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Final Strategic Report summary regarding the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 in Hungary

The preparation and implementation of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 in Hungary started after the signature of Memoranda of Understandings in October, 2011. […]

Az EGT és Norvég Alapokat bemutató három epizódos rövidfilm készült

Az EGT és Norvég Finanszírozási Mechanizmusok 2009-2014 közötti időszakáról három epizódos rövidfilm készült, mely bemutatja nyolc év közös munkájának eredményeit, hátterét. […]

10 episodes series are made presenting the outcomes of the enhancing bilateral relations

10 episodes series are made presenting the outcomes of the enhancing bilateral relations The overall objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants are reduction of economic and social disparities and strengthening bilateral relations between the Donor States and the beneficiary states. In the 10 episodes series we provide you with an insight into the cooperation in each programme area. We show you a successful bilateral cooperation at project level which contributed to the more successful implementation. […]

New call for proposal within EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation

The Programme’s first call for proposal, Common Challenges – Shared Solutions (Call no. 2018-01) is available on the official website.. […]

National Fund for Bilateral Relation’s open call has been modified

The National Focal Point hereby informs the applicants about the recent modification of “CAMPAIGN” call, available since 13 th December 2017. Through the modification, the deadline for submission is 17 th of January 2018 and the GFO code of the corporation with legal entity is 1. Modified Call for Proposal is available on EEA and Norway Grants’ official Hungarian website since 11 th Januray 2018. The amendment does not affect the other conditions set out in the call. […]

Projekt eredményeket bemutató filmek készítésére vonatkozó nyílt pályázati felhívás érhető el

Az EGT és Norvég Alap, valamint a Miniszterelnökség szervezésében újabb pályázati felhívás indult, melyre 2018. január 12-ig pályázhatnak a NORA rendszerén keresztül az érdeklődők. A pályázat keretén belül film készítésére igényelhető támogatás, ennek célja a projektek keretében megvalósult bilaterális együttműködések bemutatása. A filmek megengedett hosszúsága programterülettől függően változik, terjedelmük maximum 7-10 perc lehet. A beadott pályázati anyagokat magyar és angol nyelven is szükséges benyújtani. A pályázat benyújtására vonatkozó részletek ide kattintva olvashatóak. […]

Norway Grant 2009-2014: „HU11” – Capacity Extension and Inter-Institutional Cooperation Program

The cycle 2009 to 2014 in the Norway Financing Mechanisms has come to an end in the framework of which a ceremony to celebrate closing of the Capacity Extension and Inter-Institutional Cooperation Program (HU11) was also held in Balatonfüred on 23 and 24 November 2017. In the mentioned funding cycle the Norway Grant provided to Hungary funds totalling 83.2 million euros. On behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Gergő Korponai, the Operator of the Program, officially opened the conference, and uttered appreciation for cooperation, on-time performance of projects, and congratulated the Hungarian self-governments and institutions on their flourishing contribution to the program. He said that two comprehensive aims were defined and a fund of 12.7 million euros was granted to establish cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. On the one hand institutional capacities were extended on the other hand services provided locally by local authorities were improved. Owing to fruitful project implementation the standard of numerous old-age welfare and other social services were upgraded and enhanced. Within the framework of certain projects, community platforms and social spaces were set up to facilitate easier implementation of local-governmental duties. Related to specific projects, refurbishment projects dedicated to energy efficiency were implemented, new labour market services and training centres were established related to that adult education courses were conducted. Representing the Prime Minister’s Office, Adrián Savanyú greeted the attendants. In the granting period he functioned as the head of the National Relationship organisation. Then Olav Berstad, Norway’s ambassador in Hungary, and on behalf of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, Elita Cakule, Head of General Department, delivered their speeches. Following the opening ceremony came the presentation of the HU11 program by the representatives of the Program Operator and Implementation Agency. Presentation of projects implemented under the aegis of this program continued on the first day of this ceremony session and the second day was devoted to initiations financed from the funds granted for program level bilateral relationships. Owners of some specific projects: National Association for Governments of Municipalities Ministry of Interior Affairs – National Directorate General for Disaster Management Prime Minister’s Office – Undersecretary’s Office in charge of Society related and heritage protection affairs as well as special cultural development projects Tender contract owners: • Local Government of Törökbálint • Budapest Capital city, District XI, Local Government of Újbuda • Local Government of Hajdúböszörmény • Budapest Capital city, District XVIII Local Government of Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre • Local Government of Alsómocsolád • Local Government of Rácalmás • Local Government of Pécs, town of county rank • Local Government of Mórahalom Owners of projects financed from program level bilateral relationships funds: • Local Government of Kemecse • Local Government of Alsómocsolád • Local Government of Abasár • Local Government of Szamossályi • Local Government of Rácalmás • Local Government of Böhönye • Local Government of Törökbálint Representatives of Norwegian institutions involved in the project as partners also honoured the closing conference with their attendance. Like the program, the ceremony was also commonly recognised as a success. […]

