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EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

Brussels, 01 June 2018

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action.

The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the largest proportional increase, with a budget of €5.45 billion between 2021 and 2027. The Commission has integrated climate action into all major EU spending programmes, in particular cohesion policy, regional development, energy, transport, research and innovation, the Common Agricultural Policy as well as the EU's development policy, making the EU budget a driver of sustainability. To implement the Paris Agreement and the commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Commission proposes to raise the level of ambition for climate financing across all EU programmes, with at least 25% of EU expenditure contributing to climate objectives.

Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella said: "The EU is a global leader for environmental protection and climate action; where we spend our money should reflect this. With more funding, we can strengthen our LIFE programme to ensure that it can effectively contribute to protecting our environment and speeding up the transition to a clean, energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient economy – a priority of the Juncker Commission."

Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete added: "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."

The main features of the new LIFE programme are:

  • An increased focus on clean energy: One of the main aims of the new LIFE programme is to stimulate investment and support activities focused on energy efficiency, especially in European regions lagging behind in the transition towards clean energy;
  • An increased focus on nature and biodiversity: The new LIFE programme will support projects that promote best practices in relation to nature and biodiversity, as well as new, dedicated 'Strategic Nature Projects' for all Member States to help mainstream nature and biodiversity policy objectives into other policies and financing programmes, such as agriculture and rural development, ensuring a more coherent approach across sectors;
  • Continued support of the circular economy and climate change mitigation: The new programme will continue to supportimportant EU policy objectives such as the transition to a circular economy, protecting and improving the quality of the EU's air and water, implementing the 2030 energy and climate policy framework and meeting the Union's commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change;
  • A simple and flexible approach: The new programme has been designed to be simpler, more flexible and to facilitate a broader geographical access. It will focus on developing and implementing innovative ways to respond to environment and climate challenges. It will also ensure sufficient flexibility to address new and critical priorities as they emerge during the programme's duration.

Next Steps

A swift agreement on the overall long-term EU budget and its sectoral proposals is essential to ensure that EU funds start delivering results on the ground as soon as possible.

Delays similar to the ones experienced at the beginning of the current 2014-2020 budgetary period would mean that projects will not be able to start on time; that cities and regions will not receive the necessary funding to improve the quality of air and water for their citizens, to treat their waste properly or to address climate change and its impacts.

An agreement on the next long-term budget in 2019 would provide for a seamless transition between the current long-term budget (2014-2020) and the new one and would ensure predictability and continuity of funding to the benefit of all.

Background

Launched in 1992, the LIFE Programme is one of the spearheads of EU environmental and climate funding. It has financed over 4,500 projects, contributing €5.9 billion to environment protection and climate action. The present LIFE programme started in 2014 and runs until 2020, with a budget of €3.5 billion.

LIFE has played a significant role in the implementation of major EU environmental legislation including the Habitats and Birds Directives. The proposal for the new programme for 2021-2027 builds upon the results of the mid-term evaluation of the present programme as well as an impact assessment.

 

Reference: IP/18/4002 Date of issue: 01/06/2018

Member States to benefit from over €222 million investments for environment, nature and climate action

Brussels, 28 September 2017

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to more sustainable and low-carbon future under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

The EU funding will mobilise additional investments leading to a total of €379 million going towards 139 new projects in 20 Member States.

Reference: IP-17-3429 Date of issue: 28/09/2017

Commission invests over €220 million in green and low-carbon projects in Member States

A LIFE-line for 144 innovative projects investing for a better environment and climate action.

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222.7 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding will spur additional investments leading to a total of €398.6 million to be invested into 144 new projects in 23 Member States.

Reference: IP-16-3482 Date of issue: 03/10/2016

Commission announces winners of the 2015 LIFE Best Awards

The European Commission announced the winners of the LIFE Best Awards for 2015. The awards recognise the most effective and inspiring LIFE projects in the field of nature protection and environment, which, if applied widely, would have a highly positive impact on the environment, boosting economic growth and providing significant benefits for European citizens.

