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In order to continue a close co-operation between European countries in trade area the European Economic Area (EEA) was established. The EEA Agreement entered into force on 1 January 1994. The EEA comprises of 25 EU Member States and three EEA European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The ten new Member States were eligible for assistance from new EEA Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism (Financial Mechanisms). The EEA Financial Mechanism’s assistance was also granted to Spain, Portugal and Greece. The objective of the assistance was to contribute to the reduction of social and economic disparities within the EEA, and to support the new European Union Member States in their efforts to participate fully in the enlarged internal market. The Financial Mechanisms’ commitment period was 5 years – from 1 May 2004 to 30 April 2009, but the project implementation period – till 30 April 2011. The EEA Financial Mechanism’s assistance was provided by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Norwegian Financial Mechanism’s assistance was provided by Norway.

In order to ensure the implementation of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the EEA Financial Mechanism two Memorandums of Understanding – between the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Latvia (on the subject of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism) and between the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Latvia (on the subject of the EEA Financial Mechanism) have been signed in December 2004.

Priority sectors

Latvian EEA Financial Mechanism’s priorities are set in the Annex B of the EEA Financial Mechanism’s Memorandum of Understanding and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism’s priorities – in the Annex B of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism’s Memorandum of Understanding. The specific forms of grant assistance are mentioned in Annex C of Memorandums of Understanding.

Financing

19 740 000 Euro from EEA Financial Mechanism was allocated for Latvia in period of time 2004 till 2009, from which 4% was deducted for the management costs of the donor states, and then 1,5% was deducted for the approval, monitoring and post – evaluation carried out by donor states.

34 020 000 Euro was available from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, from which 4% was deducted for the management costs of the donor states, and then 1,5% was deducted for the approval, monitoring and post – evaluation carried out by donor states.

Wherewith 18 666 144 Euro from EEA Financial Mechanism was available for implementation of individual projects, programmes and block grants, but 31 834 215 Euro from Norwegian Financial Mechanism, and 50 500 359 Euro in total from both mechanisms.

EEA Financial MechanismNorwegian Financial MechanismTotal
Total allocation19 740 00034 020 00053 760 000
Management costs of the donor states (NOR-5 %; EEA-4%)789 6001 701 0002 490 600
Costs of appraisal, monitoring, ex-post evaluations carried out by donor states (1.5%)284 256484 785769 041
Total available financing for implementation of individual projects, programmes and block grants18 666 14431 834 21550 500 359
TitleEEA Financial MechanismNorwegian Financial MechanismTotal, EUR
Available amount, EURAvailable amount, EUR
NGO block grant2 517 1452 510 1065 027 251
Scholarship grant scheme745 811745 8121 491 623
Technical assistance fund580 998580 9971 161 995
Seed money fund227 985227 985455 970
Short term expert fund1 097 2301 097 230
Specific forms of Grant assistance, Total4 071 9395 162 1309 234 069
Specific forms of Grant assistance (MoUs Annex C)
TitleEEA Financial MechanismNorwegian Financial MechanismTotal, EURFrom both Financial Mechanisms, %
Available amount, EURAvailable amount, EUR
Protection of environment1 778 8581 147 7022 926 5608,99
Sustainable development1 625 546769 3042 394 8507,36
Conservation of European heritage2 027 327782 4212 809 7488,63
Health2 415 5591 657 1974 072 75612,51
Children with special need1 049 091489 0931 538 1844,72
Human resources development and education1 116 0962 621 6903 737 78611,48
Schengen2 881 1582 881 1588,85
Judiciary6 651 4296 651 42920,43
Regional policy and development of economic activity5 547 0115 547 01117,03
All priorities, Total10 012 47722 547 00532 559 482100,00
Individual projects (MoUs Annex B)
TitleEEA Financial MechanismNorwegian Financial MechanismTotal, EUR
Available amount, EURAvailable amount, EUR
Academic Research450 254450 254
Cross-border cooperation2 329 8902 329 890
Strengthening civil society and promotion of the integration of society650 0002 809 748
Environmental policy integration programme in Latvia3 481 4123 481 412
Promotion of development of public or private partnership in Latvia1 795 0681 795 068
Programmes and Block Grants, Total4 581 6664 124 9588 706 624
Programmes and Block Grants (MoUs Annex B)