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Norway Grants support our capital city

published: 2019-06-06 11:57, mlan
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Warsaw is a rapidly developing metropolis. No changes would have been possible without European funds and other aid sources, including Norway Grants, which play a significant role in this support.

Over the last dozen years, Warsaw has undergone significant transformation, becoming a modern, beautiful city which is attractive to residents and tourists alike. Poland is a major beneficiary of European Economic Area Grants. The support, including funds from Norway, facilitated the completion of 14 projects worth over PLN 122 million, of which the co-financing from the Norwegian Financial mechanism and EEA Financial mechanism amounted to over PLN 51 million,” said Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, and added that “the funds were allocated for the renovation of the Museum of Warsaw, and part of the basements of the tenement houses of the Old Town. A number of other projects have been implemented as well, including the restoration of meadows by the Vistula river, which is part of bringing the Vistula, Warsaw's treasure, back to the residents.”

2019 is a year of numerous anniversaries and an occasion for celebration. We are celebrating the centennial of Polish and Norwegian diplomatic relations, we  have been allies within NATO for 20 years, and partners within the European Economic Area for 15 years. As for Norway itself, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which established ties between Norway and European Union states.  Norway Grants and EEA Grants constitute our contribution to stability and unity in Europe, and an exceptional opportunity to foster our bilateral relations,” said Olav Myklebust, Ambassador of Norway in Poland. “We can see the fantastic results of measures supported by Norway Grants. Over 3,000 projects were implemented across Poland, including many in Mazowsze and in Warsaw. We hope that cooperation between Poland and Norway will be as strong and durable as the maple tree we planted today.”

Dynamic changes taking place in Warsaw would not have been possible without the support of EU Funds and other aid sources, including Norway Grants and EEA Grants (Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism). which have played a significant role in the development of our city. The Grants are a form of non-refundable foreign aid which contributes to reducing economic and social inequalities in Europe, and fostering bilateral cooperation. The Grants are given to Poland and other EU Member States by Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

The Museum of Warsaw is a landmark project that received the highest grant as part of Norwegian and EEA Financial Mechanisms. The main building of the Museum located in the Old Town Square regained its former glory thanks to the substantial financial support worth over PLN 18 million. As part of the project, the tenement houses housing the museum underwent the first major renovation since the reconstruction of the Old Town after World War II. During the works, the contractors applied methods and technologies which minimised interference with the valuable interiors, and allowed to bring back the building’s former glory thanks to conservation procedures. These measures helped to preserve the atmosphere of the tenement houses, as well as to employ state-of-the-art exhibition technologies.