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Study visit to Norway for better gender equality

Study visit to Norway for better gender equality

Project ID: HU01-0021-COOPER-B1-2017


Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter Települési Önkormányzatok Országos Szövetsége/ Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2017.09.01- 018.02.28
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner -
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner >KS Kommunesektorens organisasjon
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 9 360 000 HUF/30 000 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 9 360 000 HUF/30 000 EUR

Overall objectives of the initiative is to increase the extent of cooperation between Norwegian and Hungarian local governments and its leaders, experts and staff, through continuation of already existing Partnership and capacity-building programs between the national associations of both countries, namely between KS and TÖOSZ. The bilateral cooperation contributes to the collaboration between the partners through sharing experiences, knowledge, know-how and working together for joint results such as the development of strategies, new knowledge and practice. The aim of the initiative is exchanging know-how, learning about best practices, well operating models, by visiting joint event, and study tour. The project includes two main activities: a study trip to Norway with 10 participants and a final workshop in Budapest. 
The title of this project “Study visit to Norway for better gender equality” reflects the bilateral and the professional aims of the project. 
The study trip will be held in November 2017 in Bergen. The final program will be fixed after the decisions on support of this project. The participants will have the opportunity to consult on the program content too. The participants will be Mayors and elected representatives, officials from Hungarian local government. The need to apply for participation to the Project Promoter. The project aims to raise the awareness in gender equality, work-life balance; work together, think together and have a project idea or concept, or an action at the end of the workshop for each participating municipality.
We communicate on the project results through the websites of the Partners and a press conference during the workshop in Budapest. We will send e-newsletters to Hungarian local governments and we publish articles in proffessional newspaper.

Bilateral relations for mapping good practices of Nordic childcare model

Bilateral relations for mapping good practices of Nordic childcare model

Project ID: HU01-0028-COOPER-B1-2017


Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter Ampók Alapítvány a Kisgyermekeket Nevelő Családok Lelki Egészségéért/ Ampók Foundation for the Mental Health of Families with Young Children
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2017.10.01- 2018.03.31
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner -
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 8 722 883 HUF/27 957 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 8 722 883 HUF/27 957 EUR

Today, parental leave in Hungarian context means maternity leave. In other words, parental leave is typically used only by mothers and paternity leave is quite rare. This puts Hungarian women in vulnerable position on the labor market and leads to disadvantages for women's career. This reproduces inequailities on the labor market (pay gap, glass ceiling, labor market segregation). The goal of family care and child care is to increase population growth but in Hungary population growth is still lower than expected. 
The aim of the bilateral contribution with the donor partner (Norwegian Center for Human Rights) is to gain deeper understanding of Nordic childcare model and collect good practices. We aim to conduct a study and a recommendation collection as a basis for Hungarian decision makers to evolve potential policies in order to further develop the childcare system. 
Within the framework of the project, we also aim to conduct a public service ad in form of a video which popularize paternity leave.
High priority in the program is to build an expert network for further joint work and researches.

Don't heat and feed climate

Don't heat and feed climate

Project ID: HU01-0010-COOPER-B2-2017


Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter Besenyszögért Alapítvány/ Besenyszögért Foundation
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2017.11.02- 2018.04.30
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner Besenyszög Város Önkormányzata
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner  
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 9 358 752 HUF/29 996 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 9 358 752 HUF/29 996 EUR

The general purpose of the project, beside strengthening the cooperation between Hungarian and Icelandic organizations, is to exchange local experience about fight against climate change. We would implement four types of actions within the project. In order to improve the relationship between Hungarian and Icelandic organizations, our actions target a wide range of groups: students, professionals, inhabitants. The action to be implemented involve 14 Hungarian,20 Icelandic professional participants.
The project actions

  1. Organizing workshops(IS,2pcs)
    1. Workshop related to the experience of Sigillum University of Iceland about the technology of geothermal energy
    2. Workshop, meeting the Icelandic-Hungarian Cultural Association, exchanging experience about local selective waste collectio
  2. Awareness-raising actions(5pcs)
    1. Art competition for Hungarian and Icelandic children(Hu,Is)
      Organizing exhibition entitled “What I did for my environment this summer”(Reykjavík Harpa)
    2. Creating and operating a common (Hu-Is) website
      For the Icelandic-Hungarian Cultural Association and Besenyszögért Foundation
    3. Press Conference about the photo exhibition in the County Library of Szolnok(Hu)
      In order to provide the publicity a press conference is hold, after publishing a press release.
    4. Workshop at the Campus of Szolnok-Project’s introduction
    5. Project closing event in Besenyszög Vehiculum House
  3. Common actions-Study journeys(3pcs)
    1. Hveragerði Geothermal Park
    2. Svartsengeni Geothermal Power-station
    3. Visiting the school of Grundarfjörður Fjölbrautaskóli Snæfellinga and the Government of Town Grundarfjörður
  4. Organization of other meetings(IS,1pcs)
    1. Meeting the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce in order to get new experience

The common purpose makes our foundation closer to the Icelandic organizations (IMKT,NGO,school,university,choir). Our awareness-raising actions may help to form the thinking way of country people in the fight against climate change and global warming.

