Opening remarks by Ambassador Astrid Versto, at the 'Seminar on Press Freedom: Experiences, Challenges, and Best Pratices', Zagreb, 8 December 2015.

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Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken.

The Financial Mechanism Office – the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants – is calling for bids for a Fund Operator to support the management of the EEA and Norway Grants Global Fund for Regional Cooperation.

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‘In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.

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Photo: Nora Brønseth/Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Norway was pleased to discuss the implementation of ongoing projects at the Annual Meeting of the EEA and Norway Grants with the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds in Zagreb on 10 March. The Ministry is National Focal Point of the Grants.

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Photo: Nora Brønseth/Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The Norwegian State Secretary Tronstad met the Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds On 4 March to discuss how EEA and Norway Grants can provide benefits for Croatia and strengthen the bilateral cooperation with Norway.

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The opening ceremony of the project “Improving the quality and efficiency of the judicial system through infrastructure development and better management” was held in the town of Karlovac on Friday December 18. The project is funded by the EEA and Norway Grants.

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A Ceremony of signing the agreements and a workshop for successful applicants has been organized by National Foundation for Civil Society Development

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First panel, from the right with moderator Jelena Berkovic and participants Saša Leković, Thomas Spence, Helena Puljiz, Berislav Jelinić.

On Tuesday 8 December, the Embassy, in cooperation with the Croatian Journalists Association and the Norwegian Union of Journalists, hosted a seminar on press freedom at the Journalist's House in Zagreb. The event addressed matters of press freedom and the challenges media outlets face such as increasing commercialization, political pressure and hate speech.

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Photo: United Nations.

The Government is prepared to make a major contribution to a joint and intensified European effort to improve systems for receiving refugees and asylum-seekers in the years ahead.

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Jakša Puljiz, Croatian Deputy Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds and Norwegian State Secretary Ingvild Næss Stub at the signature event for Croatia. 
Photo: Christian Grotnes Halvorsen.

Croatia has been allocated €9.6M in support from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein after joining the European Union and European Economic Area (EEA).

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Researchers from the University of Wroclaw and Oslo University Hospital are searching for new and improved cancer therapies. 
Photo: Christophe Vander Eecken.

‘Europe is lagging behind its global competitors. With the EEA and Norway Grants, we are helping to stimulate job creation in Europe through innovation, research and education. Norwegian researchers and companies are also involved in many of the projects,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen.

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A call for proposals for projects aimed at strengthening of the human rights organizations was published within the EEA and Norway grants NGO programme.

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The conclusions and recommendations from “The tripartite social dialogue project” was presented in Zagreb 6 July. Partly thanks to the support from the EEA and Norway grants, common ground has been found between employers, employees and the government for a constructive social dialogue.

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Photo: The National Foundation for Development of Civil Society.

The NGO Fund Operator of the EEA and Norway grants in Croatia, The National Foundation for Civil Society Development, signed the funding contracts with seventeen NGOs on Tuesday 16 June. The best evaluated projects concerning youth and democratization and human rights received financial support amounting to 4,6 million kuna in total, which is secured by contributions of Norway, Iceland and...

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Photo: National Foundation for  Civil Society Development.

The ceremony of signing the agreements with 30 successful applicants in the first Open Call financed within the NGO programme of the EEA and Norway Grants took place on Monday 9 March in Zagreb. The National Foundation for Civil Society Development, an institution responsible for operating the NGO programme of the EEA and Norway Grants in Croatia, organized the special event as well as the...

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