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Grants for strengthening European environment policy and legislation, with a view to promoting sustainable development in the EU

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Grants for projects in the field of environment

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LIFE Environment is the first strand of LIFE, the new programme for the environment and climate action that replaces LIFE+ programme (2007-2013).

Priority areas

* Environment and Resource Efficiency
* Nature and Biodiversity
* Environmental Governance and ...

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Calls for projects / Calls for proposals

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Find here more information on official contact points and get the contact details of the programme officer. This will be useful to get further information on open calls for proposals.

Find all useful information about LIFE - (1.) ENVIRONMENT

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News related to LIFE - (1.) ENVIRONMENT

  • 01 June 2018
    New proposition of the Commission to increase the budget for environment and climate action
    The Commission proposes to increase the 2021-2027 EU budget by almost 60% for the LIFE programme, dedicated to the environment and climate action.

  • 16 May 2018
    The Member States' emission reduction targets for 2021 to 2030
    Binding annual greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for EU Member States from 2021 to 2030 has been formally adopted by the Council. The legislation is a major step in implementing the EU's climate goals.

  • 28 December 2017
    LIFE, an effective programme for the climate
    The mid-term report of the LIFE Programme, which covers 2014-2015 on a current 2014-2020 programming, concluded that this program was effective and relevant, while being complementary to the other policies and programs of the European Union (e.g. results of environmental and climate-related resea...

  • 20 February 2017
    LIFE programme’s role in creating green jobs and boosting sustainable economic growth across Europe
    The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

  • 08 October 2014
    LIfe +: Making business the key to sustainable water management
    While the history of Malta has been shaped by the sea, the future of this Mediterranean island may very well be determined by the sustainability of its freshwater supplies.

  • 18 June 2014
    2014 Call for LIFE Action Grants now open!
    The first call for action grants for the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action (2014-2020) is now open. For further information, application forms and guidance documents go directly to the call page.

  • 30 April 2014
    €282.6 million for selected new Life+ projects
    The Commission has approved 225 new projects for the Life+ programme (2007-2013), providing 282 million euro in cofinancing. The projects have been selected among 1 468 applications in response to the Life+ latest call for proposals, which closed in June 2013. Overall, the projects repr...

  • 23 April 2014
    LIFE: new financial instruments
    Two new financial instruments have been established under the 2014-17 work plan for the EU’s LIFE programme, published in the official journal on Thursday. LIFE funds EU environmental projects and programmes.

  • 24 March 2014
    LIFE multiannual work programme now available
    Featuring all relevant information for stakeholders interested in funding for energy transtion and envrionmentally friendly actions, from budget to indicative date for call for proposals, the new work programme also displays innovative financial instruments for actions and operating grants.


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