The call is launched by the bilateral fund in Croatia. The call aims to increase cooperation between Norway and Croatia. Croatian entities can apply together with a partner from Norway.
The Fund for bilateral relations in Croatia (hereinafter referred to as “Bilateral fund”) was established within the framework of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Croatia.
The Bilateral Fund (BF) serves as a flexible source of financial support for a wide range of initiatives of mutual interest for Croatia and Donor states.
The call is managed by the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds (hereinafter referred to as the “JCBF”). The JCBF is established by the Beneficiary State to discuss matters of bilateral interest, decide on the use of the fund for bilateral relations and review progress in the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014- 2021 towards reaching the objective of strengthened bilateral relations. The JCBF consists of five voting members, two representatives from beneficiary country and the three representatives from donor states.
- The funding is available for cooperation within the areas:
- Energy and climate change
- Blue growth and green maritime
- Sustainable aquaculture
- The total amount available is 500,000 euro.
- Each partnership can apply for funding between 40,000 euro and 200,000 euro.
- Any public entity, non-commercial and non-governmental organisations , established as a legal entity in Croatia or in Norway is considered eligible applicant as well as eligible partner. In particular, the entities falling under the following categories may apply/participate as applicants or partners:
- Central government, regional and local authorities
- Universities, research, and scientific bodies
- Other Public institutions
- Non-Governmental Organisations, Chambers and Professional associations.
- The Programme Operators of the Programmes within the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021in Croatia are not eligible applicants under the BF Open Calls.
- Every application should be developed and implemented in a partnership of at least two entities, one from Croatia and one from Norway. All partners must have a clear and well-grounded role in achieving the objective of the application. While it is not a requirement, for ease of implementation it is recommended that an entity based in Croatia takes on the role of applicant.
- A letter of intent signed by the partner(s) should be submitted together with the application at the stage of application submission. If an application is awarded funding, the applicant shall submit a signed partnership agreement before the signing of the grant agreement, no later than 15 working days of receiving the award decision.
- A partnership shall not be replaced by sub-contracting. A (sub-) contractor is not considered a partner. Contractors providing services and supply of goods on the market do not fall within the category of partners and are selected by the respective organization under the rules for the procurement of services and/or goods, i.e. selection of contractor.
- Additional criteria for eligibility of applicants and partners
- The applicant/partner has the legal, financial and operational capacity to implement the activities to the extent described in the grant application.
- The applicant/partner has paid all taxes and other mandatory obligations in accordance with national legislation due for payment up to and including the last day of the month before the application for the Call
- The applicant/partner is not in the process of termination of work, in the procedure of prebankruptcy settlement, bankruptcy procedure, procedure of forced collection or in the procedure of liquidation
- The applicant/partner or a person authorized by law to represent it has not been convicted of criminal offences related to business and professional conduct (e.g., fraud, bribery, tax evasion, abuse of position and authority, illegal favouritism, participation in a criminal association
- The applicant/partner or a person authorized by law to represent him is not in a conflict of interest in the award procedure in question
- The applicant/partner is not guilty of providing false information or of violating the provisions on the intended use of funds and other provisions of the contract concluded for the purpose of awarding grants from public sources
- The applicant/partner is not subject to an outstanding recovery order following a previous European Commission decision declaring the aid illegal and incompatible with the internal market. The applicant/partner declares that it meets the eligibility criteria 4. – 9. by signing the Applicant form/Partner Statement (Annex 4). The NFP reserves the right to verify compliance with these requirements by consulting other publicly available information, as well as seeking additional clarifications from the applicant/partner.
For more information, visit https://www.innovasjonnorge.no/en/start-page/eea-norway-grants/calls-for-proposals/croatia-portugal-open-call-for-partnerships-between-norway-and-croatia/