Minister of Finance participated in the event, dedicated to EEE and Norway financial assistance


2011 06 07


Vilnius, June 7, 2011.  Minister of Finance Ingrida Šimonytė today participated in the final event of the Norwegian and European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Assistance 2004–2009 to Lithuania. The event was held in Pažaislis Monastery (Kaunas), one of the objects of unique architecture, which received the assistance from this programme.

The amount of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Assistance 2004–2009 allocated during this period totals about LTL 170 million (see the videos dedicated to the results of the assistance).

11 wooden architecture objects were partially or fully reconstructed, other objects of unique architecture (like Monastery in Pažaislis, water mill of the manorial place in Liubavas, Church of St. Apostles Petras and Paulius in Nemajūnai other ethnographic places and monuments of wooden architecture) were reconstructed and adapted for cultural needs.

The assistance of the 2004-2009 period was also allocated to renovation of hospitals and renewal of their equipment, reconstruction of children’s foster homes, prevention of oncological diseases and early diagnostics. Under the latter projects the most sophisticated equipment for researches of cancer cells was purchased, up-to-date researches allowing to select individual treatment for patients with blood cancer were implemented, biobank focused on oncological diseases inherited by children was established, other works performed.

Financial assistance was also granted to the projects for prevention of sneering and violence at schools, installation and renovation of sports fields near schools, non-formal education of children and youth, etc.

On April 5, 2011 Lithuania and Norway signed the Memorandums of Understanding opening the way for the the new portion of assistance under the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms (2009–2014 period) to Lithuania. Net amount of the assistance granted totals LTL 268.2 million. The assistance of 2009-2014 period will be allocated for cultural and natural heritage protection, art variety promotion projects, also for green industry innovations, courts, law enforcement, public health care and other issues.