Norwegian Financial Mechanism and Mechanism of the European Economic Area

General information

The Norwegian Financial Mechanism and Mechanism of the European Economic Area (so called Norwegian and EEA funds) are a form of non-refundable foreign aid granted by Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein to new EU Members. These funds are associated with the Polish accession to the European Union and the simultaneous accession of our country to the European Economic Area (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). In exchange for the financial aid, the donors benefit from the access to the internal market of the European Union (although they are non-members). Currently, the second edition of the Norwegian funds and EEA is being deployed (year 2009 - 2014). The previous edition covered the period 2004-2009.


The main objectives of the Norwegian and EEA funds are: to contribute to reducing economic and social disparities within the European Economic Area and strengthen the bilateral relations between the donor and the beneficiary states.

Beneficiary states

The recipients of the Norwegian and the EEA funds are 16 EU countries altogether, namely 12 countries which joined the common market in 2004 and 2007, as well as Spain, Portugal, Greece and Croatia.


The total amount of the second edition of Norwegian and EEA funds is EUR 1,798 billion. The allocation for Poland amounts to EUR 578.1 million, including fund management costs borne by the donors and by the Polish side. See the ALLOCATION tab for more details about the allocation amount for Poland.

Beneficiaries of the support

Generally, the applicants may be private or public entities, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organizations established as legal entities in Poland, as well as intergovernmental organizations operating in Poland. A catalogue of entities entitled to apply for the funding will be established for each program. See the SUPPORT AREAS tabs for details.

Programmes (support areas)

Several programmes have been provided in the framework of the EEA and Norwegian funds. As part of a given programme, it will be possible to obtain funding for projects with similar themes. Many areas from the first edition of the Norwegian and EEA funds were found among the programmes. Those deserving particular attention include: environmental protection (including renewable energy), cultural heritage, healthcare, scientific research and scholarships. Programmes for Schengen Areas and related to internal affairs, including prison system and violence prevention have also been distinguished. As in the first edition, emphasis was placed on strengthening the civil society. Completely new issues have also emerged, such as dignity of work and tripartite dialogue, as well as cooperation of local governments in developing regions.
Institutions/organisations specialising in a given field, for example Ministry of Health in case of health care, are responsible for the implementation of every programme. These institutions act as the so-called program Operators. In some programs, the Operators cooperate with entities from donor countries.

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