Financial Mechanisms 2009 – 2014 in Republic of Croatia

In April 2014, Croatia has become a member of the European Economic Area as the 16th EU Member State which was given the opportunity to benefit from two financial mechanisms: EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the 2009 – 2014 period worth EUR 9,6 million.

EEA Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 provided EUR 4,6 million and was divided between following programme areas:

NGO Fund

Objective: Strengthening civil society development and enhancing the contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

Program Operator: Finance Mechanism Office (FMO)

Management of Funds: National Foundation for Civil Society Development

EEA Grants

Objective: Strengthening social and economic cohesion at the national, regional and local level

Program Operator: Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds (National Focal Point)

Norwegian Financial Mechanism

Norway Financial Mechanism 2009-2014  provided EUR 4,2 million and was divided between following program areas:

Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue

Objective: Promotion of decent work and improvement of tripartite cooperation between employers’ organizations, trade unions and public authorities with the aim to support balanced and sustainable economic and social development

Program Operator: Innovation Norway

Project Promoter: Ministry of Labor and Pension System

The Program of support to civil society

Objective: Strengthening the civil society development and enhancing the contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

Program Operator: Financial Mechanism Office (FMO)

Management of Funds: National Foundation of Civil Society Development

Program of Norway Grants

Program Operator: Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds

Program Area: Strengthening of Judicial System

Objective: More just and efficient judicial system

Project Promoter: Ministry of Justice

Bilateral Cooperation

Bilateral Cooperation

As part of the Norway and EEA Grants operated a separate Bilateral Fund with allocation of EUR 515,625.00 for Croatia in the period 2009-2014.

From April to July 2016 in the Republic of Croatia following agreements grant on the strengthening bilateral relations were signed:

  • The development of bilateral relations with Iceland in the field of geothermal energy (user: Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar)
  • The development of bilateral cooperation in the field of probation (beneficiary: Ministry of Justice)
  • Development of cooperation in the field of fisheries, aquaculture and maritime industry (beneficiary: City of Šibenik)
  • The development and exchange of experience in economic diplomacy (beneficiary: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs)
  • Feasibility study to define areas of bilateral business cooperation (user: Innovation Norway with partner Croatian Chamber of Economy)
  • Collective bargaining and the development of social dialogue (beneficiary: Ministry of Labour and Pension System)
  • Exchange of ICT knowledge and skills (user: CARnet)
  • Preparatory activities for the establishment of the Media Development Center (user: Croatian Journalists’ Association)
  • Creating preconditions for the establishment of a national traceable metrology standards (user: Croatian Metrology Institute)
  • Education of installers on installing biomass stoves (user: Chamber of Crafts of Koprivnica-Križevci County)
  • The development of economic cooperation between young entrepreneurs of the Republic of Croatian and the Kingdom of Norway (user: City of Kutina)
  • Bilateral cooperation in the field of aquaculture (user: Development Agency of the Šibenik-Knin county)