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The Fourth LIFE Training on Environment

On 24 May 2018 the Fourth Training on Environment entitled "Preparing for the Environmental Project Concept" was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture. 

The purpose of the training was to provide a detailed overview of the professional, administrative and financial aspects of the LIFE environmental project concept to be submitted by 12 June.

Ms Judit NOVÁK and Ms Ágnes SZIJÁRTÓ, Environmental Coordinators of the Hungarian LIFE Team, presented the process of the submission procedure and the most important professional requirements.

One of the most significant innovations of the sub-programme for Climate Action is the introduction of a two-stage application system for the traditional projects from 2018 on.

Within this framework as a first step a brief, approx. a 10-page long concept note can be submitted until 12 June 2018 at 16.00.

The applicants will be informed about the result of the evaluation of the concept in October, in case of green light, the second step involves submitting a detailed application package (deadline: end of January 2019).

The project concept and the detailed application package will be submitted electronically (eProposal).

Our goal is to support the realisation of as many Hungarian projects as possible, therefore a so-called LIFE national own contribution fund (hereinafter: Fund) was created in 2017.

The amount of state co-financing that may be requested from the Fund can be up to 50% of the national own contribution rate.

Before submitting the project concept, the potential organisations applying for environmental protection in 2018 may submit their request for national own contribution support by sending the following documents to eszter.judit.novak@fm.gov.hu and agnes.szijarto@fm.gov.hu until 5 June 2018.

  • Template on request of national own contribution support is available here
  • Template on the 2 page long Summary of the Application package is available here
  • Template on preliminary project budget plan (year/€) is available here

The Italian LIFE AGROWETLANDS II project was introduced in the afternoon session of the training, and it was possible to get acquainted with the detailed professional background of the project.

The Italian project owners provided useful pieces of advice and suggestions for drafting successful applications to the Hungarian participants.

The project is based on the innovative management of the salinity of water and soil in agricultural areas, further information can be found on their website.

The invited presenter of the training was Mr Csaba VASZKÓ, an experienced advisor in drafting applications and project management, who presented the factors essential to drafting a successful application other than the mandatory requirements through a successful LIFE project.

Presentation on “How to make the project concept " by Ms Ágnes SZIJARTÓ

Presentation on “Environmental issues and policy goals” by Ms Judit NOVÁK

Presentation on “Successful project examples from Italy” by Ms Judit NOVÁK

Presentation on “Introduction of the LIFE AGROWETLANDS II project” by Ms Sara CIPOLLA

Presentation on “Introduction of the LIFE AGROWETLANDS II project” by Mr Ivan SGANDURRA

Presentation on “Success Factors” by Mr Csaba VASZKÓ

We wish you the best of success with application drafting!

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Nature conservation training according to the applicant's requirements

The first LIFE nature conservation training of the year to satisfy the potential applicant’s needs was organised on 20-21 February in Kecskemét and Lakitelek by the Department for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Agriculture. The event was attended by 50 participants.

The main purpose of the training, which was implemented under the project ’LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ (LIFE14 CAP/HU/000010), was to get acquainted with the LIFE programme supervised by the European Commission and, above all, to promote the submission of applications based on topics such as ’Nature and Biodiversity’ as part of the Environment sub-programme.

The agenda of the two-day training was compiled on the basis of the previously submitted needs assessment.

The potential applicants present at the event could get acquainted with the novelties of the 2018-2020 Multiannual Work Programme, including the two-stage application submission methodology and the new application selection criteria, the socio-economic and ecosystem services impact assessment methods of nature conservation projects; and experiences related to the design and implementation of former projects.

Several people have been given the opportunity to conduct individual consultations and have received many questions about the submission of an integrated nature conservation project.

Thank you to all participants who attended our training.

We wish you the best of success with application drafting!

Department for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Agriculture

The presentations are available on the following links:

Presentation on “LIFE Nature and Biodiversity - New Features of 2018-2020 Multiannual Work Programme” by Ms Veronika BOKOR

Presentation on “Evaluation aspects of LIFE Applications” by Mr András DEMETER

Presentation on “Impacts of LIFE projects on socio-economic and ecosystem services” by Ms Ágnes KALÓCZKAI

Presentation on “Lessons learned from LIFE Nature Conservation Applications” by Mr Zoltán VAJDA

Presentation on “LIFE applications, drafting application and implementation, experiences and advices” by Mr József FIDLÓCZKY

Presentation on “The Raprtorspreylife project, how it relates to previous LIFE projects and how further LIFE projects could be built on the results of the project” by Mr József FIDLÓCZKY

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Fourth LIFE Training on Nature Conservation

The second LIFE nature conservation training of the year was organized on 15 May 2018 by the Department for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Agriculture. The event was attended by 42 participants.

