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Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway GRANTS
Through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, signed in the city of Porto in May 1992, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are partners in the internal market with the Member States of the European Union. As a way of promoting a continuous and balanced strengthening of economic and trade relations, the parties to the European Economic Area Agreement have established a multi-annual Financial Mechanism, known as the EEA Grants, through which Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide financial support to member states of the European Union with greater deviations from the European average of GDP per capita, which includes Portugal.


  • Reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area
  • Strengthen bilateral relations between beneficiary countries and donor countries.



Since the entry into force of the Agreement in 1994, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as donor states, have contributed to Portugal's economic and social development.
EEA Grants 1994-1999 - 105 M € grant grant and 315 M € subsidized loan.
EEA Grants 1999-2003 - grant of € 21,288,800 applied in full to the area of ​​urban rehabilitation.
EEA Grants 2004-2009 - allocation of € 30,067,200 in grant, allocated to priority sectors of heritage conservation, environmental protection, sustainable development, human resource development, health and childcare and research and development.
EEA Grants 2009-2014 - net allocation of € 53,603,750, and was intended to promote close cooperation between institutional entities and partners from donor and beneficiary states, in projects related to the following program areas: i) Marine waters and interiors; ii) renewable energy; iii) climate change; iv) non-governmental organizations; v) public health; vi) gender equality and balance between private life and work; vii) cultural heritage and arts
EEA Grants 2014-2021 - with a global allocation of € 102.7 M, five programs will be supported: i) Blue growth; ii) environment; iii) conciliation and gender equality; iv) culture; v) active citizens.
In addition to these five programs, there is the Bilateral Relations Fund. This fund intends to support initiatives aimed at strengthening relations between Portugal and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on the European Economic Area

25 years – 25 projects


(last update April 2021)