Project “I take care of my breath – prevention of respiratory diseases in the Ostrołęka poviat”
Less cases ofmorbidity of respiratory diseases, an increase of consciousness regarding health prevention, promotional and informational actions, screening are the most important actions within the project entitled “I take care of my breath – prevention of respiratory diseases in the Ostrołęka poviat”.The poviat of Ostrołęka has just started its implementation. This project received support from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and the national budget.
The application submitted by the poviat received a high rank in the ranking list of districts applying for this funding in Poland.
Only eligible poviats could apply for these funds. Ostrołęka district was among 156 local governments of that kind. The list of eligible poviats was created on the basis of standardised mortality rate within 2009-2011 in Poland in the categories:
mortality in total, malicious tumours in total, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, digestive system diseases and external causes. Within the area of the Ostrołęka poviat, a high rate of mortality due to the respiratory diseases has been reported. Hence there is a need for wide-ranging actions connected with i.a. health prevention which, in consequence, would contribute to the reduction of morbidity in case of that kind of diseases.
The project entitled “I take care of my breath – prevention of respiratory diseases in Ostrołęka poviat”” will be implemented by Ostrołęka district from Januray 2015 to April 2016.
Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area ( that is the so-called Norwegian Funds and EEA Funds) are a form of unreturnable foreign assistance provided by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to new EU members. The funds are connected with the accession of Poland to the European Union and the entry of our country to the European Economic Area (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) simultaneously. In return for financial assistance, countries-donors use the access to the internal market of European Union (though they are not its members). Currently, the second series of Norwegian Funds and EEA (2009-2014) is realised.
The main purposes of Norwegian Funds and EEA Funds include: contribution to the reduction of economic and social differences within EEA and strengthening bilateral relations between countries-donors and a country-beneficiary. Supporting new members of EU in its internal market and supporting bilateral cooperation. The funds are addressed to all institutions of both public and private sector as well as to non-governmental organisations of a given country. Minimum grant of a single project amounts to 250,000 Euros. The receivers of Norwegian Funds and EEA funds are altogether 16 EU countries – meaning 12 countries which accessed the common market in 2004 and 2007 as well as Spain, Portugal, Greece and Croatia.
The assistance is addressed to the least prosperous countries of the European Union with the lowest GDP. EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) expect in return the possibility to exercise the freedoms of single market. Within the project for the years 2004-2009 Poland was granted 263,938 mln euro within the Norwegian Financial Mechanism ( and jointly within both funds-533,51 mln euro).
The total amount of the second edition of the Norwegian Fund and the EEA Fund is 1,798 mln euro. The allocation for Poland amounts to 578,1 mln euro, including costs of funds management incurred by donors and by Poland.
Generally, an applicant may be a private or public entity, commercial and non-commercial one, as well as a non-governmental organisation established as legal entity in Poland and an intergovernmental organisation operating in Poland. For each of the programmes a catalogue of entities which may apply for funding will be established.
Within Norwegian Funds and EEA Funds, a dozen of programmes were distinguished (areas of support). Within a given programme, it will be possible to receive funds for projects of similar subject.
Among the programmes, many areas from the first edition of Norwegian Funds and EEA Funds can be found. Above all, it is worth to mention: environmental protection (incl. renewable energy), cultural heritage, health, research and scholarships. The programmes regarding Schengen area and internal affairs, including prison service and combating violence, have also been distinguished. Similarly to the first edition, a strong emphasis has been placed on strengthening civil society. Completely new subjects such as decent work and trilateral dialogue, as well as self-government cooperation within regions’ development have appeared.
The institutions/organisations, which specialise in a particular field, are responsible for implementation of each programme, i.e. in case of health –the Ministry of Health. These Institutions hold the function of the so-called Programme Operator. In certain programmes, Operators cooperate with entities from countries-donors.
The choice of financed projects is largely conducted on the basis of calls announced by operators within particular programmes. Furthermore, so-called predefined projects are realised (projects indicated for realisation in advance).