The Fund for Regional Cooperation is a novelty of the EEA and Norway Grants.
The Fund explores transnational and regional cross-border cooperation across the beneficiary states of the Grants, focusing on common European challenges that can only be solved through shared efforts.
Since European challenges don’t stop at the EU border, ten neighbouring countries have been invited to take part in the cooperation. The focus of the Fund rests on the programme areas of the EEA and Norway Grants. Under the first call for proposals more than 700 applications were submitted, covering all 23 areas.
This engagement tells me that there is a wish and a capability to find solutions to our shared problems.
I am looking forward to learning more about the projects and how they will work on issues that affect us all, from reducing the use of single-use plastics in our seas, managing cross-border groundwater resources, improving our coastal ecosystems, reducing and recycling our waste, researching the ticks in our forests and finding ways to combatting radicalisation in our prisons, to name but a handful of the project ideas that are being funded under the Fund for Regional Cooperation.