The objectives of the 8 agreed upon programmes are to contribute to social and economic development in Latvia and strengthen the cooperation between Latvia and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The main priorities will be innovation, research, climate and environment as well as justice and police cooperation. Support to civil society, local development, poverty reduction cultural cooperation are also areas that will receive support.

“Europe is still facing major social challenges. Jobs need to be created, social inequality needs to be reduced, and democracy and institutions still need to be strengthened. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Norway is providing targeted support to parts of Europe where the needs are greatest,” said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Marit Berger Røsland.

The current agreement builds on the good cooperation established with Latvia in the previous funding period, and aims to strengthen even more these ties through the eight programmes available. Among the donor partners from Norway we find Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Services, the Norwegian Environment Agency and The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is contact point for Norwegian organizations and entities interested in cooperation under the funds for civil society – The Active Citizens Fund in Latvia.

In the coming months work will continue to set up the programmes. You can find a general overview of the eight programmes here. Open calls for proposal will be announced at a later stage. Follow updates on: