The European Parliament approves LIFE programme

November 22, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-11-22

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


The next LIFE programme – the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and climate action projects carried out by public or private bodies in 2014-2020 – was approved by Parliament. As agreed with EU ministers, its budget will increase to 3.1 billion euro (from 2.2 billion euro currently) to tackle new tasks and challenges, mainly in the climate action and resource efficiency fields.


Parliament voted by 568 votes to 20, with 21 abstentions, to approve the agreement negotiated with EU ministers.

Projects to be selected on demonstration potential

In the next LIFE programme, projects will be selected for funding solely on the basis of their quality and demonstration potential – a more transparent method than the current national allocations whereby a share of funds is indicatively attributed to each member state. Instead, capacity-building measures have been introduced to help countries and regions with a low selection rate of projects to achieve higher project quality. 
Integrated projects.

MEPs also negotiated and voted in favour of “integrated projects”, which will allow various EU funds to be invested jointly to tackle the key challenges of applying legislation in water, waste, air quality and nature protection fields. These projects offer an opportunity to build environment and climate policy concerns and solutions into other policies.

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