Consultations with civil society are currently taking place in the beneficiary states. Strengthening the development of the NGO sector, and enhancing its contribution to social justice, democracy and social inclusion, are central priorities for the EEA Grants.
Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein will strengthen their support to civil society in Central and Southern Europe through the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14. An online consultation exercise on the funding is launched today at an open briefing in Brussels.
Without active work from NGOs it is impossible to build a strong civil society. That was the conclusion of the debate among more than 150 representatives from different NGOs who attended the Polish-Norwegian forum for civil society on 16 June 2010, organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw.