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Ecorys Poland selected as Fund Operator for EEA and Norway Grants Global Fund for Regional Cooperation

January 12, 2017 The Financial Mechanisms Office announced that Ecorys Poland – together with its partner in consortium, JCP Srl from Italy – has been selected as a Fund Operator for the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment and the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation for 2017-2024.
 

The EEA and Norway Grants Global Fund for Regional Cooperation has established a separate grant allocation of €100 million recognising the need for funding to promote regional cooperation. The Global Fund is project oriented and supports responses to European challenges through enhanced dialogue and transnational cooper-ation. The overall aim of the EEA and Norway Grants Global Fund for Regional Cooperation is the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EEA and the strengthening of bilateral relations between the donors and fifteen Beneficiary States.

The Fund shall be implemented by way of transnational projects involving entities across the Beneficiary States of the EEA and Norway Grants as well as the Donor States – Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein – and the neighbour-ing third countries. The thematic focus areas and detailed guidelines will be set out in open calls for proposals. Projects financed under the Fund may be implemented until 30 April 2024 at the latest.

The EEA and Norway Grants Global Fund for Regional Cooperation is divided into two funds:

The EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

This part of the Global Fund shall be made available to projects involving all the 15 Beneficiary States and Ire-land, Italy and Spain. Projects shall involve entities from at least two countries where at least one of the coun-tries has to be a Beneficiary State.

The EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation

This support shall address regional cooperation across the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants, in particular in the areas of knowledge sharing, policy exchange of best practice and institutional capacity-building. This part of the Global Fund shall be made available to projects involving Beneficiary States and neighbouring, non-EU EEA land-bordering, third countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Monte-negro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. Projects shall involve entities from at least three countries, including at least two Beneficiary States. Additionally, both funds can have project partners from the three donor countries.
 
Ecorys Poland-led consortium will be responsible for the comprehensive management of the funds, as well as the communication activities in the European space.

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