The main purpose of the Fourth LIFE Training on Nature Conservation, which was implemented under the project ’LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ (LIFE14 CAP/HU/ 000010), was to get acquainted with the LIFE programme supervised by the European Commission and, above all, to promote the submission of applications based on topics such as ’Nature and Biodiversity’ as part of the Environment sub-programme.

The potential applicants presented at the event heard about the experiences of the Italian study trip realized through the LIFE Capacity Building Project, they could get acquainted with the novelties of submitting traditional applications, and through some examples of successful Hungarian and Italian projects they could learn about application drafting and project implementation

Thank you to all participants who attended our training. 

The presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the following links.

Mr András DEMETER, LIFE Capacity Building Project Coordinator, (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Nature Conservation) presented the experiences of the Italian study trip reliazed under the LIFE Capacity Building Project.

Click here to download the presentation of András Demeter

Ms Veronika BOKOR, LIFE National Contact Point (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Nature Conservation), presented the funding opportunities of the traditional projects under the nature and biodiversity priority area with particular regard to its scheduling and priorities.

Click here to download the presentation of Veronika Bokor

Mr András BANKOVICS, Project Leader at Kiskunság National Park, shared his experience on drafting applications and project implementation (OTISHU - Conservation of Otis tarda in Hungary LIFE04 NAT/HU/000109; HUNDIDI - Conservation of the Pannon endemic Dianthus diutinus LIFE06 NAT/H/000104; LIFE sodic wetlands - Restoration of Pannonic sodic wetlands in the Kiskunság LIFE12 NAT/HU/001188)

Click here to download the presentation of András Bankovics

Ms Annette MERTENS, Italian Project Manager, shared her experience on drafting applications and project implementation through an Italian project.  (COEX - Improving coexistence of large carnivores and agriculture in S. Europe LIFE04 NAT/IT/000144; EX-TRA - Improving the conditions for large carnivore conservation - a transfer of best practices LIFE07 NAT/IT/000502; LIFE PRATERIE - Urgent actions for the conservation of meadows and pastures in the territory of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga LIFE11 NAT/IT/000234)

Click here to download the presentation of Annette Mertens

Ms Annette MERTENS, Italian Project Manager, shared her experience on drafting applications and project implementation, and gave some practical guidance as well.

Click here to download the presentation of Annette Mertens

Mr Tibor PARRAG, Head of Unit (Duna-Dráva National Park), shared their experience on the project implementation (LIFE Old-Drava - Transboundary cooperation for revitalization of riverine habitat complex in Drava region within Natura 2000 sites LIFE13 NAT/HU/000388).

Click here to download the presentation of Tibor Parrag

Mr Márton HORVÁTH, Project Leader (MME BirdLife Hungary), shared their experience on the project implementation (PannonEagle Life - Conservation of the eastern imperial eagle by decreasing human-caused mortality in the Pannonian Region LIFE15 NAT/HU000902.

Click here to download the presentation of Márton Horváth

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo gallery of our website.

Training on Drafting Application for the LIFE Programme 2018

The Training on Drafting Applications for the LIFE Programme 2018 was organized on 31 May 2018 in Dobogókő by the Hungarian Development Centre Non-profit Ltd (hereinafter: HDC).

In his opening speech Mr Antal KISS, Executive Director of the Hungarian Development Centre, highlighted that the Hungarian capacity-building project was considered the most successful by the European Commission in 2015, and he also reminded that the project was launched and submitted on the initiative of HDC by the consortium partners.

Ms Judit Eszter NOVÁK, National Contact Point (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Environmental Development and Strategy) and Mr András DEMETER, Project Assistant (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Nature Conservation), presented the evaluation aspects of the LIFE working programme.

Ms Barbara KOVÁCS, National Contact Point (Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Climate Policy Department) presented the evaluation and selection aspects of the programme.

