In Croatia NVE is donor program partner for a program covering energy and climate change. Being donor program partner means to provide advisory services in all phases of program and project developments and implementation.
The EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 represent funding from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen cooperation with 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. For the period 2014- 2021, a total contribution of €2.8 billion has been agreed. In the Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the individual countries, the actual allocation is determined. In the MoU it is also determined which Norwegian authorities will be the donor program partner (adviser) for the countries’ respective programs.
Strengthening relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the beneficiary countries is the other of the two main objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants.
On program level:
public institutions and government agencies from the beneficiary states and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway cooperate in the design of the program (concept note) and share knowledge and experience during the implementation stage.
On project level under the program:
private businesses, research groups, municipalities, and NGOs from the donor and the beneficiary countries are encouraged to enter into cooperation to implement joint projects. NVE as a donor program partner will assist in facilitating such project cooperation.
The work with the concept note started late 2018. The concept note was finish in 2019, and the program agreement is under preparation. When the program agreement is approved and signed , the open calls for project applications will be gradually launched.
The program seems to be divided into 3 areas:
- Energy efficiency in buildings
- Renewable energy included geothermal energy and hydropower.
- Smart islands – locally energy supply on islands based on renewable energy