10 billion forints for supporting public health and children and youth at Risk in Hungary
On 5th December with the participation of 200 people, the National Development Agency Managing Authority for Human Resource Programs organised the opening ceremony of the Public Health Initiatives and the Children and Youth at Risk programme areas of the EEA and Norway Grants. In the framework of the open calls for proposals, which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014, the potential applicants can apply for almost 10 billion forints for the purpose of reducing health, economic and social inequalities. From the 40 billion forint support offered by the donor states (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) to Hungary until 2016, 5.9 billion forints will be spent on public health, while 3.9 billion forints for vulnerable children and youth.
Dr. Zoltán Kovács, the Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry for Human Resources in his opening speech thanked the donor countries and organisations their support and highlighted the importance of the previous cooperations, the best practices of which are used by the government in its everyday work. Mr. Arild Moberg Sande, Councellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Hungary explained that the donor organisations give assistance not only in the planning, but also in the implementation phase, and the resulting bilateral relations will be useful for both Hungary and Norway. Representatives of the Hungarian institutions presented the structure of the EEA and Norway Grants, the steps of the planning process and the contents of the future calls for proposals. The colleagues of the donor program partner institutions emphasised the importance of partnerships. Following the ceremonial events, the experts, potential applicants and other interested parties took part in workshops discussing the contents of the open calls.
In both programme areas improving the living standards of the most vulnerable groups, including the Roma population is a specific concern, therefore at the venue of the ceremony paintings by psychiatric patients and photos by Roma people were exhibited, moreover young Roma musicians of the Snétberger Music Talent Centre – which was supported by the EEA and Norway Grants 2004-2009 – also gave a concert.