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Title: Commission proposal for a new LIFE Regulation (2014-2020) Presentation to Directors Meeting DK

Commission proposal for a new LIFE
Regulation (2014-2020) Presentation to Directors
Meeting DK
22 May 2012
Context The LIFE instrument
  • The only EU financial instrument specifically
    targeting the environment.
  • Since 1992, financed over 3100 projects
    contributing to over 2.7 billion to the
    protection of the environment.

  • Creation of two sub-programmes
  • LIFE sub-programme for Environment
  • LIFE sub-programme for Climate Action

Structure the sub-programme for Environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Focused on Natura2000 (in particular Integrated
    Projects to implement Prioritised Action
  • and the implementation of EU Biodiversity
    Strategy 2020
  • Best practice and demonstration for nature and
  • 50 of resources allocated to biodiversity
    projects under the sub-programme for Environment.

Structure the sub-programme for Environment
  • LIFE sub-programme for Environment three
    priority areas
  • Environment Resource Efficiency
  • Development, testing and demonstration of policy
    approaches, best practices and solutions to
    environmental problems
  • Shift focus towards implementation through
    Integrated Projects (waste, water, air)
  • Includes a specific objective in relation to
    Resource efficiency
  • Private sector oriented market-replication
    excluded (to be covered under Horizon 2020).

Structure the sub-programme for Environment
  • Environmental Governance Information
  • Supports information and awareness raising
    projects and activities and facilitates knowledge
  • Supports cooperation networks, and best practices
    for enforcement and compliance
  • Promotes better governance and supports
    environmental NGOs.

Integrated Project what is it?
  • IP are larger projects that shall
  • Implement plans, programmes or strategies
    required by EU environmental or climate
    legislation or pursuant to other acts or
    developed by MS authorities
  • Have a Larger scale, e.g., regional,
    multiregional, national
  • Be primarily in the areas of nature, water,
    waste, air, climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Involve, where appropriate, stakeholders (NGOs,
    private sector, farmers, water companies,
    transport companies, etc.)
  • Promote, when possible, the coordination with and
    mobilisation of other EU funds

Examples IP - Nature
  • A Region develops a Regional Programme for
    Natura2000 covering all 100 sites under its
  • It identifies a range of management and
    conservation activities.
  • The region then identifies the financial needs
    for the implementation of these activities and
    submits a proposal for a LIFE Integrated Project.
  • This project clearly specifies the activities or
    group of activities among those included in the
    programme that will be financed by LIFE
  • e.g. the restoration and connectivity activities,
    capacity building, awareness raising.
  • In addition, it may present evidence on how it
    will use other funds (EARDF, ERDF, private) to
    implement the complementary measures
  • compensation payments, correction of power lines,
    infrastructure etc.

Ensuring success of Integrated Projects
  • At EU level
  • Ensure better link and coordination with other EU
    Funds - Common Strategic Framework
  • Simplify selection process for IP the 2-step
  • Simplify reporting obligations for IP
  • Active dissemination of examples and good
    practices by LIFE and in the specific working
    groups and committees for the sectors concerned
  • Technical assistance for MS facing problems to
    prepare an IP
  • For Natura2000 LIFE is already financing
    Prioritised Action Frameworks (PAFs) that will
    serve as a basis for IP.

Multi Annual Work Programmes
  • Shift from a pure bottom-up approach to a
    flexible top-down approach
  • Prepared by the Commission in consultation with
    the MS.
  • These will cover e.g., priorities, allocation of
    resources between interventions, and targets for
    the period not exhaustive. Closer links to EU
    policy priorities and possibility to create
    critical mass in specific areas.
  • They set priorities for at least 2 years ensuring
    stability for potential applicants.
  • Priorities are not exhaustive a proposal may be
    submitted if it falls within the priority areas
    included in the Regulation.
  • Limitation Integrated Projects primarily in
    areas referred to by the Regulation.

Territorial Scope
  • Possible participation of Third Countries (as per
    current LIFE).
  • Possible co-operation with International
    Organisations (e.g., international studies such
    as TEEB).
  • Activities outside the Union possible in
    exceptional cases
  • Action outside the EU is indispensable to achieve
    EU environmental/climate objectives or
  • To ensure the effectiveness of interventions
    carried out in the MS and
  • The coordinating beneficiary is based in the EU.

Simplification and complementarity
  • Most problematic categories of cost for
    beneficiaries to be considered ineligible (VAT,
    permanent staff costs).
  • To compensate for the loss of these categories,
    there is an increase in the co-financing rate
    (from 50 to 70 - to 80 for IPs).

A budget for achieving LIFE objectives
  • 3.6 billion for 2014-2020 (only 0.3 of EU
  • 2.7 billion for the sub-programme for
  • 0.9 billion for the sub-programme for Climate
  • The budget has been calculated in a bottom-up
    manner as the minimum to achieve objectives and

National allocations 2007-2010 did they work?
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