Mr Márkó TAMÁSI, Financial Manager (Climate Policy Department, Ministry for Innovation and Technology), presented the most important financial aspects of the application.

After that Ms Malgorzata PIECHA, Project Officer (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, EASME), gave a presentation entitled “LIFE Project – How to Submit a Good Proposal?”.

Click here to download the presentation by Judit Eszter Novák

Click here to download the presentation by András Demeter

Click here to download the presentation by Barbara Kovács

Click here to download the presentation by Márkó Tamási

Click here to download the presentation by Malgorzata Piecha 

After lunch, Mr István LÁBODI, Managing Director of the European Consortium Regional Development Non-profit Ltd., gave a presentation on the challenges of project design and implementation through the example of three habitat conservation projects.

Mr Csaba VASZKÓ gave a presentation on the multi-purpose and transnationality.

Click here to download the presentation by Csaba Vaszkó

After that, discussions on the calls for proposals were discussed in an interactive form in three sections.

In the Q&A session the questions on the environmental protection were answered by Ms Ágnes SZIJÁRTÓ and Ms Judit Eszter NOVÁK; Mr András DEMETER responded to the nature conservation, while Ms Barbara KOVÁCS replied for the climate-policy related ones.

Ms Noémi NYITRAI (former Financial Manager of HDC) and Mr Márkó TAMÁSI answered the financial questions.

Clich here to download the summary of the Q&A session

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

LIFE Info Day 2018

The LIFE Info Day 2018 was organized on 10 May 2018 in Dobogókő by the Hungarian Development Centre Non-profit Ltd (hereinafter: HDC).

Mr Antal KISS, Executive Director of Hungarian Development Centre, welcomed the audience.

As in her opening speech Ms Barbara BOTOS, Head of Climate Policy Department (Ministry of National Development), highlighted that the consortium members of LIFE Capacity Building project have been giving efficient support to the potential applicants to be successful at union level competition. Challenges should also be mentioned beside success: namely the fact that not all the applicants will succeed. Nevertheless, they can learn from their failures and this is particularly true to project proposals, since the lessons learnt from the evaluation sheets will be useful for submitting further applications. She drew the audience attention on the budget of LIFE programme will be available to applicants for one and a half times after 2020.

Ms Szilvia NAGY, Deputy Director at HDC, announced that the 2018 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants is available in Hungarian as well on our website (http://www.lifepalyazatok.eu) under the "APPLICATIONS" menu item.

Ms Veronika BOKOR, LIFE Nature National Contact Point (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Nature Conservation) presented the funding opportunities of the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity priority area under the sub-programme for Environment.

Click here to download the presentation by Veronika Bokor.

Ms Eszter Judit NOVÁK, National Contact Point, (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Environmental Development and Strategy) presented 2018 Calls for proposals for LIFE Grants addressing environmental issues.

Click here to download the presentation by Eszter Judit Novák

Ms Barbara KOVÁCS, National Contact Point (Ministry of National Development, Climate Policy Department), presented the funding opportunities of the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme in 2018.

Click here to download the presentation by Barbara Kovács

Ms Diána HEILMANN, Expert at the Hungarian external monitoring team at NEEMO (responsible for monitoring of LIFE projects) shared the general comments on the implementation of LIFE projects and the experience on monitoring visits.

Click here to download the presentation by Diána Heilmann

After lunch Dr. Konstantinos MOUSTAKAS, Expert at National Technical University of Athens, gave a presentation on the SOL-BRINE project, while Mr Ferran PAUNE, Environmental Expert, at Ferran Pauné Consultor Ambiental presented the experience on the implementation of the MONTSERRAT LIFE project.

Click here to download the presentation by Konstantinos Moustakas

Click here to download the presentation by Ferran Paune

The event was surveyed by satisfaction questionnaires, and the results confirmed what the attendees and speakers already emphasized on the spot: they could participate in a meaningful, professional, well-organized event in a great atmosphere.

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Report on the Seventh LIFE Training on Climate Policy - Climate application from point to point

The Seventh LIFE Training on Climate Policy was organised on 10 April 2018 by the Ministry of National Development under the project ’LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ (LIFE14 CAP/HU/000010). The event was attended by 35 applicants.

