In May 2004,three non-EU members of the EEA - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - established the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism to support social and economic cohesion within the enlarged EEA.
In June 2012 second phase of the Programme was launched. The EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms (EEA and Norway Grants) aim to contribute to reducing socio-economic differences in the European Economic Area and enhancing relations between the Czech Republic and Donor States.


The present EEA/Norwegian FM 2009-2014 in the field of education builds upon the successful experience of the administration of the Financial Mechanism during the previous period. Achievements and challenges in the first phase of the Programme serve as an important source of knowledge and constitute a base for the thorough preparation of the second phase of the EEA/Norwegian FM.

For further information follow the websites of the Centre for International Cooperation in Education.


Knowledge transfer on Fin-fish boosting sustainable aquaculture
The increase of fish consumption provides new opportunities for highly competitive and innovative production and research in European aquaculture. The experts at the University of Iceland and Hólar University College have extensive knowledge on sustainable aquaculture, development of aquaponic system and have been working with farms on rearing and reproduction of Artic charr (Salvelinus alpinus). Besides, has a broad experience on transfer the knowledge to local farmers and thus supporting their sustainable and ecofriendly production. On the other hand, the University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, achieves very good experience with pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) and burbot (Lota lota). Throughout the new project, focus will be on enabling future success stories for these emergent fin-fish species, identified as significant candidates for supporting the future growth of the European aquaculture sector.