 

LIFE Capacity Building

The European Commission has decided to fund capacity building activities in 14 Member States to increase their participation in the EU's LIFE programme supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects.

 

LIFE Integrated Projects

Commission invests € 63.8 million in new environmental projects across Member States

Reference: IP/16/150 Date of issue 26/01/2016

LIFE Environment 2015

European Commission invests € 160.6 million in 96 new environment projects
Reference: IP/15/6081 Date of issue 20/11/2015

LIFE Climate Action 2014

LIFE Climate Action: €44 million available under first call for climate action projects
Reference: IP-14-691 Date of issue: 18/06/2014

LIFE Environment 2014

Environment: €239 million available in 2014 for project proposals
Reference: IP/14/722 Date of issue 25/06/2014

LIFE+

LIFE+ 2013: European Commission provides €282.6 million for 225 new environment and climate projects
Reference: IP/14/486 Date: 30/04/2014

LIFE+

LIFE+ 2012: European Commission provides €281.4 million for 248 new environment projects
Reference: IP/13/643 Date: 03/07/2013

LIFE+ 2011: European Commission provides €268.4 million for 202 new environment projects
Reference: IP/12/812 Date: 20/07/2012

View: LIFE+ projects 2011
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Download: Brief description of LIFE+ projects 2011 (full list in EN)
Download: Brief description by language for the corresponding countries
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LIFE+

LIFE+ 2010: Commission approves €244 million for 183 new environmental projects
Reference: IP/11/902 Date: 19/07/2011

View: LIFE+ projects 2010
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Download: Brief description of LIFE+ projects 2010 (full list in EN)
Download: Brief description by language:
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LIFE+ 2010: Commission to provide €267 million for new environmental projects
Reference: IP/11/240 Date: 01/03/2011

View: LIFE+ projects 2010
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LIFE+ 2009: Commission approves €250 million for more than 200 new LIFE+ projects
Reference: IP/10/1002 Date: 23/07/2010

View: LIFE+ projects 2009
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LIFE+ 2008: Commission approves €207 million for nearly 200 new LIFE+ projects
Reference: IP/09/1646 Date: 29/10/2009

View: LIFE+ projects 2008
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LIFE+ 2007: Commission approves €186 million for 143 new LIFE+ projects
IP/08/1588 Date: 27/10/2008

View: LIFE+ projects 2007
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More information on the LIFE+ projects approved can be found here.

LIFE III

LIFE-Environment 2006: Commission funds 50 innovation projects in 14 countries with €66 million
IP/06/1430 Date: 19/10/2006

LIFE-Nature 2006: Commission funds 61 nature conservation projects in 20 countries with over €70 million
IP/06/1428 Date: 19/10/2006

Download: LIFE-Nature 2006
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LIFE-Third Countries 2006: Commission grants €6.5 million to 16 environment projects in neighbouring countries
IP/06/1429 Date: 19/10/2006

LIFE-Environment 2005: Commission supports 89 innovation projects in 17 countries with €71 million
IP/05/1157 Date: 19/09/2005

Download: LIFE-Environment 2005
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LIFE-Nature 2005: Commission provides €69 million to 54 nature conservation projects in 20 countries
IP/05/1155 Date: 19/09/2005

Download: LIFE-Nature 2005
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LIFE-Third Countries 2005: Commission funds environment projects in third countries with more than €6 million
IP/05/1156 Date: 19/09/2005

LIFE Environment 2004: Commission supports 109 environmental innovation projects with €76 million
IP/04/1087 Date: 09/09/2004

LIFE-Nature 2004: Commission funds 77 nature conservation projects with €76 million
IP/04/1088 Date: 09/09/2004

LIFE-Third Countries 2004: Commission funds environment projects in third countries with close to €8 million
IP/04/1089 Date: 09/09/2004

