Bilateral relations

The EEA and Norway Grants have two overall objectives: contributing to the reduction of the economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening the bilateral relations between the donor states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the 15 beneficiary countries. Bilateral partnerships between public and private institutions, NGOs and research institutions in the donor and beneficiary countries are widely encouraged. In order to facilitate such cooperation EUR 106,500 (1,5% of the grant) have been set aside at programme level to facilitate and strengthen bilateral relations. The fund for bilateral relations at programme level is managed by the Fund Operator according to the work plan (PDF) agreed with the donors and donor programme partner.