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Circular economy pilot projects


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Euroopa Majanduspiirkond (EMP)

The purpose of the grant is to contribute to the development of the circular economy and the introduction of more environmentally friendly solutions by the public sector.

Information about the measure

The IV open call is being funded from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014–2021 “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation” and has been developed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Estonia. The budget of the open call is 900,000 euros.

Supported activities:

The development and implementation of pilot projects for innovative circular economy solutions at local level.

Who can apply?

Bodies registered in the Republic of Estonia:

  • a local municipality or a body administered by it;
  • association of the local municipalities;
  • public authority.

How big is the grant?

  • The minimum grant amount per application is EUR 200 000 and the maximum grant amount is EUR 450 000.
  • The maximum grant rate is 85% of the eligible costs.
  • Own contribution shall amount to at least 15% of the eligible costs. Own contribution shall be earmarked for the implementation of the project.

The application process is in Estonian. More detailed materials, instructions and information can be found here, in Estonian, on the EIC’s homepage.

European Economic Area Grants 2014-2021

According to the European Economic Area (EEA) enlargement agreement, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will fund, in compliance to their size and economic wealth, 15 European countries through the EEA grant financial mechanism in total with 1,548 billion euros, from which Norway contributes 95,8%, Iceland 3% and Liechtenstein 1,2%.

During the EEA grants period, different Programmes will be financed in countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The objective of the programme is to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the beneficiary states.

During the period 2014-2021, Estonia receives 32,3 million euros as a grant from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, from which 6 million euros will be implemented directly through environment and climate projects.

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