EPA is a consortium of six foundations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia supporting community based projects whose goal is to protect the environment and support local communities and society. Over 20 years of its existence, the EPA has supported by foundation contributions more than 10 million Euros in total. EPA Consortium operates on the basis of a Consortium Agreement between independent, self-governing, and non-for-profit national foundations. The EPA secretariat is an independent legal entity founded under Czech law and governed by a Board of Directors. Currently, thera are some 140 full time and part time staff members working in six offices in five countries and over 50 advisors and board members servis national foundations and regional association. We are proffesional administrators of crucial financial mechanisms for funding NGO activities in 5 CEE EU countries for the governments of Norway and the Swiss Confederation. EPA initiated the European Tree of the Year – a contest of the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can bring the community together. EPA is a member of the European Cyclists' Federation and European Greenways Association and coordinates the European cycle route network EuroVelo on the national level in Central European countries. EPA also certifies facilities and services for cyclists with certification Cyclists welcome (Czech, Slovak). EPA implements its own projects and is also a partner of European projects supported by the EC financial instruments – for example INTERREG, Europa Aid, Grundtwig and national structural funds. EPA provides professional counseling for NGOs and small municipalities on effective use of the EC funds on national level.
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