Þróunarsjóður EFTA - Bjarni Vestmann


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Almenn kynning á Þróunarsjóði EFTA frá fundi 25. nóvember 2011.

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  • Today we launch a 4 week consultation process on the Regulation and its annexes, including the 32 programme areas These documents will then be finalised and distributed to the Beneficiary States In parallel, the MoU-talks are launched – and we hope to conclude as many as possible during this autumn and winter
  • Þróunarsjóður EFTA - Bjarni Vestmann

    1. 1. Financial Mechanism Office October 2011 Reducing disparities Strengthening relations
    2. 2. <ul><li>Agreement with EU signed 28 July 2010 </li></ul>
    3. 3. EEA Grants 2009-14 <ul><li>Three donors: Iceland Liechtenstein Norway </li></ul><ul><li>Fifteen beneficiary states: New EU members + Spain, Portugal and Greece </li></ul><ul><li>988.5 million Euro </li></ul>
    4. 4. Overall objectives Reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area Strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the Beneficiary States
    5. 5. Programme approach EEA FM 2009-14 Programmes Projects Reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area Strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the Beneficiary States finances composed of OVERALL OBJECTIVES
    6. 6. What is a programme? <ul><li>Overall plan or strategy with a budget, objectives and expected outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Rules for who can apply for funds and how the projects will be selected </li></ul><ul><li>Predefined projects and open call for proposals </li></ul><ul><li>The programmes are managed by the beneficiary state </li></ul><ul><li>The donors approve the programme, but not the projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Each programme has a dedicated web page </li></ul>
    7. 7. PRIORITY SECTORS <ul><li>GREEN FOCUS - 30% of the funding to environmental and climate efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Development of civil society (min. 10%) </li></ul><ul><li>Research and scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural heritage and exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Human and social development and local and regional initiatives </li></ul>
    8. 8. MOU – agreement with each country <ul><li>MoUs entered into with each beneficiary state </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Programmes to be funded in each country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programme allocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus of the programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donor state programme partners </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Donor partnership programmes <ul><ul><li>Strategic cooperation between public entities at programme level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advising and sharing experience with the programme operator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opens up for wider and more long term relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Icelandic public entities involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RANNIS – scholarship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orkustofnun – Geothermal energy </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Role of the donor programme partner <ul><li>Assist in developing the programme </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on implementation and selection procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in cooperation committee </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on possible donor project partners </li></ul><ul><li>Organize study tours, seminars and exchange of experience </li></ul>
    11. 11. Project partnership <ul><li>Only entities in the beneficiary state can apply for project funds </li></ul><ul><li>Can have partners in Iceland – partnership projects </li></ul><ul><li>Seed money to develop partnership project prior to calls for proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 85% grant rate </li></ul><ul><li>Respect public procurement and state aid regulation </li></ul>
    12. 12. Bilateral funds <ul><li>At national level all beneficiary states needs to set aside 0.5% of the funds for initiatives that will strengthen bilateral relations with the donor states </li></ul><ul><li>Every programme will set aside 1.5% of the programme costs for a bilateral fund to develop partnership projects or promote networking exchange of experience, best practise, etc </li></ul>
    13. 13. TIMELINE 2010 2011 2015 2017 2012 2013 2014 2016 2009 Agreements Policy framework: Regulation, programme areas, MoUs Establishing programmes Programmes Grants to projects Project implementation Final reporting
    14. 14. For more information: www.eeagrants.org