In addition to reducing disparities within the European Economic Area, the funding through the EEA and Norway and Grants also contributes to strengthening bilateral relations between the donor states and 15 beneficiary states. Bilateral cooperation is established at several levels, namely as a political dialogue between Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, and the EU, as bilateral meetings between donor states and beneficiary states, and in the form of cooperation in certain fields (cooperation on the ground). Sharing knowledge and experience brings benefits to both donor and beneficiary states. Bilateral cooperation at programme and project level and the overall visibility of the mechanisms result in raised awareness about the mechanisms in the Member States.
EUR 754,000 is made available through the EEA and Norway Grants for strengthening bilateral relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Slovenia in the period 2012–2021.