Opening of the Children’s House

27 May 2022 – Today was the grand opening of the Children’s House, a safe space for effective and comprehensive professional treatment of child victims of crime.

The premises of the Children’s House were inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Slovenia, Ms Trine Skymoen, the Minister of Justice, Mr Marjan Dikaučič, and the Director of the public institution Children’s House, Ms Simona Mikec.

With the opening of these premises, the cooperation of competent institutions (interinstitutional cooperation) and psychosocial support for abused children will be combined in one place. The premises were set up as part of the pre-defined project Children’s House (Barnahus), implemented under the programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship and co-financed by the Norway Grants 2014–2021.

Agreement was signed to support the integration of displaced persons from Ukraine with temporary protection in Slovenia

9 May 2022 – The Joint Committee of Bilateral Fund agreed on financing of bilateral activity to support the integration of displaced persons from Ukraine with temporary protection in Slovenia.

The target group are displaced prersons from Ukraine with temporary protection status living in accommodation centers provided by the Government Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants and other displaced persons. By implementing this bilateral initiative, Slovenia is responding to the consequences of the war in Ukraine, which began at the end of February 2022 and quickly led to the mass exodus of people from this country.

Implementing entity is the Government Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants (UOIM). Basic support will be provided in the integration of persons with the status of temporary protection from Ukraine into Slovenian society, and the activities will be carried out online.

The objectives of the bilateral initiative focus on three key areas:

  1. Obtaining relevant information on the knowledge of the fundamental rights to which they are entitled as temporarily displaced persons;
  2. Ukrainian refugees will be provided with a short orientation course on the main features of life in Slovenia, which will significantly accelerate their integration into society;
  3. Individual students with the status of temporary protection who are enrolled in Slovenian public schools will be provided with support in basic literacy in the Slovenian language and assistance in the learning process.

The estimated value of the bilateral initiative is EUR 101,000.00 and is expected to be implemented from May to December 2022. The bilateral initiative is being implemented under the Fund for Bilateral Relations.

Results of the Call for proposals for the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

6 May 2022 – Results of the Call for proposals for co-financing of projects under the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation have been published.

The results are published on this website under the tab Calls within the completed Call for proposals for the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

Within the four outcomes, 13 projects were selected for co-financing, 6 projects were put on reserve lists and 6 projects were rejected.

The selection of projects within the Call for proposals for the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation programme has been concluded

13 April 2022 – The selection of projects within the Call for proposals for co-financing projects under the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation programme has been concluded.

The Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation programme aims to accelerate planning, strengthen institutional capacity and implement pilot/demonstration actions that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation at local, regional and national levels. Applicants were invited to apply with projects that contribute to increasing the production of energy from renewable sources, improving the management of sustainable mobility, promoting the principles of the circular economy and improving the management of ecosystems under pressure due to climate change.

The selection of projects within the call for proposals is concluded today. The total amount of allocated funds is EUR 14,183,902.52, devided under four outcomes as follows:
• Increased production of energy from renewable sources (total amount of allocated funds EUR 4,895,468.23),
• Improved management of sustainable mobility (total amount of allocated funds EUR 4,370,602.72),
• Increased enforcement of the principles of the circular economy (total amount of allocated funds EUR 2,578,148.53) and
• Improved management of ecosystems under pressure due to climate change (total amount of allocated funds EUR 2,339,683.04).

Minister of Development and European Cohesion Policy Zvone Černač emphasized that the Donor States Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the EEA Financial Mechanism strive to reduce economic and social disparities in Europe and strengthen good relations between Slovenia and Donor States. With the selection of projects concluded today, we will jointly contribute to the preservation of green Slovenia for future generations.

Annual Meeting with the Donor States

5 and 6 April 2022 – The fourth annual meeting with the Donor States in the current period of implementation of the EEA and Norway Grants took place in Slovenia. The annual meeting was organized by the National Focal Point.

The two-day meeting was attended by a large group of Slovenian and foreign representatives. On the Slovenian side, representatives of the National Focal Point, Programme Operator, Certifying Authority, Audit Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Active Citizens Fund participated in the meeting. The Donor States were represented by representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Budapest, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Financial Mechanism Office.

At the annual meeting, the participants approved the Combined Strategic and Annual Report for 2021, reviewed progress in the implementation of programmes and funds, as well as activities and initiatives in the framework of bilateral cooperation.

The two-day meeting also included a varied accompanying programme, during which participants visited examples of good practice of projects implemented under the Active Citizens Fund and the location of the children’s house, which is one of the results of a pre-defined project Children’s House (Barnahus) implemented under the Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship programme. The participants also visited the Ljubljana City Hall, where a presentation of the city and its good stories was held, as well as a discussion on possible bilateral initiatives.

Cooperation Committee for the programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship

24 February 2022 – The third meeting of the Cooperation Committee for the programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship took place today, virtually due to the Covid-19 situation.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Programme Operator and the Donor Programme Partners (HK-dir – Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills and AIBA – National Agency for International Education Affairs), as well as representatives – observers from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Budapest, the Financial Mechanism Office and the National Focal Point.

Participants discussed the programme’s progress, in particular the ongoing activities under the call for proposals, pre-defined projects and financial resources allocated to the programme under the Fund for Bilateral Relations.

More about the programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship is available at this link.

Cooperation Committee for the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

22 February 2022 – The third meeting of the Cooperation Committee for the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation took place today, in virtual form due to the Covid-19 situation.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Programme Operator and the Donor Programme Partner (NEA – Norwegian Environmental Agency), as well as representatives – observers from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Budapest, the Financial Mechanism Office and the National Focal Point.

Participants discussed the programme’s progress, in particular the ongoing activities under the call for proposals, a potential pre-defined project and financial resources allocated to the programme under the Fund for Bilateral Relations.

More about the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation is available at this link.

Holiday prize game on our Fb page

13 December 2021 – A holiday prize game has been published on the Facebook page of the EEA and Norway Grants in Slovenia.

In this happy December, not only Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Frost distribute gifts! Take part in the prize draw ‘’Something festive’’ and compete for two festive prize packages of the EEA and Norway Grants. Until Friday, December 17th!

More: https://www.facebook.com/NorwayGrantsSlovenia/

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