EEA Grants take good practice to Norway

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The National Management Unit (NGU) of EEA Grants Portugal was in Bergen to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Portugal and Norway and identify best practices and opportunities for future cooperation.

The visit took place within the framework of the One Ocean Week, which was held in this Norwegian city between 17 and 21 April.

The UNG was accompanied by the Programme Operators of the Environment, Blue Growth and Culture, as well as some project operators of these areas, who took the opportunity to deepen contacts with their Norwegian partners.

The UNG organised, on 18 April, the conference The Blue in the Green: Portuguese-Norwegian cooperation on environment and the ocean, with the aim of taking to Norway some of the projects considered examples of good practices, for the presentation of results and to discuss new forms of cooperation between the two countries.

The projects CLIMA.AML, E-Redes and Sea Rubish 2Cap were presented.

Technical visits and exchange of experiences were made to the GCE Ocean Technology cluster, the VilVite Scientific Education Centre, the Marine Research Institute (one of the biggest in Europe), the Port of Bergen and the Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve, the only one in Norway.

An informal meeting of the Cooperation Committee was also held, between the Blue Growth and Environment Programme Operators, with the aim of laying the foundations for negotiating the next funding period.

The Portuguese delegation also included the Secretary of State for the Sea, José Maria Costa, the Portuguese Ambassador in Norway, Pedro Pessoa e Costa and the coordinator of the UNG, Susana Ramos.

The Norwegian Embassy in Portugal was represented by Ambassador Tove Westberg.