Romania has reached a total of 31.1 million euros in EEA and Norway Grants for environment programmes, data revealed by eeagrantsmediu.ro portal reveals.
The most recent project announced and run with the help of EEA funds, ‘The Green Path to Sustainable Development’ is worth approximately 4.55 million euros. The programme is financed under the RO07 Programme Adapting to climate change, through funds provided by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA 2009 – 2014 Grants, with a non-refundable amount of 3.82 million euros, in addition to co-financing and ineligible expenditure provided by the Ministry of the Environment, Water and Forestry. The project runs January 2015 – January 2017, and the general objective is to reduce human vulnerability and that of the ecosystem to climate change and is aimed at creating a set of good practices on adaptation to climate change.
The EEA and Norway Grants are allocated to Romania for proposals of projects submitted during the following calls: RO04 Reducing dangerous substances (Call 1 ‘Support instruments for decision-making’ and Call 2 ‘Training and awareness campaigns’), RO02 Biodiversity and ecosystem services (Call 1 ‘Studies and training on the contribution of natural ecosystems to the main economic sectors,’ Call 2 ‘Raising management and monitoring capacity of green corridors’ and Call 3 ‘Schemes of large-scale ecosystem restorations’) and RO07 Adapting to climate change – Call ‘Launching workshops for evaluating risk and vulnerability in Sibiu, Brasov and Tg. Mures counties.’
Between 2009 and 2014, EEA grants have supported 86 programmes in 16 European countries and are available to all 13 EU member states that joined the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2004, 2007 and 2013, as well as Greece, Spain and Portugal.
According to the source, EEA grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway