreed with the European Union on new financial contributions for the period 2009-14. This article presents a brief overview of beneficiary states, priority sectors and financial contributions.

According to the Agreed Minutes, the three donor states will provide €357.7 million per year, or a total sum of almost €1.79 billion, to reduce social and economic disparities in the European Economic Area and to the strengthening of their relations with the beneficiary states in the five-year period 2009-14. € 197.7 million will be made available per year through the EEA Financial Mechanism (the EEA Grants) and € 160 million through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (the Norway Grants). Norway provides 97 percent of the total amount.

The beneficiary states of the EEA Grants will be the 12 most recent EU members plus Greece, Portugal and Spain, with Spain receiving transitional support in the period 1 May 2009 – 31 December 2013. The Norway Grants are earmarked for the 12 newest members.

The EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14 will be administered according to a programming framework model in which funds will be channeled through programmes established under various priority sectors in the beneficiary states.

The priority sectors will be:

– Environmental protection and management
– Climate change and renewable energy
– Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
– Green industry innovation
– Research and scholarship
– Protecting cultural heritage
– Civil society
– Promotion of decent work and tripartite dialogue
– Justice and home affairs
– Human and social development

The annual contributions for the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14 combined, listed by beneficiary state and in descending order, will be:

Poland

€115.62 million

Romania

€61.19 million

Hungary

€30.66 million

Czech Republic

€26.36 million

Bulgaria

€25.32 million

Lithuania

€16.80 million

Slovakia

€16.15 million

Latvia

€14.59 million

Greece

€12.68 million

Portugal

€11.59 million

Estonia

€9.72 million

Spain*

€9.17 million

Slovenia

€5.38 million

Cyprus

€1.57 million

Malta

€0.90 million

Total sum

€357.70 million

*) Spain will receive transitional support in the period 1 May 2009 – 31 December 2013.

Read more about the EEA and Norway Grants on www.eeagrants.org


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