Training for local governments with Norwegian-Hungarian cooperation for effective answers to the challenges of climate change

Training for local governments with Norwegian-Hungarian cooperation for effective answers to the challenges of climate change

Project ID: HU01-0015-COOPER-B2-2017


Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter >Települési Önkormányzatok Országos Szövetsége/ Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2017.09.01- 2018.02.28
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner >-
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner KS Kommunesektorens organisasjon
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 9 035 520 HUF/28 960 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 9 035 520 HUF/28 960 EUR

Overall objectives of the initiative is to increase the extent of cooperation between Norwegian and Hungarian local governments and its leaders, experts and staff, through continuation of already existing Partnership and capacity-building programs between the national associations of both countries, namely between KS and TÖOSZ. The bilateral cooperation contributes to the collaboration between the partners through sharing experiences, knowledge, know-how and working together for joint results such as the development of strategies, new knowledge and practice. The aim of the initiative is exchanging know-how, learning about best practices, well operating models, by visiting joint events, which are in this case training sessions three times as pilot course for 20 local governments in climate change adaptation. The project includes online joint work of KS and TÖOSZ experts at the beginning. Training material will base on alredy existing training method elaborated by Energiaklub in Partnership with TÖOSZ. The training content will be further developed with concrete best practices from Norway and Hungary, which will be collected by KS and TÖOSZ. The title of this project “Training for local governments with Norwegian-Hungarian cooperation for effective answers to the challenges of climate change ” reflects the bilateral and the professional aims of the project.
The training will be interactive and mainly practical with basic theoretical knowledge (exposure, sensibility, adaptation capacity, vulnerability), as our experiences showed the most effective way of capacity building is the learning from each other. Main focuses of the training will be: effects on climate change in HUngary and on local level, how to assess the vulnerability of the municipality, methods how to create local strategies, introduction and visiting best practices. 
Main elements are the project the communication tools, as we would like to disseminate the information among all municipalities in Hungary.

The role and importance of ESCO in financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in order to mitigate the effects of climate change

The role and importance of ESCO in financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in order to mitigate the effects of climate change

Project ID: HU01-0026-COOPER-B2-2017


Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter LENERG Energiaügynökség Mérnöki és Tanácsadó Nonprofit Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság/ LENERG Energy Agency Nonprofit Llc.
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2017.12.01- 2018.04.30
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner -
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner International Development Norway
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 9 353 560 HUF/29 979 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 9 353 560 HUF/29 979 EUR

The project will be achieved by LENERG Energy Agency Nonprofit Llc. (HU) and the Donor Partner, International Development Norway (NO). The main goal of the project is to solve the financing problems of the public sector (e.g. there is no financial source available for RES and EE projects; only refundable source is available – after 2020 the trends will shift in the EU towards refundable projects) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects which can mitigate the effects of climate change, and shall be no burden the investments for them. In Hajdú-Bihar county and the rest of the country as well several settlements are struggling with financing their everyday operation, not to start RES and EE investment, or they cannot finance own-contribution in a project. A non-profit ESCO could be a solution. In Hungary ESCOs are not so popular due to lack of trust in these companies. In the project we would like to study how Norwegian ESCOs are operating, how popular are these companies and what the level of trust is. We also would like to analyse how we can transfer the Good Practices into the Hungarian system in order to improve and set back the trust towards these companies. This can contribute to the increasing number of RES and EE investments not only the in the more developed area of the country, but the underdeveloped areas as well, therefore it also contribute to the fight against the negative effects of climate change. We can also pay public organizations’ and people’ affected by the investments attention to the climate change and sensitize them towards the problems, hence they will commit themselves to start RES and EE investments. In the project we will organize one study trips in Hungary, one in Norway connected with workshops. Besides one of the result of the project will be an expert study, in which Hungarian and Norwegian situation will be compared and analyse the possibilities of transfer of Good Practices.

What can I do? What can we do? - Centre CLIMAMENTOR

What can I do? What can we do? - Centre CLIMAMENTOR

Project ID: HU01-0027-COOPER-B2-2017


Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter Ökorégió Alapítvány a Fenntartható Fejlődésért/ Ecoregion Foundation for Sustainable Development
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2017.11.01- 2018.04.30
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner -
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner Regionrådet for Sør-Østerdal
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 9 360 000 HUF/30 000 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 9 360 000 HUF/30 000 EUR

Norway is considered to be world first regarding fighting climate change, and regarding the practical realization of effective climate actions (mitigation and adaptation).
What can I do? What can WE do? – the research of climate protection and climate-adaptation models, and the study of their perspective in adaptation with goals, such as:
-    The study of climate protection and climate adaptation models on individual and joint levels, demonstration of adaptation
-    Creating basis for the development of the services of Ecological and Rural Development Center of Dötk (target groups: citizens, municipalities, rural development initiatives, farmers) with the goal of transformation to a CLIMAMENTOR center. The main objective of the center to be developed into a CLIMAMENTOR center is preparation of target groups to climate change and relevant tasks, perspective change in view of the adequate „climate-answer”, reduce the effect of climate change and to adapt to the upcoming changes. Adding to the creation of the center, we plan to establish a net of CLIMAMENTORS, primarily made of professionals from the fields of environment protection, rural development individuals and organizations. The members would operate as perspective changers in the region. The centers operational area covers currently the whole area of Hungary, primarily but not exclusively the South-Transdanubian region.
Planned activities
-    study tours (To NO and to HU)
-    adaptation and strategic study based on the study tour and other professional cooperation: the adaptation of Norwegian models, the development plan of transforming Ecological Center  into a CLIMAMENTOR center based on NO models and patterns
-    cooperation agreements for the creation and development of the CLIMAMENTOR center, creating basis for further cooperation
-    common workshop for the exchange of good practices and experiences
-    Strategic agreement to foster long term cooperation between the two partners