On October 23, 2019, the National Energy Authority held a conference about the projects of the EEA Grants concerning renewable energy, heating systems, energy utilization, environmental issues, and climate in Poland and Romania. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment in Poland, Innovation Norway in Romania, and the EEA Grants.
The conference was divided into two parts: presentations from the respective countries and bilateral discussions about potential cooperation between stakeholders from Iceland and the respective countries regarding geothermal projects, energy utilization, etc. The meeting was successful and is an important step towards preparing for cooperation between stakeholders in the respective countries for the upcoming EEA Grants in Eastern, Central, and Southern Europe, which will be implemented from 2018 to 2024. Raluca Fanaru from Innovation Norway in Romania spoke about the energy plan and SME plan in Romania. For the upcoming period of the EEA Grants for energy projects, there is a budget of 29.8 million euros for renewable energy, energy utilization, training, research and development, household electrification, and bilateral activities. The bidding period for geothermal projects has passed, but the bidding for energy utilization projects is still open, and support for project preparation can be requested.