Through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are partners in the internal market with the 28 EU member states.
The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe.
Strengthening bilateral relations is a primary objective of the EEA and Norway Grants. Strengthening ties between European countries brings mutual benefits for institutions and organisations in both the donor and beneficiary countries. Funds are set aside in all beneficiary countries to support networking and foster project partnerships on initiatives of mutual interest.
The EEA Grants and Norway Grants are set up for five-year periods. For the period 2009-2014, €1.798 billion has been set aside under the Grants. The Norway Grants are financed by Norway alone and amount to approximately €804 million in this period.
Within the EEA Grants and Norway Grants there are 32 programme areas within different sectors ranging from environmental protection and climate change to civil society and research. The CRT Tile Project is financed under the Norway Grants.
CRT Tile Project is coherent with the environmental topic as it brings ecological profits by reducing the landfill waste disposal at the peak moment of transition from CRT to LED and plasma technology. It also allows to replace raw material with waste material in highly material and energy demanding glass-ceramic tile manufacturing process.