Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (ie. EEA funds) are a form of non-repayable foreign aid granted by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to the new members of the European Union. These funds are associated with the Polish accession to the EU and our country entering to the European Economic Area (EU member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). In return for the financial aid, donor countries benefit from access to the internal market of the European Union (although they are non-members). Presently, the second round of the Norwegian and the EEA funds is realized (years 2009-2014). The previous edition covered the period 2004-2009.


The main objectives of the EEA funds are to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthen the bilateral relations between the donor and the beneficiary country.


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


Generally, applicants may be private entities or public, commercial or non-commercial ones, along with non-governmental organizations established as legal entities in Poland, as well as intergovernmental organizations operating in Poland.


In the framework of the EEA funds several programs (areas of support) have been separated. As part of the program, Poland will be able to get funding for projects with similar content.

The programs have included many areas from the first edition of the EEA funds. First of all: the environment (including renewable energy), cultural heritage, health, research and scholarships.

Institutions/organizations that are specialized in a particular field, e.g. in the case of environmental protection – the Ministry of Environment – are responsible for the implementation of each of the programs. These institutions serve as the so-called Operators. In some programs, Operators cooperate with entities from the donor countries.

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The sources of the information contained on this website are the official websites devoted to the Financial Mechanisms and the data contained in the programming documents made public.