Bonanza! Poland to get over 3 billion PLN grant to support business and society
Poland is to receive 3.5 billion PLN for projects in the areas of health, home affairs, business and culture from the EEA and Norway Grants funds.
This will include increasing research cooperation between Poland and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, promoting local development in small and medium sized cities and continuing the strong support for civil society.
This new round of funds is the third allocation to be made available to Poland after editions 2004-2009 and 2009-2014.
The agreement was marked by a ceremonial signing in Warsaw between Jerzy Kwieciński, Poland’s Minister of Investment and Economic Development and Olav Myklebust, the Norwegian Ambassador to Poland.
At the signing Kwieciński said: “So far Poland has managed over EUR 1 billion and implemented hundreds of projects thanks to the support of Norwegian and EEA funds.
“We remain the largest beneficiary of these funds. As part of the third inaugurated edition, the pool is over EUR 809 million, or nearly PLN 3.5 billion.”
The European Economic Area and Norway Grants have so far made over 3 billion EUR available to EU member countries to reduce social and economic disparities.
The projects that receive grants are aimed at strengthening fundamental European values such as democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
A successful project that has already been completed was the ‘Increase of competences and qualifications of public services in the scope of asylum and migration, with particular interest in the field of counteracting illegal migration’.
This was a bilateral project between the Border Guards in Poland, The Office of Foreigners and The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), helping train the border guards in various languages as well as aspects of law, regulation and strategic communication.
In 2016, another project was implemented by the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Gdańsk in partnership with the Forestry Extension Institute from Norway. The objective of the project was to improve the social awareness of biodiversity in connection with climate change and economic value of ecosystems.
The funds have been used to help finance hundreds projects related to promoting renewable energy, a variety of cultural programmes including some offering increased accessibility to vulnerable members of society and various projects related to healthcare.
A project in Górno made it possible to create a suitable facility to deliver care and treatment to 70 elderly people with diagnosed dementia disorders, including Alzheimer’s. Joint therapeutic-artistic workshops for patients and their families was one of the forms of awareness and educational campaigns utilized by the project.
“The Ministry of Health is already taking part in the third edition of Norwegian funds, which indicates that the health of Poles is taken very seriously by us,” Sławomir Gadomski, Deputy Minister of Health, said.
He added: “The Health programme offers a wide spectrum of activities in the field of telemedicine and e-health policy, a healthy lifestyle for children and adolescents, including psychiatric care, thanks to which, I hope, we will significantly reduce social inequities in health.”