The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlines how the EEA Grants funding will be implemented in Estonia in the 2014-2021 funding period. The MoU includes details on the country allocation, which programmes are to be funded, and the management set-up, including information on cooperation with the donor countries. The MoU is in force as of 10 May 2017, and was amended on 5 November 2018 and 21 June 2019.

According to the memorandum total amount of the financial contribution from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway is € 1548.1 million in annual tranches of € 221.16 million over the period running from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2021, inclusive. 

The overall objectives of the EEA Grants are the following:

  • to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area
  • to contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the beneficiary states

In the period 2014-2021, 4 programmes will be implemented by the Estonian state and 2 by the Financial Mechanism Office (FMO).

Programmes implemented by Estonian state:

Programme operator: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Programme: GREEN ICT
Programme objective: The programme “Green ICT” objective is increased value creation and sustainable growth in Estonia’s private sector. Green ICT aims to stimulate and develop innovation-led long-term business cooperation between Estonia and Norway. For this bilateral cooperation projects are initiated to enhance joint business ambitions and innovation in green ICT. Programme focuses on supporting business initiatives in three areas: Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Welfare Technology. ICT as can be a horizontal element across Green Industry Innovation and Welfare technology. The programme will thus consist of three main pillars: (1) development and application of innovative green products, services and processes in the area of Green Industry Innovation; (2) development of new products, services and processes in the area of ICT and, (3) development of new products and services in the area of Welfare Technology.
Signing of the programme contract: 26.04.2018
Donor Programme partner: Innovation Norway (Innovasjon Norge)
Implementing Agency: Enterprise Estonia
Implementation scheme: Open calls: Small Grant Scheme / Call for Proposals. Predefined projects
Eligible expenditure: 27 058 824 €
Programme grant rate: 85%
Programme grant: 23 000 000 €
Eligibility period: 30.04.2024
Expected outcomes: Increased competitiveness of Estonian companies within focus areas Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Welfare Technology.
Additional information: 
https://www.eas.ee/teenus/norwaygrants/?lang=en

Programme Operator: Ministry of Social Affairs
Programme: Local Development and Poverty Reduction (LOCALDEV)
Programme objective: Strengthened social and economic cohesion
Signing of the programme contract: 13.09.2019
Donor Programme partner: Norwegian Directorate of Health; Norwegian Institute of Public Health; Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage
Implementing Agency: State Shared Service Centre
Implementation scheme: 8 pre-defined projects and 8 open calls for proposals, of them 3 are small grant scheme
Eligible expenditure: 21 176 470 €
Programme grant rate: 85%
Programme grant: 18 000 000 €
Eligibility period: 30.04.2024
Expected outcomes: Inclusive society and local development with healthy and educated residents (youth) and protected vulnerable groups as well as equal treatment of men and women.
Additional information: 
https://www.rtk.ee/toetused/toetuste-rakendamine/emp-ja-norra-toetused-2014-2021

Programme Operator: Ministry of Education and Research
Programme: EE-research (Baltic Research Programme)
Programme objective: Programme will contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EEA and to strenghtening of bilateral relations between the Donor States and Estonia, Latvia and LIthuania through financial contributions in the field of research and higher education.
Signing of the programme contract: 18.06.2018
Donor Programme partner: Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), National Agency for International Affairs, Liechtenstein (AIBA)
Implementing Agency: Estonian Research Council, Archimedes Foundation
Implementation scheme: 1 open call for research cooperation projects, 3 open calls for institutional cooperation projects, 2 pre-defined projects: visiting lectureship of Norwegian language and literature at Tartu University; developing and enhancing the teaching quality of inclusive education curriculum
Eligible expenditure: 8 352 941 €
Programme grant rate: 85%
Programme grant: 7 100 000 €
Eligibility period: 30.04.2024
Expected outcomes: Enhanced performance of Baltic reseaarch internationally. Improved skills and competences of students and staff in higher education. Competence of educational staff increased, related to working with special education needs.
Additional information: https://www.etag.ee/en/funding/partnership-funding/eea-financial-mechanism-2014-2021-baltic-research-programme/


Programme Operator
: Ministry of the Environment
Programme: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (EE-Climate)
Programme objective: The main objective of the Programme is to mitigate climate change and reduce the vulnerability to climate change.
Signing of the programme contract: 18.11.2019
Donor Programme partner: Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA)
Implementing Agency: The Foundation Environmental Investments Centre (EIC)
Implementation scheme: The Programme will be implemented by 4 open calls and one small grant scheme.
Eligible expenditure: 7 058 824 €
Programme grant rate: 85%
Programme grant: 6 000 000 €
Eligibility period: 30.04.2024
Expected outcomes: Estonia has an improved ability to cope with climate change.

Programmes implemented by Financial Mechanism Office (FMO):

Programme: Active Citizens Fund in EstoniaIn Estonia, the fund is operated by the Open Estonia Foundation in association with the NGO Union. The program is being implemented with support from the European Economic Area in 15 European Union countries - both in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic States.

Programme objective: The Active Citizens Fund aims to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and empower vulnerable groups. The program seeks to improve the sustainability and capacity of civil society by reinforcing its role in promoting participatory democracy, active citizenship and human rights and in empowering vulnerable groups.
Programme grant: The Active Citizens Fund (ACF) funded by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will support Estonian civil society with 3 300 000 € over the period 2019-2023.
Additional information: 
https://acf.ee/en/

Programme: Social Dialogue - Decent Work
Programme objective: Strengthen tripartite cooperation between employers' organizations, trade unions and public authorities and promote decent work
Programme grant: 357 000 €

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