EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Final Meeting

EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Final Meeting

EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Final Meeting

The final meeting of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 took place on the 4th of June 2019 at The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia. The event was aimed at assessing the completed 2009-2014 programme period and the project results. The Grants represent the contribution of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to reducing economic and social disparities, and strengthening cooperation with 15 EU countries.

Croatia became a beneficiary of the grants in 2014 after joining the European Economic Area (EEA), receiving 9.6 million euros for financing a number of programs aimed at improving judicial system, strengthening civil society, promoting decent work and sustainable economic and social development.

The Annual Meeting was attended by the representatives from the donor states (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland), representatives of the Financial Mechanisms Office, National Focal Point and the Audit Authority.

The 2009-2014 perspective enabled Croatia to receive 9.6 million euros, of which 4.6 million euros from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and EUR 5 million from the EEA Financial Mechanism. The funds were overall divided into four programmes out of which 3.65 million euros was allocated to the Justice and Home affairs sector, 3.41 million euros to the Human and social development programme, 1.3 million euros to the Civil Society programme and 100 thousand euros to the Decent work and Social dialogue programme.

As part of the Norway and EEA Grants operated a separate Bilateral Fund with allocation of 516 thousand euros under which 12 activities have been successfully carried out aimed at enhancing relations between Croatia and Donor States partners with a view to exchanging international experiences, sharing and transferring knowledge and good practices to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness.

All programmes which were implemented in Croatia within the EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 contributed to the achievement of the main objectives of the Grants.