Bilateral relations between countries often refer to political, economic, cultural and historic ties. Strong bilateral relations are characterised by cooperation between institutions and persons at administrative and political level as well as in the private sector, academia and civil society. Other elements of bilateral relations include trade and investment, cultural exchange, as well as general knowledge, understanding and public awareness about the other country and the ties existing between them.
The bonds between countries that are parties to the EEA and Norway Grants are already strong due to a common history and culture, shared values as well as geographical closeness. The engagement funded through the Grants is only one of several contributions to strengthening the relations between the donor and beneficiary states.
In the context of the EEA and Norway Grants, the operational definition of “strengthened bilateral relations” is: Cooperation, joint results, and increased mutual knowledge and understanding between donor and beneficiary states as a function of the EEA and Norway Grants.