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THE JOINT COMMITTEE FOR BILATERAL FUND ESTABLISHED

One of the overall aims of the EEA and Norway Grants is to strengthen the bilateral cooperation for the sake of which the donor states and Hungary established the Joint Committee for Bilateral Fund on 19 February 2021. From the Hungarian side the Prime Minister’s Office as the National Focal Point manages the Committee with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, whereas Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are represented by their ambassadors.

The Committee reviewed the possible fields of cooperation and the further tasks at the first meeting. The Work Plan regarding the planned initiatives is currently being drafted on the basis of which several activities can be supported hopefully already in autumn 2021, primarily in the form of open calls where the beneficiaries could receive grants for their short- and long- term cooperation.

We will continuously provide information about the opportunities, therefore you are kindly requested to monitor our website.

Open call for proposal of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2014-2021 for the role of the Implementing Agency has been published

The Prime Minister’s Office, as the National Focal Point of the EEA and Norway Grants has been published a call for proposal on the selection of the Implementing Agency relating to the third period of the EEA and Norway Grants.

The deadline for submission of the applications is 14 May 2021 at 12:00 CET.

The applications will be evaluated after the submission deadline.

Should you have any questions related to the call for proposal, the questions can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 15 days before the submission deadline.

An online information day will be held for the potential applicants, the details will be available soon on the website.

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DEADLINE FOR INVITATION TO BID FOR CIVIL FUND OPERATOR EXTENDED

The overarching goal of the Active Citizens Fund, overseen by Donor States, is to strengthen civil society and active citizenship, and to support vulnerable groups.

Application deadline: May 10, 2021
Date of online information session: April 12, 2021

If you are interested in attending an information session and/or would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further information and the call for proposals are available here.

NEW MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING ON EEA AND NORWAY GRANTS WITH HUNGARY

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein have been cooperating with Hungary for almost 20 years to reduce economic and social disparities. On 21 December 2020, the representatives of the Donor States providing the EEA and Norway Grants signed agreements with the Hungarian side enabling the use of approximately EUR 214 million (approximately HUF 75 billion).
Already in the third period, Hungary will benefit from this source in exchange for the more effective participation of the Donor States in the EU market. With the signing of the agreements, a total of more than HUF 86 billion of development funds will be available, including the national contribution of about HUF 11 billion. Continuation of the joint work started in the previous funding periods may enable the implementation of further developments in Hungary supporting social and economic growth. Efforts in the field of energy and climate change continue to be an important element in the use of resources available to Hungary. Supporting business development and innovation, in particular green innovation, is of paramount importance. The overarching goal is to improve the living conditions of the most disadvantaged social groups, including Roma communities, but there will also be opportunities to receive support in other areas.
Information on future application opportunities and the application process will be available on the official website of the Grants and on the official Facebook page.

ROMA EMPOWERMENT IS A KEY AREA IN DEVELOPMENT PLANS FINANCED BY THE EEA AND NORWAY GRANTS

A wide-ranging public consultation on the details of the use of the EEA and Norway Grants has been launched with the involvement of Hungarian NGOs. The professional direction of the planned programmes in the fields of education, energy efficiency and climate protection, culture, local development and social inclusion were agreed at an online Roma Roundtable conference organized on 23 February 2021, by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Interior.

The EEA and Norway Grants is a contribution of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen bilateral relations in the Member States of the European Union. In case of Hungary, in addition to the programme specifically targeting the Roma and disadvantaged population, most other programmes are also expected to have social inclusion aspects in the developments planned until 2024.

The conference was attended by Trine Skymoen, Ambassador of Norway to Hungary, who emphasized on behalf of the donor countries that the basic goal of the Round Table is a wide-ranging professional dialogue with Roma population and their organizations which will be a priority in the planning and implementation of the programmes at municipal and regional level, as well as in the local communities affected by the developments.

In the afternoon consultation following the programme introductions, an active professional dialogue was developed between the representatives of more than 30 invited organizations and the Representatives responsible for the programmes as well as the international partners on the challenges, development needs and opportunities affecting the Roma community. The invited organizations enriched the presented programme plans with many suggestions and new aspects.

Emphasis was placed on the development of coherence between the domestic human service systems and the domestic, EU and international development goals and resources, as well as on the better utilization of the mutually reinforcing effects of regulations and developments. Representatives responsible for the programmes as well as the participating organizations also expressed their intention to further cooperate in the elaboration and implementation of the programmes.