Innovations in the field of environmental protection, maritime economy and technologies that improve the quality of life, e.g. in the field of medicine – Polish companies are already implementing such projects in partnership with Norwegians under the Norwegian Funds. Their main goal is also to stimulate cooperation between companies from Poland and Norway. The local market offers Polish entrepreneurs attractive opportunities, but it is also difficult – due to its small size and high competitiveness. To make it easier to start, PARP organizes a series of meetings and conferences that allow domestic companies to find a Norwegian partner for the implementation of joint business ventures. The next such event will be held on October 21 this year.
“Poland and Norway have close economic relations. Despite the Baltic Sea separating them, these countries are geographically close to each other. Norway, although a small country with only 5 million inhabitants, is in the top ten of the most important economic partners of Poland. Norway is also in the European Economic Area, which makes it much easier to trade. Its value reaches about $ 3 billion. annually. We are talking about exports from Poland to Norway, as well as importing products and goods from Norway”, says the Newseria Biznes agency Konrad Konieczny, Program Officer at Innovation Norway.
Norway is not a member of the EU. However, thanks to its membership in the EEA, access to the local market is easier for Polish companies. The Norwegian Funds also contribute to this, i.e. a special financial mechanism that can be used by Polish micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
“This financial mechanism allows – precisely by building partnerships with Norwegian companies – to obtain financing for their projects and enter the local market” – says Konrad Konieczny.