Life Programme

On 31 May 2017, the European Commission is holding an event dedicated to the LIFE Programme. This event will discuss funding opportunities for the organisation in 2017 and give information about the project. The event will take place from 10:00-16:00 in Brussels and registration is first come, first serve. Representatives of businesses are all welcome to join, as well as from NGOs, industry, and local and regional authorities. There will be opportunities to meet European Commission specialists and discuss implementations.

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.

The European Commission has announced the approval of 96 environment projects and 26 climate action projects that will receive €197.35 million cofinancing from the LIFE programme, the EU’s main funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The environment projects will be implemented in 21 Member States, representing a total investment of €264.8 million.

During the European Week of Waste Reduction Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik called for a revolution in European waste management. The ambition of the Commission is to accelerate a move up the waste hierarchy, Potočnik told an audience at the WRAP annual conference.

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 – will be debated and put to a vote on Thursday. As agreed with EU ministers, its budget will increase to €3.1 billion (from €2.2 billion currently) to tackle new tasks and challenges, mainly in the climate action and resource efficiency fields.

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik was at the headquarters of the European Investment Bank to discuss resource efficiency, green infrastructure and eco-innovation with EIB's President Werner Hoyer on the 18th June. Commissioner Potočnik underlined the crucial role of the Bank in financing resource efficiency, green technologies and the development of innovative financial instruments to support the environment. Water was though the main priority when the two met.

New funding opportunities for 2013 have been released including;

Eurostars Eureka: Aims to stimulate SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.

On Friday 8th February, European heads of state and government reached a deal on the EU budget for the period 2014-20. The total budget of €960bn (€908bn in actual payment obligations) represents a 3% reduction from the last 7 year deal and is the first time in EU’s history there has been a real-term cut in budget.