On June 3rd and 4th, a Portuguese delegation, consisting of members of the National Focal Point of the EEA Grants and members of the Programme Operators, visited Iceland in order to create synergies and articulate the best way to enhance the collaboration between Portuguese and Icelandic entities.
On the first day, the Portuguese delegation, in addition to presenting the EEA Grants and the outlines of the current Financial Mechanism Programmes in Portugal, had the opportunity to learn in detail the line of action of "Promote Iceland", an entity that aims to promote the competitiveness of Icelandic companies and Rannís, an Icelandic center dedicated to research.
On the same day, a bilateral meeting was held with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland represented by its Ambassador Kristín Árnadóttir, with responsibilities on the Gender Equality issues in that country.
The meetings and visits continued over the two days with the following entities:
- Matís – expert research and development entity aligned with the food and biotechnology industries.
- Navis – company responsible for the design of the first hybrid long-line fishing boat.
- Reykjavik Maritime Museum – museum dedicated to the ocean cluster.
- National Museum of Iceland – museum focused on the preservation and management of the country's cultural heritage.
- Innovation Iceland – entity that, through active participation and support to entrepreneurs and businesses, has as its mission the innovation and promotion of new ideas in the Icelandic economy.
The Portuguese delegation consisted of the National Focal Point and the representatives of the following Programme Operators:
- Blue Growth – Directorate General for Maritime Policy.
- Environment – General Secretariat for the Environment and Energy Transition.
- Culture – Directorate General for Cultural Heritage and the programme partner Directorate General for the Arts.
- Conciliation and Gender Equality – Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality.