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Malta's National Focal Point
Funds and Programme Division
Triq il-Kukkanja,
Santa Venera, SVR 1411

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2200 1151

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fpd.meaim@gov.mt​ 

EEA and Norway Grants 2004-2009

The European Economic Area (EEA) was created by means of an agreement negotiated between the EU and seven member countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and signed in May 1992. At present, only Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein maintain their participation in the EEA.
 
As a result of the Agreement, the three EEA EFTA states share in the four freedoms associated with the EU but must also satisfy certain conditions, including that of contributing to the funding of projects. Through the EEA Enlargement Agreement, two new financing instruments were established - the EEA and the Norway Grants.
 
Through the EEA Grants, the three EEA EFTA states have made €600 million available for projects in the 10 new EU members, and to Greece, Portugal and Spain.  Additionally Norway has made €567 million available to projects in the 10 new member states through the Norway Grants. Thus, a total of € 1.17 billion have been made available for projects in the priority sectors of the Grants for the period 2004-2009.  
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Objectives

 
Through the Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute towards:
 
     Solidarity, by reducing the social and economic disparities in the newly enlarged EEA;
     Opportunity, by helping new EEA members become fully integrated in the Internal Market;
     Cooperation, by bringing old and new EEA members together and opening new arenas for political                       and economic relations. 
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Principles, Rules and Regulations

 
The beneficiary states set priorities and propose, develop and implement projects. In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Grants, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is concluded between the EFTA states and each Beneficiary state. There is one MoU for each of the Grants.
 
In the case of Malta, the MoU for the EEA Grants was signed on 28 April 2005 granting Malta €1.92 million.  On the other hand, the MoU for the Norway Grants, providing Malta with €1.701 million, was signed on 27 June 2005.
 
The EEA and Norway Grants have a no-tolerance policy on corruption and/or mis-management of funds. This is line with good governance and the principles of openness, transparency and accountability. Furher information is available through this link.

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The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU )

 
 
     Specifies the target areas to which particular attention is to be paid;
     Establishes the specific form of grant assistance;
     Outlines the arrangements for managing the projects;
     Establishes a framework for co-operation;
     Institutes a National Focal Point (NFP) that will co-ordinate all applications and follow up all projects                       within each beneficiary state. The NFP also ensures that information about the available funds                             and grants is made public in the beneficiary state;
      Recommends adherence to EEA legislation. The rules on public procurement, state aid and competition are particularly relevant.
 
In order to be eligible, the recipient must provide a share of the total financing from other sources (15% in the case of public-sector projects and 40% in the case of private-sector projects).
 
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Priorities

 
 
The Grants support projects implemented in the various Beneficiary States which target a wide range of priority sectors:
 
     Protection of the environment
     Sustainable development
     Conservation of European cultural heritage
     Development of human resources
     Health and childcare
 
 
The Norwegian Grants will also make funding available for:
 
     Implementation of legislation in the field of internal security and border control, such as support for                       'Schengen' action plans
     Regional policy and cross-border activities
     Implementation of acquis communitaire through technical assistance
 
Academic research within the priority sectors of the Grants may also be eligible for funding.
 
Within these sectors, each Beneficiary State decides its own priorities, thus it may not necessarily receive funding in all priority sectors. The chosen priority sectors for Malta are:
 
 
EEA Grants 
PRIORITY AREA 
FOCUS AREAS 
1
Protection of the environment, including the human environment

 Integrated pollution prevention and control; fuel reduction

  Promotion of renewable energy

2
Conservation of European cultural heritage, including public transport, and urban renewal

  Revitalisation, conservation, renovation, modernization and adaptation of historical objects, which have European significance

  Condition monitoring and preventive maintenance routines for historical objects and complexes: and purpose remedies

3
Health and Childcare

  Modernisation and equipping crèches, nursery schools, schools, special school-educational centres, orphanages

  Scholarship programmes

  Promoting gender equality

4
 Academic Research

  Fields of intervention as outlines in 1 - 3 above

 
 
NORWAY Grants
PRIORITY AREA
FOCUS AREA 
1
Conservation of European cultural heritage, including public transport, and urban renewal

