Our Partners

Partners of the EEA Financial Mechanism are the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the European Commission and Transparency International. These organisations ensure expert support on issues of human rights, democracy, rule of law, anti-corruption and civil society.

The Council of Europe (CoE) is an inter-governmental organisations with 47 member states. The EEA and Norway Grants cooperate with the Council of Europe on issues of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The CoE contributes in areas where its impact and legal instruments are highly relevant and add value such as improving the justice systems, countering gender-based violence, Roma inclusion policies and civil society support. Read more about partnership with the Council of Europe.

Transparency International (TI)  is a global network involving governments, civil society and business to fight corruption and promote transparency. To help improve risk management, in 2011 the EEA and Norway Grants entered into a partnership with TI. TI is to analyse corruption risks and integrity systems in the beneficiary countries. In addition, a tool has been developed to manage corruption risks within programmes and projects. Read more about partnership with Transparency International

The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union and is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union's treaties and the day-to-day running of the EU. The Commission works closely with the Grants to ensure that all programmes are in line with European policy goals and comply with EU policies. Read more about partnership with the European Commission

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) is a non-governmental organisation focused on ensuring respect for human rights. In the implementation of the Grants, the NHC is responsible for keeping the Norwegian civil society informed about the NGO programmes in the beneficiary countries and facilitate contact and cooperation between NGOs in the beneficiary countries and Norway. Read  more about partnership with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee

It is important to note that NHC actively cooperates with the NGO Programme Lithuania. On 15 March, a bilateral contacts development seminar will take place in Vilnius, convening NGOs from Lithuania, Norway as well as Iceland and Lichtenstein. 

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is one of the EU’s specialised agencies. FRA helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. The expert potential of FRA is an excellent resource for NGO Programmes, and Programme Operators are encouraged to cooperate with the Agency.

The Human Rights Monitoring Institute has a long-standing cooperation with FRA. Since 2010, the HRMI is a member of the Fundamental Rights Platform established by FRA. HRMI organises FRA’s meetings with Lithuanian civil society and gives opinion on the human rights situation in Lithuania.