In the evening of 12.09.2018, the CEO of SPCleantech, Janusz Kahl took part in a working dinner in Krakow after the annual meeting in Katowice of the Steering Committee of the Norwegian and European Economic Area (EEA) with the main negotiator, Sjur Larsen, Norway. The delegation consisted of representatives of three donor countries – Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein responsible for negotiations and conclusion of agreements with EU countries covered by the financial support of the funds.
The following participated in the dinner:
- Sjur Larsen – Director of the Department of the Central-European Section of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Marit Bækkelund Randsborg – head advisor to the Central-European section of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Henning Stirø – head of the Financial Mechanism Office
- Arni Pall Arnason – director, Financial Mechanism Office, Brussels
- Tori Hoven – Financial Mechanism Office
- Linn-Kaja Rogstad – country officer Poland, Financial Mechanism Office
- Helen Lorez – Second Secretary, Mission of Liechtenstein in the EU
- Elin Sigurdsdottir – Deputy Head of Mission / Counselor, Embassy of Iceland in Berlin
- Hrund Hafsteinsdottir, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland
- Ingrid Norstein, Counselor of the Embassy of Norway in Warsaw
- Marian Mikołajski – Consul of Norway in Krakow
The Norwegian and EEA Funds – 2014 – 2021
In October 2017 negotiations on the launch of the 3rd edition of the Norwegian and EEA Funds in Poland were completed. Intergovernmental agreements (Memoranda of Understanding), allowing for the launch of the next edition of funds, were signed on December 20, 2017. Following the MoU signing, work is carried out (mainly by program operators) to determine the specific areas to be supported under the program and the rules conducting the call for proposals.
It is initially assumed that the first calls for proposals of the 3rd edition of the Norwegian and EEA funds 2014-2021 can start in early 2019.
The budget for Poland
In total, for the third edition of the Norwegian and EEA Funds, donor countries, namely Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, allocated over 2.8 billion euros. Support was given to 15 countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic countries.
With the allocation of EUR 809.3 million, Poland, as in previous years, will remain the largest beneficiary of these funds.
Programs in specific areas will be implemented by Polish public institutions. The exception will be – as in previous editions – areas of “Civil society” and “Social dialogue – decent work”, which will be managed by donors, respectively by the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels and Innovation Norway.