Second Cycle of EEA and Norway Grants Fruitfully Closed

The ceremony to celebrate fruitful closing of the cycle 2009-2014 in the EEA and the Norway financing mechanisms was held on 16 November, at the Liszt Ferenc Airport, Terminal 1 in Budapest. The Prime Minister’s Office organised the conference, opened by Ms. Eszter , Vitályos, undersecretary of state, in charge of EU development affairs. She said in her speech that eight years of collective work, involving the EU, the donor countries and Hungary had come to an end on that day. This cycle, being the second occasion that Hungary received the funds, was definitely fruitful for Hungary. - Preparation of the new financing cycle 2014-2021 is being in progress, said Ms. Eszter Vitályos, secretary of state – our common target being an agreement reached among Hungary, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Ambassador of Norway, Mr. Olav Berstad greeted the audience and uttered how pleased he was for Hungary could withdraw the funds granted by the Norway and EEA Grants. Then Henning Stiro , director of the Financing Mechanism Office greeted those present. In his welcome speech he expressed his hope to have a fruitful future cooperation with Hungary for which the Financing Mechanism Office would be able to provide to the participants firm fundamentals. Following the welcome speeches, the National Contact Coordinator, that is the Prime Minister’s Office presented its summary. The Head of Office, Mr. Adrián Savanyú gave an overview of the entire financing mechanism and the achievements. In the cycle concerned, the member states of the European Economic Area granted 70 million Euros while the Norway Grant provided 83.2 million Euros to Hungary.  - EEA and EU member states agreed to provide funds and under the agreement we provide markets. – summarised Mr. Adrián Savanyú, General Head of Department. According to him, Hungary had set up a three-level system of institutions to withdraw the funds, and had appointed the Prime Minister’s Office to act as national contact coordinator. Program planning was embarked on in 2011, and only two years later were the invitations to applications announced. Unfortunately, in 2014, the reorganisation in Hungarian public administration entailed loose one year forced interval whereas cooperation projects needed alterations in every field. Fortunately, donor countries remained flexible enough and conceded prolongation in the case of each project. Altogether 155 projects were launched, which was great success with tight work schedules behind. 87% was the success rate with 146 projects implemented out of 155. In certain fields, 96% of the available funds were utilised. After the summary, the Program Fields were presented through sample projects. In the first segment of the conference, Ms. Katalin Papp, head of department at the Ministry of National Development, presented the Energy Efficiency (HU02) and renewable energy (HU03) programmes, and told that t the outset it had seemed the programme would be unfeasible. Finally, once the thwarting obstacles and impediments had been overcome, 6 schools were reconstructed and refurbished within the framework of the energy efficiency programme, and a biogas power plant was established in Kiskunhalas under the renewable energy programme. On both fields abundant networking systems were established, which was also considered a remarkable success by the head of department. Following that, Ms. Judit Bálint, the REC programme manager communicated the achievements regarding the programme: Adaptation to climatic changes (HU04). In that programme, 7 million-euro budget sufficed to implement 10 projects. Then Ms. Veronika Móra , director of Ökotárs Alapítvány (Eco-Mate Foundation) projected short documentaries on sample projects to demonstrate implementation of the Civil Fund (HU05) programme. After the lunch-break, presentation of diverse program areas was continued, namely with the description of the Cultural Heritage Protection (HU07) programme, presented by the programme manager, Ms. Andrea Tóth, on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office. In the course of this programme, urban constructed heritage protection and reconstruction of some buildings were implemented, but in the spirit of cultural and artistic variegation, projects aiding the Roma to bridge the gap, theatrical performances and symposia were also funded from the grants. Mr. Szabolcs Bokodi, a manager of Tempus Public Foundation in charge of higher education described the Scholarship Programme (HU08), addressing predominantly the higher education sector with Norwegian contribution. Professional visits, higher education mobilities, training courses and inter-institutional cooperation projects were implemented with the aid of the grant amounting to 3.5 million Euros. In total, 126 funded applications were realised in the framework of this programme. Dr. Márta Szabó, programme manager, represented the Szent István University, who presented the Green Industrial Innovations programme (HU09), in which the university itself acted as programme operator. Altogether 36 projects were implemented including ones aimed at reducing the mass of waste, and at cutting back on air, water and soil pollution. The programme operator, Dr. Gergő Korponai presented the Capacity extension and inter-institutional cooperation programme (HU11), on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office. The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities assisted establishment of the cooperation, with a fund amounting to 12.7 million euros and focused around two comprehensive targets. On the one hand institutional capacity was enhanced, on the other hand the services provided by local governmental authorities were improved. The buildings of local government authorities were refurbished involving eight local governments, as well as new community spaces were constructed, such as the in Morahalom, for the elderly. LocaL governments were to collaborate with Norwegian partners. In some cases, the networking was so successful that it even entered into the preparatory stage of contracting between partnership towns. Mr. Attila Srágli , the director of the National Healthcare Services Centre presented the Public health initiatives (HU12) programme. Work conditions of health visitors working in Roma communities were improved from the 8.5 million euros budget, and in three underprivileged counties several programs were organised for communities in need. The programme was devoted to improving the standard of public health services. Presentation of the programmes was followed by the announcement of photo competition awards, which was intended to demonstrate the achievements of the EEA and Norway Grants in Hungary through photos. The competition, announced by the Prime Minister’s Office, invited photos and photomontages to set in the highlight and present the achievements and improvements implemented with the aid of the Grants. Culture related program closed the conference. Besides the performance by the pupils from the Móra Ferenc Primary School, Budapest District XIV, the Hungarian National Ballet Foundation’s performance and the concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra Hungary Concert and Festival Organiser were also staged. The cultural programme was closed by the 4 For Dance’s performance. […]

