’It doesn’t require a lot of effort on my part, but it means a lot to the people we are helping,’ says George Maragoudakis. He is an interpreter in the new asylum system in Greece, which has been developed with support from Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.

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Minister of European Affairs, Elisabeth Aspaker in Brussels.

“Our contribution is based on the vision of working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe”, said Minister Aspaker in Brussels during the launch of the new EEA and Norway Grants programme period for 2014-2021. Norway will contribute around 2.8 billion euros to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and strengthening bilateral relations.

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The rescue boat

Norway has financed a new vessel that supports the rescue missions of the Hellenic Rescue Team. Their new rescue boat “Norway 2” was recently launched and named in Lesvos, in the presence of Deputy President of the Norwegian Parliament Marit Nybakk.

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Hara Mourtezou of KYADA, Ambassador Gjelstad, Mayor Kaminis, Eleni Katsouli, President of KYADA.

Poverty and social exclusion still stands out as one of the greatest challenges of our time. I am representing a donor who is strongly committed to poverty reduction worldwide to improve the everyday life for people concerned; to reduce social inequalities; and to strengthen social cohesion, underlines Ambassador Gjelstad.

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Photo: Eleftheria Pantziou.

Ambassador Gjelstad spoke to EmbassyNews.net and commented on the current developments in Greek and European politics, the economy and the impact the refugee crisis has had in Greece and in Europe. Interview with Eleftheria Pantziou.

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