Lithuania will get EUR 122 million under the EEA & Norway Grants 2014 – 2021, being one of the 15 Beneficiary States across the EU in this new funding cycle, to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
Out of the total budget, up to EUR 14 million will be dedicated to the private sector via one major programme: Business Development, Innovation and SMEs.
The Business Development and Innovation programme will aim to increase value creation and sustainable growth across enterprises in Lithuania focussing on green industry innovation, including bio economy. This programme will be operated by the Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) whilst the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania will be Programme Partner that will be actively involved and will contribute to the development and implementation of the programme.
This programme area opens excellent opportunities for organizations in Donor State countries interested to partner on bilateral projects in the areas mentioned above, together with local Project Promoters from Lithuania.
Further programme areas of less direct relevance for the private sector (incl. allocation in million euro) are:
- – Justice and Home Affairs (33)
- – Health (15)
- – Environment, Energy, Climate Change (12)
- – Research (10)
- – Civil Society (9)
- – Culture (7)
- – Social Dialogue – Decent Work (1.25)
- – National Bilateral Fund (2.35)
The EEA & Norway Grants 2014 – 2021 has already signed Memorandum of Understanding with 15 countries marking the beginning of the collaboration and investment in the priority sectors. News regarding the previous 11 countries who have joined the programme can be found here: The Czech Republic, Portugal, Estonia, Malta, Slovakia, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Romania.
For a complete overview of the EEA & Norway Grants 2014 – 2021, you may have a look at the Blue Book – the document outlining the strategy of this mechanism until 2021.