On November 29, 2018 in Sofia Mr. Milko Berner, deputy minister of interior of Republic of Bulgaria, and H.E. Mrs. Lise Nicoline Kleven Grevstad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria, will attend the official launch of the Home Affairs Programme financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021.
The event marks the beginning of the new programming period for Bulgarian projects in the field of home affairs supported by the Norway grants. The programme has a total budget of over 25 million euro and supports projects in the priority sectors of asylum and migration, prevention and fight against crime, countering corruption and economic crime.
The event will take place at 11:00 am in Oborishte 5 – Gallery and Hall in Sofia.
The Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 was signed on 9 December 2016 in Sofia. Based on the agreements, the Ministry of Interior was designated as the Program Operator of the Home Affairs Program, which provides financial support from Norway for a 7-year period of 21 500 000 euro and national co-financing of 3 794 118 euro. The Home Affairs Programme will finance measures in three programme areas: “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime”, “Asylum and Migration” and “Good Governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency”. The programme will be managed by the Ministry of Interior of Bulgaria in partnership with the National Police Directorate of Norway (POD), Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and the Council of Europe.