The conference launching the 3rd edition of the EEA and Norway Grants in Poland was held September 12, 2019 at the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development in Warsaw. Culture, internal affairs, health, business development and innovation are the next areas supported by the Funds. Agreements for new Programmes were signed by the Minister of Investment and Economic Development Jerzy Kwieciński and the Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway in Poland Olav Myklebust.
"Thanks to the support of the EEA and Norway Grants, until now, Poland used over EUR 1 billion and implemented hundreds of projects. Consistently Poland remains the largest Beneficiary State, the same as in previous editions. In the frame of the just launched the Third edition envelope contains EUR 809 million, which is almost PLN 3,5 billion" – underlined Minister Jerzy Kwieciński.
In the conference took part inter alia the Minister of Environment Henryk Kowalczyk, the deputy Minister of Health Sławomir Gadomski, the Vice President of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Adam Banaszak, director of the National Center for Research and Development Wojciech Kamieniecki, director general of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System Paweł Poszytek and the representatives of Norway Ministry of International Affairs and of the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels.
The first three Programmes: Education, Research and Local Development has already been launched under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. As a result of signing agreements concerning realization of the next four Programmes: Culture, Home affairs, Health, Business development and innovation, the majority of Funds of the edition 2014-2021 became available for use. This is the chance inter alia for implementing valuable initiatives promoting entrepreneurship in the area of culture, more efficient fight against crime, enhanced prophylaxis, reduction of social disparities in health and support of innovativeness and competitiveness of Polish companies.
EUR 88 million for culture
The Culture Programme will be focused on a role, which culture and cultural heritage play in local and regional development with an emphasis on employment and entrepreneurship in this area. The budget of the Programme is over EUR 88 million (EUR 75 million are funds of the EEA Financial Mechanism and more than EUR 13 million is the national contribution). The Programme is implemented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in collaboration with partners from Donor-States: the Arts Council Norway (ACN) and the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (RA).
"The objective of the programme is development of cultural collaboration, cultural entrepreneurship and improvement of heritage management. For realization of activities in area of culture in two previous editions of Financial Mechanisms we allocated over EUR 190 million, which allowed to implement 134 partnership art activities and 56 investment projects. Among the latter we can mention renovation of the castle in Malbork or construction of the Maritime Education Centre in Gdańsk. In the current perspective in the area of culture EUR 88 million will be allocated, this is, after the Environment Programme, the second largest budget in the frame of the EEA Financial Mechanism" – said Monika Smoleń-Bromska, director of the Department of European Affairs and Funds in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The programme will include activities and initiatives in art and culture, which promote inclusion of ethnic and national minorities. Moreover, the programme provides support for Jewish heritage in Poland. For support, under the implemented programme, may apply inter alia public cultural institutions, public artistic schools and public higherartistic educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, entities of local governments or churches and religious associations.
Improvement of security
The Home Affairs Programme is implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration (MSWiA) in collaboration with the MSWiA European Projects Implementation Centre (COPE) and the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB). Its overall budget is EUR 23,5 million (EUR 20 million are financial resources of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, and over EUR 3,5 million is the national contribution).
The programme will be implemented in 3 areas:
- asylum and migration – takes into account inter alia activities, which focus on support of voluntary returns as well as support and services for unaccompanied minors, who apply for asylum and for other groups with special needs;
- support for international police cooperation and fight against crime, including actions aimed at improving investigation capabilities and increase the capacity to work with international organizations as Europol, Eurojust, Interpol and Frontex;
- activities for the prevention of natural disasters and for preparedness in case of such disasters.
"Predefined projects will be implemented by the Police, the Border Guard, The Office for Foreigners, the Internal Security Agency in partnership with Norwegian institutions, e.g. the Norwegian Police Academy, KRIPOS – The National Criminal Investigation Service – a Norwegian police entity dedicated to fight against organized crime, ID-Centre – office providing assistance for Police and other public administration offices in determining indentity of foreigners, The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)"– said Magdalena Zdrojewska, Vice Director of the MSWiA European Projects Implementation Centre.
The Polish-Norwegian initiative concerning improvement of road safety will be also implemented. Moreover, the Programme Operator provides the announcement of open calls for proposals, addressed to public institutions (from public finance sector), non-governmental institutions and international organizations. The Programme Operator plans two calls for proposals – one in the area of collaboration and fight against crime and the second in the area of asylum and migration.
Funds for health
Ministry of Health will be the operator of the Health Programme, implemented in collaboration with the Norwegian Directorate of Health (HDIR). Budget of the Programme is over EUR 23,5 million (EUR 20 million are the funds of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and over EUR 3,5 million is the national contribution).
"The Ministry of Health takes part in the Third Edition of the EEA and Norway Grants, which indicates that the health of Poles is considered by the Ministry very seriously. The Health Programme offers a broad spectrum of actions in the area of telemedicine and e-health politics, healthy lifestyle of children and adolescents, taking into consideration psychiatric care, the actions which, I hope, will significantly reduce social disparities" – underlined the Vice-Minister of Health Sławomir Gadomski.
Strengthened prophylaxis and reduction of social disparities in health are the objectives of the programme. The programme shall focus on activities in the area of telemedicineand e-health politics,healthy lifestyle of children and adolescents, taking into consideration psychiatric care. For support may apply supra-regional hospitals and research institutes, which are part of the healthcare system. Support is intended for actions related to practical tests of telemedicine applications and to e-health in selected medical fields, for instance cardiology, geriatrics,psychiatry,palliative care as well as actions related to health prophylaxis.
Chance for SMEs
Business Development and Innovation is a programme operated by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) in collaboration with Innovation Norway. Its budget is EUR 100 million, from which EUR 85 million are measures of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, and EUR 15 million is the national contribution.
"In order to adapt to dynamically changing needs of the Polish business, we are constantly expanding the range of support for entrepreneurship. That is why we welcomed with a great satisfaction the decision about the entrustment to our Agency the realization of the EEA and Norway Grants Programme for entrepreneurs. We are very pleased that PARP experience in distribution of support for SMEs has been appreciated. „Business Development and Innovation” is the largest of programmes for entrepreneurs under the EEA and Norway Grants in Poland"– said Adam Banaszak, the Vice-President of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.
The Programme will enable strengthening of competitiveness of Polish companies primarily through support in development and implementation of innovative technologies, solutions, processes, products and services. For support may apply micro-, small and medium size enterprises.
The Programme provides 4 components, under which calls for proposals will be announced concerning:
- support of green technologies (green industry innovations);
- support of blue innovations (innovative technologies in the area of marine and inland waters);
- support of technologies improving the quality of life (Welfare Technology);
- support of small grants for development of innovativeness in enterprises led by women in all above mentioned subject areas.
Presentation „Calls of the III Edition of EEA and Norway Grants” (PDF 1 MB) (in Polish)
Presentation „Environmental aspects of local development” (PDF 2 MB) (in Polish)
Conference launching the EEA and Norway Grants in Poland - part I
Conference launching the EEA and Norway Grants in Poland - part II
Conference launching the EEA and Norway Grants in Poland - photos and graphics
Graphic description of the main subjects of the debate
Minister J. Kwieciński
Ambassador O. Myklebust
Signing of PAs - 1
Signing of PAs - 2
Signing of PAs - 3
Signing of PAs - family photo 1
Signing of PAs - family photo 2
Prof. Nina Witoszek - University of Oslo
Graphic description of the speech - Prof. Nina Witoszek, University of Oslo
Graphic description of the speech - Dr. Piotr Mikołajczyk, UNEP/GRID-Warsaw
Graphic description of the speeches - Minister J. Kwieciński and Ambassador O. Myklebust