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LIFE: General Guidelines
Development and implementation of EU environmental policy
Regulation (EC) No. 1655/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE), OJ No L 192, 28.07.2000.
The purpose of the Financial Instrument LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of Community environmental policy and of environmental legislation, in particular as regards the integration of the environment into other policies, and to sustainable development in the Community.
The programme aims at co-financing actions in three areas:
LIFE-Nature and LIFE-Environment are open to all natural and legal persons residing or established in the countries of the European Union and candidate countries for the accession of Central and Eastern Europe which have concluded Association Agreements with the European Community. The Candidate countries are: Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic.
LIFE-Third Countries is open to persons or companies of whatever legal status residing or established in countries bordering on the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea, other than the Central and East European countries which have concluded Association Agreements. The eligible countries/territories are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the West Bank and Gaza and, the Baltic shoreline of Russia (Kaliningrad and St Petersburg regions).
LIFE-Third Countries is primarily addressed at administrations by virtue of the fact that it is intended to complement the efforts of national administrations in defining environmental policies and action programmes.
The deadline for submitting LIFE-Nature and LIFE-Third Countries projects to the Commission via the National authorities is 31 October 2000, whereas the provisional deadline for LIFE-Environment projects is 30 November 2000. The Commission shall decide the date for forwarding proposals annually.
The duration for the third phase of LIFE shall be for a period of 5 years until 31 December 2004.
Refer to fact sheets.
Nature and Amount of financial support
The Commission has adopted a budget of EUR 640m for the next five years (2000-2004). Of the proposed budget, 47% will go towards LIFE-Nature projects, 47% towards LIFE-Environment projects and 6% has been earmarked for LIFE-Third Countries’ activities.
Maximum rates of support
Financial assistance shall be provided by co-financing of projects and accompanying measures and is subject to the following limits:
Refer to fact sheets.