Impact Watch is the monitoring platform created within the StayOn Project, funded by the EEA and Norway Grants.
In the EU, rural areas are affected by a higher share of NEETs, and a higher proportion of the population faces the risk of social exclusion. StayOn’s ultimate objective is to create conditions that enable young people to “stay on” rural land by ensuring their access to opportunities, benefits, services and jobs. The project aims at fostering youth empowerment providing adequate skills for the rural labour market, such as digital skills, abilities to manage environmental impacts, and personal development.
The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU trough consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.
For the period 2014-2021, the total contribution is €2.8 billion.
The priorities for this period are:
1_Innovations, Research Education and Competitiveness;
2_Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
3_Environment, Energy, climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
4_Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights;
5_Justice and Home Affairs.
Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EUU average. The EEA and Norway Grants scheme consists of two financial mechanisms. The EEA Grand are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contribution are based on their GDP. Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway.