About the project
The town of Želiezovce has been successful in applying for funds from EEA Grants for the restoration of the roof structure of Esterhazy manor house. The call was announced within the Culture CLT01 programme, entitled “Cultural entrepreneurship, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation” which aims to support the restoration and revitalization of cultural heritage for the reuse or further use of cultural monuments and promotion of their entrepreneurial potential.
Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic (MIRRI SR), Section of OPTA and other financial mechanisms, EEA and Norway Grants Department
Goal of the project
The project is aimed at the restoration of the roof structure of Esterhazy manor house in Želiezovce and making it accessible to the general public as well as using it for the purpose of educational, marketing and cultural activities.
Within the project, the town cooperates with the Norwegian organisation NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists). Among the project partners, there are also local organisations – Castellum Zeliz (Civic Association) and Csemadok Želiezovce (Basic organisation of the Hungarian Social and Cultural Association in Slovakia). Local partners will also participate in the project by organising cultural events. NOPA will participate in three conferences of the project and contribute to the project with performances of composers and musicians.
In cooperation with partners, the restoration of the manor house will be accompanied by cultural activities and publications. Several activities will be implemented within the project. The most important of these is the restoration of the roof structure of the Esterhazy manor house in Želiezovce and the establishment of a residential arts and cultural centre that will host conferences and events focusing on the preservation of cultural heritage.
Information about the project
Name of the project: Restoration of the manor house in Želiezovce in order to preserve the cultural heritage and make it accessible to the general public – Stage 1
Lead partner: The town of Želiezovce
Local project partners: CSEMADOK Želiezovce – Basic organisation of the Hungarian Social and Cultural Association in Slovakia, Civic Association Castellum Zeliz
Project partner from Norway: NOPA (Norsk forening for komponister og tekstforfattere) – Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists
Breakdown of total eligible project expenditures:
Total project budget: 775.733 €
Total eligible expenditures of the Beneficiary (the town of Želiezovce): 706.133 €
Total eligible expenditures of the Norwegian partner (NOPA): 69.600 €
The activity is funded by the:
EEA Financial Mechanism in the amount of 626.404 € (80%),
State budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 110.542 € (15%),
Town’s own resources in the amount of 38.787 € (5%).
Project implementation period: 01.02.2021 – 30.04.2024
The European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism consist of financial resources from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, whereas the contribution of Norway constitutes approximately 97% of the total volume of the disponsible financial resources.
About the EEA
The EEA 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 through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. The priorities for this period are:
#1 Innovation, 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
The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP.
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 EU average.
All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.
How does it work?
The EU and the Donor States will agree on the total amount of the contribution and distribution of funding per beneficiary state. Country allocations are based on population size and GDP per capita. Within the set national allocation, the donor states negotiate with each recipient state separately and agree on what programs will be set up, their objectives and the size of the allocation for each of the programs. The agreement is based on the needs and priorities of the recipient country and the framework for cooperation with donor countries.
Each National Focal Point is responsible for the overall management of the programmes in its beneficiary country. The Programme Operators (POs) develop and manage the programmes, often in cooperation with a partner from the donor states, and award funding to projects. Projects are mostly selected following calls for proposals launched by the POs.
The project Restoration of the manor house in Želiezovce in order to preserve the cultural heritage and make it accessible to the general public benefits from a € 737.000 grant from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of € 110.500. The aim of the project is to restoration of the roof structure of Esterhazy manor house in Želiezovce and making it accessible to the general public as well as using it for the purpose of educational, marketing and cultural activities.