REC launches partnership for EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

REC signs Memorandum of Understanding at Paris COP on cooperation within the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 framework

December 17, 2015

EEAOn the occasion of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held November 30 to December 12, 2015 in Paris, France, the REC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three partners from Norway and Iceland to form a strategic partnership for the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.

Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director of the REC, recognised the "positive contribution of the EEA and Norway Financial Mechanisms 2009-2014 and their predecessors in reducing economic and social disparities throughout the EEA" and called upon the initiated partnership to "promote with the EEA and Norway Grants a new period of innovation and growth through research, education and increased mobility in the European labour market, to put emphasis on strengthening energy security in Europe, and to contribute to a proactive climate policy."

Within the current EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 scheme, the REC acts as fund operator for the "Adaptation to Climate Change" (Hungary) and "NGO Fund" (Slovenia) programmes. Furthermore, several projects funded through EEA and Norway Grants are implemented through REC country offices, such as in Romania and Bulgaria. As for the next programming period, the REC will pursue cooperation with SINTEF (the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia), CLEANTECH INNOVATION (a Norwegian SME) and Navigo (an Icelandic consultancy).

The partnership will focus mainly on the following programme areas: research; climate change mitigation and adaptation; environment and ecosystems; renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy security; business development, innovation and SMEs; and regional cooperation. In these areas, the partners will seek to identify, develop and implement national, cross-border and international projects and programmes with key actors in the private sector, technology clusters, and NGOs from Norway, Iceland and countries in the CEE region.

For further information about the partnership and cooperation opportunities for interested partners in Norway, Iceland and EEA recipient countries within those sectors, please contact the REC at: FST@rec.org.

REC partners for EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

SINTEF (Norway) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. SINTEF conducts contract R&D on a partnering basis for the private and public sectors. SINTEF is among the four largest contract research institutions in Europe. Strategic focus areas of SINTEF are: renewable energy, climate and environmental technology, oil and gas, and enabling technologies. SINTEF's motto is: "Technology for a better society".

CLEANTECH INNOVATION AS, or CTI (Norway), provides financial analysis, investor search and financial solutions for developers of renewable energy and technology projects. CTI cooperates with project developers, local and Norwegian clusters, and suppliers of high quality equipment and services to ensure optimal technical and financial solutions for project implementation. CTI also provides advisory services in international energy, technology and climate-driven markets, and develops projects and programmes in cooperation with strategic partners.

NAVIGO (Iceland) monitors EU policy developments to help companies retain a competitive advantage by anticipating regulatory changes affecting their businesses. NAVIGO specialises in renewable energy and the environment with a focus on EU policy and legislation, and works with both the public and private sectors in identifying project opportunities and funding opportunities (grant and loans), fund management, project implementation, capacity building and tailor-made training of funding mechanisms.