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The Outlook on 2009-2014 EEA and Norway Grants Presented in Vilnius

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2012 09 26

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Vilnius, September 26. Today, the Conference on the Second (2009-2014) European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants Period to Lithuania took place in Vilnius. The event was organized by the Ministry of Finance together with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

“We are grateful to the donor countries for their support. The EEA and Norway Grants contribute to the development of the civil society, improvement of health care, preservation of cultural heritage and create additional value in other areas of Lithuania. The first period of assistance ended last year, we can see and feel the results. The second period is only starting, so it is highly important to use the opportunities granted by the assistance effectively“, - said Rolandas Kriščiūnas, Vice-Minister of Finance.

The participants of the Conference were provided with the information on the objectives, content and preliminary implementation plan of the new programmes of the EEA and Norway assistance.

During the 2009-2014 EEA and Norway Grants period Lithuania will receive LTL 290 million for supporting various projects in Lithuania. The Memorandum of Understanding between Lithuania and donor countries were signed in April 2011. The projects financed from the second EEA and Norway Grants period will be implemented by April 2016.

The purpose of assistance is to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities, to strengthen bilateral relations between Lithuania and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as donor countries. The main areas of assistance are the environment and climate change, cultural heritage, social development, civil society, decent work and justice and home affairs. More information on the programmes financed from 2009-2014 EEA and Norway Grants is available on the following website of the Ministry of Finance.

On the eve of the Conference, the Royal Norwegian Embassy organized a festive event dedicated to the second EEA and Norway Grants period in Vilnius Small Theatre.

Additional information:

During the first (2004-2009) EEA and Norway Grants period, the net amount of assistance to Lithuania totalled LTL 268.2 million. The assistance was allocated to reconstruction of the objects of unique architecture, renovation of hospitals and renewal of their equipment, reconstruction of children’s foster homes, prevention of oncological diseases and early diagnostics. 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 the youth, etc.

Liubavas Manor Watermill Museum, one of the EEA and Norway Grants projects, was awarded the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra 2012 Award. In total, 22 objects of unique architecture (namely, Pažaislis Monastery,  Church of St. Apostles Petras and Paulius in Nemajūnai, barn of the manorial place in Kelmė, J. Gižas ethnographic fisherman’s place, Church of St. Vincentas Ferero in Degučiai and etc.) were rehabilitated and adapted for cultural needs with the help of the EEA and Norway Grants.

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