Introducing the Funds and the Programme

About the EEA and Norway Grants

European Economic Area (EEA) Grants and Norway Grants are financial mechanisms established by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The donor states are members of the EEA but are not members of the European Union, thus they do not contribute financially to the common policies of the EU. The grants are designed to encourage bilateral cooperation and project partnerships with 15 EU countries, including Hungary, and reduce economic and social disparities within the EEA.

Further details are available at the EEA Grants and Norway Grants website.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed a memorandum of understanding with Hungary on October 12, 2011, making available EUR 153 million. Hungary and the donor states jointly selected 12 programme areas to which the donor states are willing to contribute. Programme operators responsible for these programme areas were also designated in the memorandum of understanding.

Seven programme areas are supported by EEA Grants: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Adaptation to Climate Change, Civil Society – NGO Programmes, Children and Youth at Risk, Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, and Scholarships. Five programme areas will be supported by Norway Grants: Green Industry Innovation, Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue, Bilateral Research Cooperation, Capacity Building and Institutional Cooperation, and Public Health.


About the 'Adaptation to climate change' programme AND the EEA Grants in Hungary

On June 6, 2013, the Financial Mechanism Committee of the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants approved the Adaptation to Climate Change programme area. The fund operator for this programme is the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), and the donor partner is the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB). The total funding for the programme, which runs until April 30, 2017, is EUR 7,010,000.

The programme aims to promote a clear understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerability in Hungary; encourage actions to improve climate resilience at local level; raise awareness of climate change impacts; and share examples of replicable projects that contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change.

Programme components

The programme is divided into three main components, all of which focus on climate change adaptation:

  • The National Adaptation Geoinformatic System (C1, NAGiS)
  • Local climate change adaptation capacity building (C2)
  • Pilot projects focusing on climate change adaptation measures at local and regional level (C3)

The programme contributes to establishing a system that will: provide a sound basis for identifying adaptation options at different levels in Hungary; heighten awareness of adaptation efforts in Hungary; mobilise stakeholders and local-level decision makers; inform and empower actors to develop and implement local strategies; and strengthen climate resilience based on knowledge of local impacts and vulnerabilities. The pilot projects are intended to provide replicable examples of how resilience can be enhanced at both local and sub-regional level. One additional benefit of this outreach is that local populations will become more aware of climate-related issues and will begin to understand the tangible, local impacts of what are generally regarded as abstract phenomena.

The programme fosters cooperation between the donor state and Hungarian entities and contributes to strengthening bilateral relations in the field of adaptation to climate change. The DSB’s involvement in the implementation of the programme further strengthens its cooperation with the Hungarian ministries and public entities working on adaptation to climate change, as well as with the programme fund operator, the REC.

Closing event

Key facts

Under the Adaptation to Climate Change programme area there were four open calls for projects in the range of EUR 170,000 to EUR 800,000. The calls were for bilateral partnership projects.

The first calls for project proposals were published at the end of 2013, and the last ones at the end of 2014. All incoming project proposals were evaluated by Spring 2015.

Entities registered in Hungary were eligible to apply. The main target groups were relevant public institutions, local and regional governments, universities, research institutes, SMEs and NGOs. Specific eligibility criteria were provided in each call.


To reduce the vulnerability of the human population and ecosystems to climate change.

Priority sector

Climate change

Programme operator

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)

Programme number


Programme donor partner

Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB)

Programme duration

Until April 30, 2017

Total grants

EUR 7,010,000

From EEA Grants

EUR 7,010,000

Programme area

PA07 Adaptation to Climate Change

Programme status


Calls for proposals

The first calls were published at the end of 2013. All new calls were available on this website.