The Closing Event of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 took place in the Krkonoše Mountains on 13-14 June 2018. The whole Event was attended by representatives of the Financial Mechanism Office, the National Focal Point in the Czech Republic, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague, Mission of Liechtenstein to the EU, representatives of all partners from donor states, all the involved ministries and representatives of selected project promoters of programmes from various supported areas.
The second programming period of the EEA and Norway Grants in the Czech Republic was symbolically ended by a press conference at the Sněžka Meteo station. This press konference was opened by the Minister of finance Alena Schillerová: "The EEA and Norway Grants are a valuable financial source for the Czech Republic for investments in environmental protection, culture monuments recontruction or research projects that would only hardly find resources from national budget. I very much appreciate the financial and institutional support provided by our partners not only from Norway, but also from Iceland and Liechtenstein."
The best proof of the success of the ending period is the results of completed projects. "I appreciate, for example, the restoration and the opening of the Prague Rotunda of St. Wenceslas, which won the Europa Nostra architectural award. The outputs of the project Příroda, koho to zajímá? could the audience see in cinemas in the form of the documentary film Planet Česko. Last but not least, I would like to highlight many local projects that were of great importance for the local population, such as the purchase of modern device for the care of the smallest patients in hospitals in different parts of the Czech Republic. I want to thank our czech partners for their excellent cooperation," said Norwegian Ambassador Her Excellency Siri Ellen Sletner.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Finance Lenka Dupáková, representative of Mission of Liechtenstein to the EU Helen Lorez, Bishop of Hradec Králové Jan Vokál and also representatives of the Krkonoše National Park Administration, who was one of the co-organizers of the event, also spoke about individual projects with media.
The second programming period of the EEA and Norway Grants is over, but the successful cooperation of the Czech Republic with partners from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will continue. In the third programming period the Czech Republic further receives 5 bilions Czech crowns.