The European Commission has overall responsibility for the LIFE programme, and up until 2013 carried out all the related management tasks. From 2014 onwards, the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) will progressively take over a large part of these management tasks. Both the Commission and EASME are assisted by an external monitoring and communication team. Within each Member State, there is a LIFE national contact point (NCPs). The European Investment Bank (EIB) manages the two new financial instruments.
DG Environment (DG ENV) has overall responsibility for the LIFE sub-programme for the environment, and is responsible for managing the 2014 call for proposals. DG ENV is responsible for managing the technical assistance, integrated and preparatory projects, as well as all ongoing projects financed by the 2013 call for proposals and previous calls (ie all ongoing LIFE III and LIFE+ projects). Within DG ENV, the LIFE Nature Unit (DG ENV E3) is responsible for LIFE projects related to nature and biodiversity, and the LIFE Environment Unit (DG ENV E4) is responsible for projects related to all other environmental policy areas (air, water, soil, waste, …) as well as NGO operating grants.
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DG Climate Action (DG CLIMA) has overall responsibility for the LIFE sub-programme for climate action.
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EASME, and in particular the LIFE and CIP Eco-innovation Unit (EASME B3) is responsible for managing the calls for proposals from 2015 onwards. It will manage the traditional projects (action grants) financed by the calls for proposals from 2014 onwards (ie LIFE Nature & Biodiversity, LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency, LIFE Environmental Governance & Information, LIFE Climate Change Mitigation, LIFE Climate Change Adaptation and LIFE Climate Governance & Information projects). It will also manage capacity building projects.
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The EIB manages the two new financial instruments on behalf of DG Environment and DG Climate Action, ie the "Natural Capital Financial Facility" under both LIFE sub-programmes and the "Private Financing for Energy Efficiency" under LIFE Climate Action.
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An external contractor provides monitoring and communication services to the Commission and EASME. The monitoring team closely monitors each ongoing LIFE project, and is the interface between the LIFE projects and the Commission/EASME. The communication team supports the Commission and EASME for all communication activities related to the LIFE programme and its projects (web-site, brochures, …).
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Each EU Member State has a LIFE National Contact Point that is responsible for the LIFE programme at national level. Amongst others, they provide assistance to applicants for LIFE projects.
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