Diplomatic Representation in Brussels (B)

EEA Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants)

The EEA Financial Mechanism is the common contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway toward the reduction of economic and social disparities within the European Union. This solidarity measure corresponds largely to the EU’s cohesion funds, which are invested by the economically stronger EU Member States into projects implemented in economically disadvantaged European regions. Liechtenstein’s contribution for the period 2014-2021 amounts to ca. 2,3 Mio. Euros per year, representing about 1,06 per cent of the overall costs. The Mission in Brussels represents Liechtenstein in the administrative organs of this programme, which is also known as EEA Grants (www.eeagrants.org).

The EEA Grants are based on Memoranda of Understanding with the 15 beneficiary countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Portugal, and Romania. During these negotiations, the Mission promoted in particular support for activities in the areas of education, culture, migration and good governance. Liechtenstein particularly prioritizes cooperation with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Following the conclusion of MoU’s, concrete grants are awarded in the beneficiary countries in accordance with the agreed priorities. Since the EEA Grants are also designed to promote bilateral relations between donor and beneficiary countries, Liechtenstein project partners are also eligible to be supported for joint projects.

Open calls can be found here. A step-by-step explanation for project partnerships is available here. Should you be interested in cooperation in the area of education, please contact the Liechtenstein Agency for International Education Cooperation .

What are the achievements of the EEA Grants so far? Here is an overview.

The EEA EFTA Foreign Ministers on the EEA Grants Annual Report 2016-2017:

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      The EEA Grants helped finance the Website of the Czech-Liechtenstein Joint Commission of Historians. The research results about the common history of the two countries, as well as information about events held by the Commission, are made public  in both German and  Czech and soon as well in English – thereby contributing to the strengthening of bilateral relations.


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