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Responsibilities as donor programme partner (DPP)

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a donor programme partner (DPP) within the ‘Public health initiatives’ programme area. The objective of this programme is to improve public health and reduce health inequalities in Europe.


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In addition, the programme is expected to promote bilateral relations between the Donor and Beneficiary States.

The Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) have selected public entities which are centres of excellence within their respective fields and which have extensive international experience to act as donor programme partners. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has been appointed a donor programme partner for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia within the ‘Public health initiatives’ programme area.

The main purpose of the partnership at the programme level is to facilitate networking, professional exchange, sharing and transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and good practice between public entities in the Donor and Beneficiary States. It is expected that both sides will gain new insight and experience through the co-operation, which will add value to the programme and enrich the participating entities.

At the Norwegian Institute of Public Health the work is led by a project manager at the Department of International Public Health. The institute works closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) in Brussels, which administers the funds and acts as the secretariat for the Grants. 

As donor programme partner the Norwegian Institute of Public Health acts as an advisor at the strategic level, providing inputs both to the design and to the implementation of the programme in the beneficiary countries. The institute works closely with the programme operators (POs) in the beneficiary countries, which have the overall responsibility for the results to be achieved in the approved programmes.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health facilitates networking between the programme operator and potential project promoters and / or project partners from Donor States, informs relevant stakeholders about the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms and about the programmes it is involved in. It also advises on possible activities within the programme to strengthen bilateral relations.

During the programme implementation phase, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health advises on selection criteria and the text for calls for proposals as well as on possible project partners in the Donor States, contributes to exchange of experience and capacity building, facilitates any study tours to the Donor State, technical seminars, conferences and expert exchanges included in the programme. 

Czech Republic

Tsjekkia EØS midlene Czech Republic.
Tsjekkia EØS midlene Czech Republic.
For the funding period 2009-2014, the Czech Republic was allocated 131.8 million euros from the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, up from 110.9 million euros in the previous five year period.

The environment, public health, cultural heritage, children and research are key areas of support.

Public health initiatives make up almost one sixth of the total funding, providing 19.2 million euros from the Norway Grants to improve access to and quality of health services. At least 40% of this support will focus on improved mental health services.

Prevention and treatment of accidents in children is another area that will be given priority in the Czech Republic.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a donor programme partner (DPP) for the Czech Republic.

Estonia

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Estland EØS midlene.
For the funding period 2009-2014, Estonia was allocated 48.6 million euros from the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, up from 32.8 million euros in the previous five year period.

Public health, children and youth, the environment and green innovation, and research are key areas of support.

Public health initiatives make up 18.3% of the funding, providing 8.9 million euros from the Norway Grants to improve access to and quality of health services.

This support will focus on mental health promotion and prevention of mental illnesses, improved mental health services, prevention and reduction of lifestyle-related diseases and improved prevention and treatment of communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in detention facilities.

Also, good co-operation has been established with the ‘Children and youth at risk’ programme.

Estonia (EEA Grants and Norway Grants website)

Hungary

For the funding period 2009-2014, Hungary was allocated 153.3 million euros from the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, up from 135.1 million euros in the previous five year period.

Among the main areas of support are bilateral research cooperation, green innovation, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, tackling climate change, public health and children and youths at risk, including support for vulnerable groups such as the Roma.

For 2009-2014, Hungary has been allocated 16.6 million euros from the Norway Grants to public health initiatives.

Improved access to and quality of health services, including reproductive and preventive child health care, prevention of life-style-related diseases and improved mental health services, are among the expected outcomes.

Special focus will be given to minority groups, particularly the Roma. E-pathology is another area which is planned to be supported by the Norway Grants.

  • Hungary (EEA Grants and Norway Grants website)

Portugal

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Portugal EØS midlene.
For the funding period 2009-2014, Portugal was allocated 57.95 million euros from the EEA Grants, up from 31.3 million euros in the previous five year period.

Integrated marine and inland water management, public health and NGO Fund are key areas of support.

Portugal has been allocated 10 million euros to public health initiatives, which will be used to address health inequalities related to income and standards of living and to support the country’s efforts to improve the national health systems.

Nutrition, mental health and improvement of health data are among the main themes in Portugal.

  • Portugal (EEA Grants and Norway Grants website)

Slovenia

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Slovenia EØS midlene.
For the funding period 2009-2014, Slovenia has been allocated 26.9 million euros from the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, up from 18.6 million euros in the previous five year period.

Public health, cultural and natural heritage, environmental protection and civil society are key areas of support. Public health and gender equality represent over 40% of the total allocation.

Slovenia has been allocated 10.2 million euros from the Norway Grants to public health initiatives.

The funding will be spent on activities directed to reduction of health inequalities, preventing lifestyle-related diseases and improving mental health services. Particular target groups include children and youths at risk and disadvantaged communities such as the Roma.

  • Slovenia (EEA Grants and Norway Grants website)