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Key role for research in new EEA agreement between Norway and Portugal

Norway and Portugal have signed a new cooperation agreement under the EEA and Norway Grants. Of the total sum of more than EUR 102 million, EUR 38 million will be allocated to ocean-based business development, research and education.

“Ocean-based companies are a crucial driving force in the economies of both Norway and Portugal. Our two countries already enjoy good cooperation, and we want to reinforce this with the new agreement,” says Frank Bakke-Jensen, Norway’s Minister of EEA and EU Affairs.

Research will be important
The new MoU was signed in Lisbon on Monday, 22 May 2017. This is the first time that research has been included as a key component in the EEA agreement with Portugal.

The content of the cooperation programmes and the calls for proposals will be developed in the coming months. The indications so far suggest that business development and research on oceans will have a central role.

“Participation in projects under this agreement is not limited to Norwegian companies and research institutions. There is great potential for other stakeholders, such as from the municipalities, non-governmental organisations and the cultural sector. Everyone who wants to help to create a green, competitive and inclusive Europe is welcome to take part,” says Mr Bakke-Jensen.

More countries with research on the agenda
Portugal is the third country to sign a new MoU with Norway that includes a designated research programme. Two other MoUs have also been signed under the new period of the EEA and Norway Grants – first with Romania in October 2016, then with Estonia earlier in May.

The negotiations regarding EEA and Norway Grants with other countries have not concluded yet. The Research Council hopes to see more agreements that include research as a component being concluded soon.

Visit our EEA page to learn more about the EEA and Norway Grants and the negotiations with other countries.

Written by:
Geir Aas. Translation: Connie Stultz/Carol B. Eckmann.
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