Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein Grant Bulgaria EUR 127 M

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | June 17, 2011, Friday // 18:37
Bulgaria: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein Grant Bulgaria EUR 127 M Norway's Ambassador in Sofia Tove Skarstein (left) with Bulgarian EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev (right) at the signing of the memorandums for Norway/EEA grants, in the presence of Bulgarian PM Borisov (right). EPA/BGNES

Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein are granting Bulgaria funding amounting to EUR 126.6 M under Bulgaria-Norway and European Economic Area (EEA) mechanisms.

Norway’s Ambassador to Bulgaria Tove Skarstein and Bulgaria’s EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev signed two memorandums for the grants on Friday in Sofia in the presence of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

The grants come from the governments of the three EEA countries under the Financial Mechanism of the EEA 2009-2014, and the Norway Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.

Norway alone is granting Bulgaria EUR 48 M under the Norway Financial Mechanism, plus a sizable share of the EEA Financial Mechanism grant of EUR 78.6 M.

The funding provide by Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein will be used to support Bulgarian projects in the fields of healthcare, education, cultural and natural heritage, green industry innovations, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and cooperation within the Schengen Area.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov thanked the people and governments of Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, while Bulgarian Minister in charge of EU Funds absorption Tomislav Donchev pointed out that all state institutions, municipalities, NGOs, and firms in Bulgaria are eligible to apply for the money.

Norwegian Ambassador Tove Skarstein has underscroed the good cooperation with Bulgarian partners, and the high results achieved in the spending of Norway and EEA funds so far.

During the first program period, Bulgaria received EUR 41.5 M in Norway/EEA grants. Some of the projects this money was spent on include the first Museum of Contemporary Art in Bulgaria, a digital center at the National Library, archaeological excavations on the St. Ivan island near Sozopol where relics of St. John the Baptist where found, a solar energy park, tourist and information centers, among others.

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