  Revitalization, conservation, renovation, modernization and adaptation of historical objects, which have European significance

  Condition monitoring and preventive maintenance routines for historical objects and complexes: and purpose remedies

2
Implementation of the Schengen Acquis

  Support of National Schengen Action Plans

  Strengthening police-cooperation in order to prepare for membership in the Schengen information system

3
Strengthening the judiciary

  Improved standard of prison buildings and training of personnel

  Educational programmes in prisons

  Improved health care and health information for prison inmates

  Preventive action to reduce youth criminality

  Improved competence programmes and physical conditions for asylum seekers and illegal immigrants

4
Academic research

  Fields of intervention as outlined in 1-3 above

 
A call for proposals was issued by the Maltese NFP on 25 August 2005 making available available €1,741,824  through the EEA Grants and €1,527,073  through the Norway Grants.  All public or private sector bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were targeted as potential applicants. Applicants were also expected to constitute a legal entity and be registered in Malta. The subject of the application was also expected to be an activity in the public interest and performed in Malta. 
 
A total of 41  projects were submitted from several organisations ranging from national and local authorities to voluntary and community organisations and from education institutions to environmental bodies. The number of non-governmental and private organisations applying for EEA funds was considerable.
 
Following a rigid Project Selection procedure, the hereunder 8 projects were selected for implementation under the EEA and Norway Grants. Further information on each project is available through this link.
 
 
CODE MT
Project Title
EEA/ NORWAY GRANTS  €
PP CO-FIN  €
Tot Value €
GRANTS
Beneficiary
Status
MasterPlan for the Cittadella - the old fortified city of the Island of Gozo
229,075
40,425
269,500
EEA
MGOZ
Concluded
0006
Implementation of Schengen Acquis requirements at MIA by April 2007
517,863
528,959
1,046,822
NORWAY
Malta Int'l Aiport Plc.
Concluded
0008
Procurement and Installation of Security/Safety Equipment for Building Sites housing SIS equipment
246,656
43,528
290,184
NORWAY
Malta Police Force
Concluded
0010
Setting up an Oil Spill Response Capability for the Protection of our seas
800,000
200,000
1,000,000
EEA
Transport Malta
Concluded
0011
Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre
635,725
88,916
724,641
EEA/ NORWAY
Nature Trust (Malta)
Concluded
Consolidation of Terrain and Historic Ramparts Underlying Council Square, Mdina
562,488
99,262
661,750
EEA/ NORWAY
MRRA (Restoration Unit, Works Division)
Concluded
0013
Technical Assistance Fund for Malta
73,288
12,933
86,220
EEA/ NORWAY
OPM (PPCD)
Concluded
Conservation of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum - World Heritage Site
324,863
57,329
382,192
NORWAY
Heritage Malta
Concluded
 
 

Manual of Procedures

 
 
     Manual of Procedures (MoP) v. April 2010
             Annexes to MoP v. April 2010
 
 
     Manual of Procedures (MoP) v. August 2008 (for referential purposes only) 
             Annexes to MoP v. August 2008 (for referential purposes only)
 
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Guidelines

 
 
     Detailed Eligibility Provisions - Expenditures
             Templates for Commemorative Plaques
 
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Legal Documents

 
  
     Memorandum of Understanding on the Implementation of:
 
 
 
  
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Annual Reports  

 
For the EEA Grants in Malta
 
 
  
For the Norway Grants in Malta
 
 
 
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Minutes of Annual Meetings held

 
 
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Presentations delivered during the Monitoring Committees for the EEA FM and the Norwegian FM

 
 
 
     3 February 2012
     16 October 2008
 
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Information

 
 
     Booklet showcasing the interventions of the Financial Mechanisms in Malta and Gozo (2004 - 2009)
     Artistic works portraying the projects co-funded (2004 - 2009) by secondary school students.
 
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Press Releases and Photos:

 
     (14/03/11): Artistic Exhibition and Photos
     (23/05/11): Information and Publicity Campaign and Photos of the Prize/Certificate Ceremony                   ( photo 1,  photo 2, photo 3)
 
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Other Links

 
 
 
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