Open calls for proposals of the National Fund for Bilateral Relations have been published

Open calls for proposals of the National Fund for Bilateral Relations have been published We are pleased to announce that two new open calls for proposals can be applied for within the National Fund for Bilateral Relations (hereinafter: NFBR), a special area of the EEA and Norway Grants. The overall objective of the NFBR is to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States – Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein – and Hungary. The aim is to increase the extent of cooperation between institutions and individuals, through formal partnerships or more ad hoc exchange and collaboration. The bilateral cooperation shall contribute to solve a particular issue through sharing experience, knowledge, know-how and technology. The announced open calls are targeting two fields of intervention: 1. „Tackling climate change” – Encouraging cooperation between Donor States and Hungary in the field of environmental protection. Herewith the aim is to improve awareness and strengthen the sense of responsibility for the environment in the society, raise awareness of the population regarding the climate change, exchange experience regarding slowing and adapting to climate change. 2. „Equal opportunities for women” – Encouraging cooperation between Donor States and Hungary with the aim of strengthening gender equality and elimination of violence against women. Herewith the aim is to promote better balance between work and family life: improvement of women’s labor market status (flexible, atypical employment and other solutions); stimulation of businesses set up and run by women. fight against violence and abuse at work. 150 000 EUR is made available in each field of intervention (altogether 300 000 EUR). Within both calls, two different implementation modalities can be applied for, as follows: Programme for Initiatives with Easy Reimbursement Option (PIERO): PIERO supports ad hoc initiatives. The projects implemented in the framework of the PIERO should be more simple and consist of one specific action (e.g. participation at or organization an event, meeting). In the PIERO scheme there is no fixed deadline for submitting applications, the calls for proposals will be open continuously until funds are available. Cooperation Programme for Enhanced Relations (COOPER): COOPER supports initiatives with the aim of establishing longer term, more structured and institutionalized cooperation (e.g. organization of a conference, a series of events or some awareness raising campaigns and subsequent publication the achieved results). In the COOPER scheme, the call for proposals will be open for a limited period, the deadline for submission of applications is 31 January 2014. Eligible applicants of the open calls are legal entities established in Hungary. Eligible partners can be any entity, established as a legal person in Hungary or in the Donor States as well as inter-governmental organizations operating in Hungary or in the Donor States. All applicants have to present in their proposal at least one partner from the Donor States. For further details, please  visit this site . […]

National Fund for Bilateral Relation’s open calls has been modified with the change of Partner Agreement requirements

The National Focal Point hereby informs the applicants about the recent modification of  “Tackling climate change”  and  “Equal opportunities for women”  calls, available since 9 th  March 2017. Through the modification, the applicant is no longer obliged to attach a Partner Agreement form. To verify partnership, an „Official Exchange of Letters” document is eligible, proving the initiation will be carried out in a bilateral partnership. Please note that the Partner Agreement is also still acceptable. Fundamental requirements of the Official Exchange of Letter are the following:  –          justification that the initiatives will be implemented in the cooperation with the donor partner, –          the financial conditions and –          the division of tasks between the parties. Modified  Call for Proposals  are available on EEA and Norway Grants’ official Hungarian website since 13 rd  June 2017. The amendment does not affect the other conditions set out in the calls. […]