The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
LIFE + co-finances actions in favor of the environment in the European Union (EU) and in some Third Countries (Candidate countries for EU accession, EFTA counties – European Free Trade Association – Members of European Environmental Agency, Western Balkans Countries interested by the stabilization and association process)
LIFE+ consists of three components:
The funded projects may be proposed by operators, organizations or public and private institutions, in particular:
– National, regional and local authorities;
– Specialized bodies provided for by EU legislation;
– International organizations, for actions in Member States and associated countries:
The current phase of the programme LIFE+, run from 2007-2013, has a budget of €2.143 billion.
The maximum percentage of the EU financial support is equal to 50 % of eligible costs.
However, for the projects aimed to the protection of habitats or wildlife conservation of “Birds” and “Habitat” directives, LIFE + may fund up to 75 % of these costs. At least 50 % of the allocated funds for concrete interventions in the projects are assigned to the nature and biodiversity protection. On the other hand, at least 15 % of funds are assigned to transnational projects.
Managing Authority: European Commission – DG Environment
Italian National Authority: Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea – Direction for the Environmental Research and Development