The proposed Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020is accompanied by a number of sector-specific proposals. The policy fiche on Climate Change outlines its mainstreaming into policies and funds for cohesion, energy, transport, research and innovation, agriculture, external relations, etc.
The Commission will adopt a Common Strategic Framework (CSF) for 5 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds):
There are two Structural Funds:
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a core policy area of the EU and pursues the objective to ensure a fair standard of living for farmers and to provide a stable and safe food supply at affordable prices for consumers. The CAP's budget is spent in 3 different ways:(1) income support for farmers (direct payments), (2) rural development and (3) market support. The first and third (Pillar I) are managed by the EU through the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF), whereas the second (Pillar II) is financed under shared management with the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and is therefore one of the 5 ESI funds.
Finally, climate change is further mainstreamed into Maritime and Fisheries policy:
Research and development on climate change adaptation is financed through Horizon 2020 , with 35% dedicated to climate-related research. The Council having approved a €63 billion budget for 2014-2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Over a third of its budget will be allocated to address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.
The LIFE programme contributes to improving the implementation of EU environment and climate policy and legislation. The proposal for a new LIFE instrument, covering the period 2014-2020, includes a sub-programme for Climate Action, with a proposed allocation of €904.5 for the period. Another major change will be "integrated projects" aiming to improve the implementation of climate policy on a larger territorial scale and to ensure coordinated mobilisation of other EU, national and private funds.
The sub-programme for Climate Action covers the following priority areas:
In the field of adaptation, LIFE will co-finance actions to support the development or implementation of national, regional and local adaptation strategies and lighthouse adaptation projects to address key cross-sectoral and cross-border projects, encouraging projects with a high innovation, demonstration, and transferability potential. Awareness raising on adaptation will also be promoted.
Climate adaptation is further mainstreamed into theEuropean Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), which responds to major natural disasters and expresses European solidarity to disaster-stricken regions within Europe.
ENER/B3/2016/503-535-594: Operation of the Covenant of Mayors Office — support service for the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
The deadline for the submission of tenders is: 11/07/2016