„Combustion gas treatment unit with the modernisation of the Combined Heat and Power Plant II in Zakłady Chemiczne „Police” S.A.”
The aim of the Project is to ensure compliance of the CHP plant operation to the requirements of Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Union on industrial emissions - IED (integrated pollution prevention and control). As regards the material implementation of the Project consisting in the modernisation of the existing infrastructure of the Combined Heat and Power Plant II as well as the technical and technological adjustment of the facility to the emission standards, 3 basic tasks have been defined:
The implementation of the Project was co-financed in the form of a preferential loan with the support of the Voivodeship Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Szczecin.
The Project was also co-financed in the form of grants from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism under the PL04 Programme "Saving Energy and Promoting Renewable Energy Sources”. The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Warsaw plays the role of the Programme Operator.
The Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (that is, the EEA and Norway Grants) are a form of non-repayable foreign support granted by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to new EU Member States. These grants are related to Poland's accession to the European Union and Poland’s parallel accession to the European Economic Area (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). In exchange for financial assistance, the Donor States benefit from access to the internal market of the European Union (although they are not its member states). At present, the second issue of the EEA and Norway Grants is being implemented (2009 - 2014). The previous issue concerned the funding period of 2004-2009.
The main objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants are: to contribute to reducing economic and social disparities within the European Economic Area and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the Beneficiary state.
The recipients of the EEA and Norway Grants are a total of 16 EU States - that is 12 countries that joined the common market in 2004 and in 2007, as well as Spain, Portugal, Greece and Croatia.
The total amount of the second issue of the EEA and Norway Grants is EUR 1.798 billion. The allocation for Poland amounts to EUR 578.1 million, including the costs of grant management borne by the Donors and by the Polish side.
Under the EEA and Norway Grants, several Programmes (areas of support) were established. Under each Programme, grant assistance will be possible to obtain for projects of similar thematic areas.
The programmes included many areas from the first issue of the EEA and Norway Grants. First of all, environmental protection (including renewable energy), cultural heritage, health, scientific research and scholarships should be mentioned. There are also separate programmes regarding the Schengen area and internal affairs. Similarly to the first issue, a strong emphasis was placed on strengthening civil society. There were also completely new thematic areas, like decent work and tripartite dialogue, as well as cooperation of local governments in the area of regional development.
The institutions / organisations specialised in a given field, for example in the case of health - the Ministry of Health, are responsible for the implementation of each programme. These institutions act as the Programme Operators. In some Programmes, the Operators cooperate with entities from the Donor States.
(Source: Official website of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009 - 2014, http://www.eog.gov.pl)