LIFE-Environment: 104 environmental innovation projects share €69 million of Commission funding
IP/03/1200 Date: 05/09/2003

LIFE-Nature: Commission grants €71 million for 77 new nature conservation projects
IP/03/1202 Date: 05/09/2003

Download: LIFE-Nature 2003

LIFE-Third Countries: Commission funds 17 environment projects in Third Countries
IP/03/1201 Date: 05/09/2003

LIFE-Environment: Commission grants €69 million for 109 environmental innovation projects
IP/02/1235 Date: 30/08/2002

Commission approves €72 million funding for 70 new conservation projects
IP/02/1011 Date: 08/07/2002

Commission funds 16 environment projects in Third Countries
IP/02/1364 Date: 25/09/2002

Five Candidate Countries receive €3.43 million LIFE funding for innovative environmental projects
IP/01/1782 Date: 10/12/2001

LIFE-Environment: 103 projects in the EU share €59 million to boost environmental innovation
IP/01/1234 Date: 31/08/2001

Go-ahead for 94 nature conservation projects worth €80 million
IP/01/1037 Date: 19/07/2001

Download: LIFE-Nature 2001

LIFE+ 2007: Commission approves €186 million for 143 new LIFE+ projects
IP/08/1588 Date: 27/10/2008

View: LIFE+ projects 2007
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More information on the LIFE+ projects approved can be found here.

LIFE III

LIFE-Environment 2006: Commission funds 50 innovation projects in 14 countries with €66 million
IP/06/1430 Date: 19/10/2006

LIFE-Nature 2006: Commission funds 61 nature conservation projects in 20 countries with over €70 million
IP/06/1428 Date: 19/10/2006

Download: LIFE-Nature 2006
deelfr 

LIFE-Third Countries 2006: Commission grants €6.5 million to 16 environment projects in neighbouring countries
IP/06/1429 Date: 19/10/2006

LIFE-Environment 2005: Commission supports 89 innovation projects in 17 countries with €71 million
IP/05/1157 Date: 19/09/2005

Download: LIFE-Environment 2005
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LIFE-Nature 2005: Commission provides €69 million to 54 nature conservation projects in 20 countries
IP/05/1155 Date: 19/09/2005

Download: LIFE-Nature 2005
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LIFE-Third Countries 2005: Commission funds environment projects in third countries with more than €6 million
IP/05/1156 Date: 19/09/2005

LIFE Environment 2004: Commission supports 109 environmental innovation projects with €76 million
IP/04/1087 Date: 09/09/2004

LIFE-Nature 2004: Commission funds 77 nature conservation projects with €76 million
IP/04/1088 Date: 09/09/2004

LIFE-Third Countries 2004: Commission funds environment projects in third countries with close to €8 million
IP/04/1089 Date: 09/09/2004

LIFE-Environment: 104 environmental innovation projects share €69 million of Commission funding
IP/03/1200 Date: 05/09/2003

LIFE-Nature: Commission grants €71 million for 77 new nature conservation projects
IP/03/1202 Date: 05/09/2003

Download: LIFE-Nature 2003

LIFE-Third Countries: Commission funds 17 environment projects in Third Countries
IP/03/1201 Date: 05/09/2003

LIFE-Environment: Commission grants €69 million for 109 environmental innovation projects
IP/02/1235 Date: 30/08/2002

Commission approves €72 million funding for 70 new conservation projects
IP/02/1011 Date: 08/07/2002

Commission funds 16 environment projects in Third Countries
IP/02/1364 Date: 25/09/2002

Five Candidate Countries receive €3.43 million LIFE funding for innovative environmental projects
IP/01/1782 Date: 10/12/2001

LIFE-Environment: 103 projects in the EU share €59 million to boost environmental innovation
IP/01/1234 Date: 31/08/2001

Go-ahead for 94 nature conservation projects worth €80 million
IP/01/1037 Date: 19/07/2001

Download: LIFE-Nature 2001

 

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