Norway grants 2009-2014
On 8th June, 2011, the Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre have signed in Oslo the Memoranda of Understanding between the European Economic Area and Norway, which regulate the implementation of financial mechanisms. Until 2014, Estonia will receive a total of 44.9 million € as grants from the European Economic Area and Norway.
The main objectives of the Norway grants is to promote reducing the economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthen the bilateral relations between Norway and recipient countries in mutually agreed priority fields. In addition to Estonia, among the recipient countries, there are Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Spain and Portugal.
The Memorandum of Understanding about the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 came into force on 9th June, 2011. Norway's net subsidies to Estonia add up to 23.68 million, three programmes of which fall within the area of responsibility of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The period of this program ends on 30th April, 2016.
You can find more information about Norway grants from here.
European Social Fund (ESF)
Program "Promoting Gender Equality 2011–2013" (Implementation period 2011-2015)
The European Social Fund is co-financing the program "Promoting Gender Equality 2011-2013". The total budget for this program is 702 394 euros, of wich the European Social Fund covers the 597,035 euros (85%) and the Estonian Government 105 359 euros (15%).
The aim of the program is to promote gender equality and to reduce gender-based discrimination.
The particular aim of ESF spending is to support the creation of more and better jobs in the EU, which it does by co-funding national, regional and local projects that improve the levels of employment, the quality of jobs, and the inclusiveness of the labour market in the Member States and their regions.