“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.
This is the third application period for the EEA Grants since the EEA Agreement was signed in 1994. In the new period, Norway will give priority to climate and environmental measures, promotion of economic growth and competitiveness, and work for an inclusive Europe.
- The EU is becoming less competitive in the global economy. This threatens our welfare and living conditions. To promote economic growth and increase competitiveness, we must invest more in people - in knowledge, research and innovation, said Aspaker.
EEA Grants will fund various projects in 15 of the EU's less prosperous countries. The money goes to sectors which are both central to development in recipient countries, and where there is also potential and interest for cooperation with Norway. Government has selected five main priorities for the new programming period.
In addition to Aspaker held the Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein, Aurelia Frick, and Director General Unnur Orradóttir Rametta from Iceland speeches during the launch.
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