Fund for bilateral relations
Implementation of strategic initiatives could start in spring of 2019 following the development and approval of the necessary national normative acts and signing of the agreement with the Donor States.
|Aim||To strengthen the cooperation and to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the Donor States (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland) and Latvia.|
|Available funding||1 342 000 EUR.
Decision of allocation of funds is taken by the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds.
|Grant for one initiative||Not less than 10 000 EUR.|
|Eligibility period||Till 30.04.2025. (Starting from the date when the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the promoter is signed).|
|Promoter of initiative||Any institution in Latvia or Donor States.|
|Bilateral relations||The initiative should be implemented in cooperation with at least one Donor State ((Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland) partner or, if the initiative is implemented by a Donor State institution, in cooperation with at least one partner from Latvia.
The partner can be natural or legal person, involved in planning and implementation of initiative activities.
The proposal should be submit only after partnership is established. The initiative's proposal should be prepared in cooperation with the partner. A written approval from a partner(s) about participation and role in the initiative should be annexed to the proposal.
|Examples of activities||
|Priorities||Planned priorities according to the Work Plan to be approved by the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds:
|Applicant of initiative for approval in Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds||Members of the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds.
In order to ensure transparency at national level during examination of initiatives, the Focal Point according to the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers on the Management of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 approved on 13.11.2018. established the Advisory Working Group of the Fund for bilateral relations. It operates in accordance with the Regulations and Decree approved by the Ministry of Finance. The Advisory Working Group consists of representatives from Focal Point, line ministries, State Chancellery, social and cooperation partners (largest umbrella NGOs of employees, employers, trade and municipalities, large cities), council for implementation of the cooperation memorandum between NGOs and the Cabinet of Ministers. The aim of the Advisory Working Group is to receive, to discuss and to provide opinion about initiatives submitted to the Focal Point. As well the Cabinet of Ministers shall make decision on Advisory Working Group's opinion.
Regulative documents of the fund for bilateral relations
- Donor States’ "Bilateral Guideline" (09.02.2017.)
- Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers on the Management of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 13.11.2018.(section 5 "Implementation of the Technical assistance and the fund for bilateral relations")
- Agreement between the Donor States and the Focal Point on the Fund for bilateral relations (12.12.2018.)
- Work plan of the fund for bilateral relations (30.04.2019.)
- Informative material for strategic initiatives (01.04.2019.)
- Template for strategic initiative proposal(01.04.2019.)
- National Advisory group for the fund for bilateral relations:
- Agreement on implementation of strategic initiative
- Financial and progress report on implementation of initiative of the Fund for bilateral relations
Initiatives approved by the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds
||1 125 394|
|Available funding||1 342 000|
|1.||3D scanning and new technologies in cultural heritage management||National heritage board of Latvia||
Norwegian directorate of Cultural Heritage
May 2019 – April 2025
|2.||Participation in the Conversation Festival LAMPA||Ministry of Finance of Latvia||Norwegian Embassy in Riga||2019 June till 2024 July||90 000|