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New initiatives to help boost LIFE programme participation

The European Commission has decided to fund capacity building activities in 14 Member States to increase their participation in the EU's LIFE programme supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects.

Member States with a relatively low share of successful applicants to the LIFE programme will receive up to €1 million for capacity building activities. The grant will allow them to carry out a set of actions such as hiring additional staff for LIFE national or regional contact points, organising training sessions for potential applicants, creating a network of potential applicants, exchanging best practises among Member States or running targeted communication campaigns.

 Download the full list of initiatives per Member State.


Indicative planning for the LIFE call 2017

The 2017 LIFE Call is provisionally planned to be published on the 28 April 2017. Please find below an indicative timetable for the call:


Project type

priority objective



Traditional projects

Climate Action ( LIFE Climate Change Mitigation; LIFE Climate Change Adaptation; LIFE Climate Governance and Information)



Environment (ENV - Environment and Resource Efficiency)



Environment (NAT - Nature and Biodiversity)



Environment (GIE - Environmental Governance and Information)



Preparatory Projects




Integrated Projects first phase

Environment; Climate Action



Integrated Projects second phase

Environment; Climate Action

Mid-March 18




LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary - study visit in Italy of the Hungarian LIFE Climate Team

Meetings with the Italian LIFE NCP and several Italian LIFE projects’ representatives ( 26th - 30th September 2016)".

The newly established LIFE Climate Team of the Hungarian Ministry of National Development, within the framework of the “LIFE Capacity Building Project in Hungary (LIFE14 CAP/HU/00010 – LIFECAPHUN)”, participated in a study trip across Italy between 26th and 30th September 2016, in order to meet the beneficiaries of 9 Italian LIFE projects and to visit some of the project sites, as well.

According to Article 18 of the LIFE Regulation, some EU Member states (such as Hungary) and LIFE NCPs have in fact the possibility to apply for grants in order to implement activities to develop capacities for a more efficient participation in the LIFE programme. The Capacity Building Projects may include the exchange of experiences and best practices with the Member states (such as Spain and Italy) which have a high rate of successful LIFE project proposals.

The Hungarian LIFE Climate Team selected for its study visit the following Italian  LIFE projects representing the most relevant topics concerning the needs and interests of the Hungarian applicants:LIFE ManFor C.BD, LIFE FoResMit, LIFE AGRICARE, LIFE WSTORE2, LIFE HEROTILE, LIFE IRIS, LIFE PRIMES, LIFE Climate ChangE-R and LIFE Helpsoil.

The Italian LIFE NCP welcomed the Hungarian initiative and participated actively in the organisation of the study visit. Furthermore, on the 26th September the Italian LIFE NCP staff, during  a joint meeting in Rome (at the Headquarters of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea), explained to Hungarian colleagues the several activities carried out in terms of supporting Italian LIFE applicants and beneficiaries.

Some members of the Italian LIFE NCP team also accompanied the Hungarian delegation during its study visit in Florence (Monte Morello, Fonti dei Seppi - Sesto Fiorentino), Venice (Brussa di Caorle, “ValleVecchia” Farm), Ferrara, Bologna and Mantova (Gazzo di Bigarello - “ERSAF Carpaneta” Farm) between 27th  and 30th  September 2016.

Visiting the Danube Floodplain National Park

(11-12/10/2016 Nationalpark Donau-Auen, Austria)

In the framework of the ’Life in the Forest’ project (LIFEinFORESTS, LIFE13 INF/HU/001163) nearly 50 experts on forestry and nature conversation participated in a study tour, which was organised by the Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate.

The 20-year-old Danube-Auen National Park sets a high value on the presentation of the Danube River, which has a significant impact on the region, from the starting formation to the measures of water regulation. 

Achieving the goals of the ‘LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ project (LIFE14 CAP/HU/000010) the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture visited the event in order to gain experience and study Austrian best practices. 

Visiting ’the land of the thousand lakes’

The representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, within the framework of the ’LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ project, visited Finland between 23-29 October 2016 in order to gather some experience on the successful implementation of LIFE projects and share them with the potential applicants in Hungary. 

While organizing the study tour the main point was to be able to get as much information and as many results as possible that were encountered in the development and implementation of the projects, furthermore to identify proposals for problem solving. In the framework of further trainings in the capacity building project these practices will be shared with the domestic applicants being in the application process as well as with those willing to submit applications in the near future in the framework of further trainings in the capacity building project.


A working group has been set up to facilitate successful Hungarian LIFE applications. We wish to help you in regard to the following:

Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Agriculture



Phone: +36 1 795 4995






Phone: +36 1 896 3149


Ministry of National Development

Ministry of Innovation and Technology

Climate action


Phone: +36 1 896 3129


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Hungarian Development Centre



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