(30 April 2014) – The European Commission has today approved funding for 225 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union’s environment fund. Overall, they represent a total investment of some €589.3 million, of which the EU will provide €282.6 million.
The projects selected were submitted by beneficiaries in all 28 Member States and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues across the EU.
The Commission received 1 468 applications in response to its latest call for proposals, which closed in June 2013. Of these, 225 were selected for co-funding through the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity (92 projects), LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (125) and LIFE+ Information and Communication (8).
The LIFE programme will continue from 2014-2020 under the new LIFE Regulation for Environment and Climate Action. The programme has a total budget for the period of €3.4 billion in December 2013 prices, and will have a sub-programme for environment and a sub-programme for climate action.