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LIFE UNIT TEAM

 

 LIFE National Contact Point
 
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 Mekonen Birhane Mekonen
      Research Officer
 
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LIFE 2014-2020

       
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.
 

 
 
The LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 was published in the Official Journal L 347/185 of 20 December 2013. The Regulation establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices.
 

 
 
The LIFE programme will contribute to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme and other relevant EU environment and climate strategies and plans.
 

 
 
The LIFE Programme shall in particular have the following general objectives:
 
  • to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, lowcarbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of the Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;
  • to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;
  • to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors; to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

 
The general objectives shall be pursued through the following sub-programmes:
  • the sub-programme for Environment;
  • the sub-programme for Climate Action.

 
The Environment sub-programme has three priority areas:
  • The Environment and Resource Efficiency priority area will develop, test and demonstrate approaches, best practices, solutions and integrated approaches to environmental challenges, as well as improving the related knowledge base.
  • The Nature and Biodiversity priority area will develop, test and demonstrate best practices, solutions and integrated approaches to contribute to the development and implementation of nature and biodiversity policy and legislation, as well as improving the related knowledge base.
  • The Environmental Governance and Information priority area will promote awareness-raising on environmental matters, support the communication, management and dissemination of environmental information, and promote better environmental governance by broadening stakeholder involvement.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
The Climate Action sub-programme has three priority areas: 
  • The Climate Change Mitigation priority area will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, notably by contributing to the implementation and development of related policy and legislation, improving the knowledge base, developing integrated approaches, and developing and demonstrating innovative technologies, systems, methods and instruments. 
  • The Climate Change Adaptation priority area will support efforts to increase resilience to climate change, notably by contributing to the implementation and development of related policy and legislation, improving the knowledge base, developing integrated approaches, and developing and demonstrating innovative technologies, systems, methods and instruments. 
  • The Climate Governance and Information priority area will promote awareness-raising on climate matters, support the communication, management and dissemination of climate information, promote more effective compliance with climate legislation and promote better climate governance by broadening stakeholder involvement.

 
 
 
Thematic priorities and project topics are not foreseen as part of action grants implemented under the sub-programme for Climate Action. However, in line with the general objective of the LIFE Regulation, i.e. to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union climate policy and legislation and to provide for the required EU added value, the implementation of action grants, will be linked with the three priority areas — climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation and climate governance and information — as well as with the specific objectives as specified by Article 14, 15 and 16 of the LIFE Regulation.

 


The LIFE budget for the period 2014-2020 is higher than ever before: €3.46 billion (€2,592.5 m for the Environment sub-programme and €864.2 m for the Climate Action sub-programme). 

 



 
 
 
 

 

 
 
In addition to the traditional LIFE projects, there are now four new types of projects (integrated, technical assistance, capacity-building, preparatory) and two financial instruments (Natural Capital Financing Facility, Private Financing for Energy Efficiency).

Who can take part in a LIFE project?

Any public or private body established in the EU may benefit from LIFE as a coordinating or associated beneficiary. It is possible to be a coordinating beneficiary if you are established outside the EU, but only if your country has established a specific agreement with the EU (see article 5 of the LIFE Regulation).

Legal entities outside the EU may only be associated beneficiaries if the coordinating beneficiary is based in the EU and the activities for which they are responsible taking place outside the EU are necessary to achieve EU environmental / climate objectives and to ensure the effectiveness of interventions carried out inside the EU (see article 6).

Where will the LIFE money go?

Of the €3.46 billion allocated to LIFE, €2.59 billion are for the Environment sub-programme, and €0.86 billion are for the Climate Action sub-programme. At least €2.8 billion (81% of the total budget) are earmarked for LIFE projects financed through action grants or innovative financial instruments.

About €0.7 billion will go to integrated projects. At least 55% of the budgetary resources allocated to projects supported through action grants under the sub-programme for Environment will be used for projects supporting the conservation of nature and biodiversity. A maximum of €0.62 billion will be used directly by DG Environment and DG Climate Action for policy development and operating grants.

The amounts available for projects for four years are fixed in the LIFE multi-annual work programme for 2014-2017.

Who manages LIFE?

The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE Programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE Programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). External selection, monitoring and communication teams provide assistance to the Commission and EASME. The European Investment Bank will manage the two new financial instruments (NCFF and PF4EE).


 




 

 

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