On 5 April 2011 Lithuania and Norway have signed agreements on the EEA (European Economic Area) and Norway Grants for €84 million investment in the period leading up to 2014. One of the investment priorities is cultural heritage protection projects.
The representatives of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway and Norwegian Arts Council were on visit in Lithuania on 21-23 June 2011. During the visit of the representatives of Norwegian institutions inter-ministerial meeting has been organized in the Ministry of Culture. The main attention was paid to the elaboration of the strategic document and call for projects for the 2012, perspectives of EEA and Norwegian grants allocation were also discussed. Currently the new strategic document of the financial support is under preparation. During the inter-ministerial meeting experts’ delegation has visited two cultural heritage objects in Lithuania, which were conserved or restored with the financial support from EEA Financial Mechanism – Aristavėlė manor house in Rumšiškės Ethnographic Open Air Museum and Pažaislis monastery in Kaunas.
In the previous five-year funding period (2004-2009) Lithuania has been allocated €11.2 million for cultural heritage projects which has helped preserve a number of historical objects. Support has helped to restore manor houses, churches and forts, castles making unique parts of the Lithuanian cultural heritage more accessible both to tourists and the local population.
Norwegian delegation and participants of the meeting at Pažaislis monastery in Kaunas
Photographer Alfredas Jomantas