Faculty hosted conference on EEA and Norway Grants

October 12, 2016

The House for Professed in the Lesser Town quarter in Prague hosted a conference devoted to Norway Grants and their implementation in the Czech Republic within the years 2009 – 2014.

The representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, the representatives of the Kingdom of Norway, mediators of subsidy programmes, and the grant drawers got together on October 4th in a historical refectory to exchange experience with projects resolving that are funded by the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants.

The partners from the donor states were presented at the conference and also the results of the analysis of a bilateral cooperation, which was coordinated by the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, were presented. A panel discussion and a presentation of few projects that were successfully realized were also a part of the programme.

Thank to the conference, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University had the chance to introduce a recently finished project Preservation of St. Wenceslas Rotunda in the Lesser Town Quarter in Prague, which was as a part of a subsidy programme CZ06 (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Art) mainly funded by the EEA. Dr. Martin Vlach, the head of the project and the Vice-Dean for Public Relations, spoke in the refectory about the preservation process and also his experience with grant drawing. The Faculty also provided the guests of the conference with commented tours of the newly reconstructed interiors of the rotunda.

The aim of the EEA funds (which are financed by Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland) and also the Norway Grants (sponsored by the Kingdom of Norway) is to lower the economic and social differences in Europe and support international co-operation. The Czech Republic is one of the sixteen countries of Central and Southern Europe that accept financial support from the Norway Grants since its entrance to the European Union and EEA. Within the years 2009 – 2014 the Czech Republic got a subvention of €131.8 million thank to 15 subsidy programmes and one global fund.

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