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Norway Grants

The purpose of the financing

EU Member States and three European Economic Area (EEA) member states, non-EU countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), are partners in internal market, which is defined by the so called “four freedoms”, namely the free flow of goods, services, capital and people. Simultaneously, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway established the EEA Grants to support social and economic cohesion within extended EEA and the Monarchy of Norway additionally decided to support social and economic cohesion in the framework of Norway Grants.

Despite the great progress in Europe in the past years, the differences in economic development and living standard are still present. The European Economic Area Agreement (EEA) includes a goal to reduce the social and economic disparities in European Economic Area. Since the EEA Agreement came into force in 1994, the EEA EFTA countries are contributing to the cohesion on the level of entire Europe. In the framework of EEA grants, € 1.79 billion has been set aside for the period 2009-2014, out of which Norway has contributed 97 %.  


Norway Grants programme for 2009–2014 period

In the period 2009-2014, the Norway Grants support programmes and projects in several programme areas in Slovenia. The “civil society, human and social development” are is divided in two subareas:

-  Public health initiatives and

-   Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting work-life balance.

In the framework of Public Health Initiatives, the contents of the projects include reducing inequalities among user groups, prevention and reduction of life-style related diseases and improving mental health services in Slovenia.


NIJZ and Norway Grants

National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) was awarded funds under the Norway Grants for a pre-defined project entitled “Towards Better Health and Reducing Inequalities in Health” with an acronym “Together Towards Health”. The project involves a partner – Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Slovenian experts from the field of preventive healthcare, representatives of expert associations and healthcare service providers. The project runs from 24th September 2013 until 30th September 2016.