About project

Goals and ambitions of the project

The broader objective and ambition of our project is to defend the shrinking space of civil society that we have observed in Slovakia (and beyond) in recent years, as well as the promotion and reinforcement of human and civil rights, freedom of speech and artistic expression, democratic values.

We will address and question negative phenomena such as the growing support for the far-right movement of extremism, anti-Semitism, through a combination of artistic, cultural and educational activities (recording testimonies of witnesses, multi-genre exhibition and educational conference) conducted in Slovakia and Norway during the project period 2022-2024.

The project also includes a local partner The Museum of Holocaust in Sered, which is a renowned rememberance and educational institution, together with the ngo organsation EDAH, which is active in history education.

About financing the project

The project called HISTORY DEFINES OUR FUTURE is implemented within the framework of the programme “Entrepreneurship in the field of culture, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation” co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021 and the state budget of the Slovak Republic. The programme manager is the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic.

The project HISTORY DEFINES OUR FUTURE benefits from a 159 757 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 28 192 €.

The grants from EHP

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:

Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness

Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction

Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy

Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights

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%. If you want to know more about programmes and projects financed by the EEA Grants in Slovakia, visit www.eeagrants.sk.

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