Programm Life+: 2007 – 2013 with the contribution of the Life financial Instrument of the European Union

The LIFE+ programme finances projects that contribute to the development and implementation of environmental policy and legislation. In particular, this programme facilitates the integration of environmental issues into other policies, and, more generally, it contributes to sustainable development. The LIFE+ programme replaces a number of financial instruments used for environmental policy such as the LIFE programme which preceded it.

Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE+). Link

As its name suggests the LIFE+ programme succeeds the LIFE programme launched in 1992. Like its predecessor LIFE+ co-finances environmental projects in the European Union (EU) and in certain third countries (EU candidate counties, EFTA countries that are members of the European Environmental Agency, and the Western Balkan countries that are part of the Stabilisation and Association Process). Either private or public bodies and institutions may submit projects for funding.

The three thematic components
The LIFE+ programme is divided into three thematic components:

  • LIFE+ “Nature and biodiversity”;
  • LIFE+ “Environment Policy & Governance”; and
  • LIFE+ “Information & Communication”.

The multi-annual strategic programme set out in Annex II to this Regulation details the priority areas of action.

Duration and budgetary resources
The financial framework for LIFE+ is 2 143 409 000 for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013.

Project selection
Each year, the Commission issues a call for proposals, taking into account the multi-annual strategic programme set out in Annex II and any national priorities it is aware of. The Commission decides which out of the submitted projects qualify for financial support under LIFE+ and regularly publishes the list of these projects.

Eligibility criteria
To qualify for funding, projects must:

  • be of Community interest by contributing to the development, implementation and updating of Community environmental policy and environmental legislation;
  • be technically and financially coherent and feasible and provide value for money;

satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
be best-practice or demonstration projects concerning the protection of wild birds or habitats; be innovative or demonstration projects at Community level concerning the objectives of environmental policy;
consist of awareness-raising and training campaigns on forest fire prevention;
relate to the broad-based, harmonised, comprehensive and long-term monitoring of forests and environmental interactions.