The LIFE program aims to provide support for EU’s environmental and climate action. It has funded over 4,500 projects, contributing €5.9 billion to environmental protection and climate action. The commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60 percent for LIFE, for its next long-term budget in 2021-2027.
The LIFE program is one of EU’s funding programs for which the commission is proposing the most massive proportional increase with a budget of €5.45 billion for 2021-2027. It was designed to be simpler and more flexible to facilitate broader geographical access.
The program aims to increase the focus on clean energy, nature, and biodiversity. It targets to support activities focused on energy efficiency and projects that promote best practices in the ecosystem and biodiversity. The new program will also continue to support important EU objectives such as the transition to a circular economy and climate change mitigation.
EU Commissioner for Environment, Karmena Vellu, says that the EU is a global leader for environmental protection and climate action, and where the commission spends funds to reflect on this.
While the proposal is on the work, the EU has brought climate action into the commission’s major funding programs such as cohesion policy, regional development, energy, transport, research and innovation, the Common Agricultural Policy, and the EU’s development policy, making the EU budget a driver of sustainability. The commission is committed to proposing to increase the level of ambition for climate and environment financing across all EU programs.
To ensure that EU funds start making changes as soon as possible, an immediate agreement on the overall long-term EU budget and its sectoral proposals is necessary. If the project is approved in 2019, a smooth transition between the current long-term budget (2014-2020) and the new one and would ensure uniformity and consistency of funding to the benefit of all.