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LIFE+ 2011: European Commission provides €268.4 Million for 202 new environment projects. 2012-08-23 - No Comments

Life+ is the European financial instrument for the environment. It has a total budget of €2.143 billion for the period 2007-2013. The European Commission launches one call for LIFE+ project proposal per year. The projects have to cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, climate change and information and communication on environmental issues. This year, the Commission received 1078 applications from the 27 EU Member States. The LIFE+ programme will co-fund 202 projects, providing €268.4 million:


- LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity: the Commission selected 76 projects of the 268 proposals received, where the EU will provide €136 million: The Life+ Programme put a special emphasis on this theme, allocating more than 50% of the overall budget to measures aimed at the improvement of the conservation status of endangered species and habitats. 71 of the projects are specifically focused on Nature and contribute to the implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directives and Natura 2000.

 
-LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance: of the 607 proposals received, the Commission selected 113 projects, representing a total investment of € 258.4 million, of which the EU will provide €124.4 million. This year, 23 projects are directly focused on climate change and many other projects are focused on other issues related to the indirect impact on greenhouse emissions. Another important area is waste, where 29 projects had been selected and water with 19 projects.


-LIFE+ Information and Communication:  in this category, the Commission received 203 proposals and 13 were selected. The total investment will be €16.2 million, of which the EU will provide €7.2 million. The aim of the projects selected is to disseminate information and raise the profile issues as well as provide training and awareness-raising for the prevention of forest fires.


Budget allocation by countries:
Austria (1project - 0.8million), Belgium (8 projects – 44.5million), Bulgaria (3 projects – 3.7 million), Cyprus (2 projects – 2.3 million), Czech Republic (2 projects – 12.1 million), Denmark (4 projects – 9.0 million), Germany (11 projects-  44.5 million), Spain (47 projects – 95.2 million), Finland (4 projects – 7.8 million), France (14 projects – 40.1 million), Greece (8 projects – 13.7 million), Hungary (2 projects – 13.6 million), Ireland (1 project – 2.2 million), Italy (40 projects – 75.7 million), Latvia (2 projects – 2.9 million), Luxembourg (4 projects – 19.8 million), Malta (1 project – 1.0 million), The Netherlands (7 projects- 21.1 million), Poland (16 projects – 39.3 million), Portugal (1 project – 1.2 million), Romania (4 projects – 9.7 million), Slovakia (3 projects – 4.4 million), Slovenia (2 projects – 6.1 million), Sweden (7 projects – 26. 6 million), United Kingdom (8 projects – 20.5 million)


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