As far as the LIFE Programme is concerned, it is one of the tasks of the LIFE Climate Policy Team is to increase the knowledge base of potential Hungarian applicants through thematic trainings.

The trainings having been held so far focused on the priority areas of the sub-programme for Climate Action such as climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and climate governance and information.

Owing to the work of the past two years the required knowledge on the sub-programme and the EU and national climate policy goals was grounded and been transferred successfully to the potential Hungarian applicants. In such a context, the Sixth Training on Climate Policy the LIFE Climate Policy Team has been focusing on the most relevant knowledge and the available best foreign experiences to make the potential Hungarian applicants more competitive.

The Sixth Training on Climate Policy presented the new multiannual work programme for 2018-2020, the current training was to serve as a guideline how the lexical knowledge acquired can be utilized in practice while drafting the application, what new aspects should be considered by candidates this year.

Participants could hear lectures on the new evaluation criteria from 2018 on, in particular with regard to technical and financial coherence, EU added value and market-mindedness.

In the afternoon session successful Hungarian LIFE project managers presented how to endorse the aspects of replication and adaption in their project, as well as the multi-purpose and transnationality.

Presentations are available on the following links:

“Presentation on the evaluation criteria valid from 2018 on” by Ms Barbara KOVACS

“Presentation on the professional and financial coherence” by Mr Ottó TOLDI and Mr Márkó TAMÁSI

“Presentation on the ‘policy uptake’ and EU added value” by Mr Ottó TOLDI

“Presentation on ‘close to market’ aspects in the LIFE programme” by Mr Péter VIGH

“Presentation on the aspects of the replication and adaption through the LIFE ClimFoot project” by Mr Lóránt RIESZ

“Presentation on the aspects of the multi-purpose and transnationality from the point of view of the applicant” by Mr Csaba VASZKÓ

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

High-peak of Attendance - The first environmental LIFE training of the Ministry of Agriculture was successfully completed

On 20 March 2018 the First Training on Environment entitled “The new features of the sub-programme for Environment from 2018” was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture at Ignac Darányi hall.

The aim of the training was to present the new features of the multiannual LIFE Programme for the period 2018-2020 initiated in November 2017 as well as the funding opportunities of the Environment Axis.

The third year of thematic training, besides a high degree of interest, with the attendance of 70 participants was organised under the project ’LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ (LIFE14 CAP/HU/000010).

Ms Judit Eszter NOVÁK and Ms Ágnes SZIJÁRTÓ, Environmental Coordinators of the Hungarian LIFE Team, presented the most important features of the LIFE programme and the changed application system and evaluation criteria based on the multiannual work programme.

One of the most significant innovations of the sub-programme for Climate Action is the introduction of a two-stage application system for the traditional projects from 2018 on.

Within this framework as a first step a brief, approx. a 10-page long concept note can be submitted until 12 June 2018 at 16.00.

The applicants will be informed about the result of the evaluation of the concept in October, in case of green light, the second step involves submitting a detailed application package (deadline: end of January 2019).

The project concept and the detailed application package will be submitted electronically (eProposal), which will be available after the announcement of the call for proposals (expected mid-April 2018).

In her presentation, Ms Teréz Krisztina SZABÓ, Deputy Head of Department, gave an overall introduction on the Hungarian and European Union policy context related to the priority areas of the LIFE Programme.

Relevance of the European Union strategies/legislation and EU environmental objectives is a key evaluation criterion of the LIFE programme, thus the synergies with them must always be presented in the applications.

Our goal is to support the realisation of as many Hungarian projects as possible, therefore a so-called LIFE national own contribution fund (hereinafter: Fund) was created in 2017.

The amount of state co-financing that may be requested from the Fund can be up to 50% of the national own contribution rate.

Before submitting the project concept, the potential organisations applying for environmental protection in 2018 may submit their request for national own contribution support by sending the following documents to eszter.judit.novak@fm.gov.hu and agnes.szijarto@fm.gov.hu until 5 June 2018.

  • Template on request of national own contribution support is available here
  • Template on the 2 page long Summary of the Application package is available here
  • Template on preliminary project budget plan (year/€) is available here

The LIFE COGENERATION project was introduced in the afternoon session of the training, and within the framework of a workshop it was possible to get acquainted with the detailed technological background of the project and to develop partnerships.

The project is based on the production of electricity and heat generated by the municipal waste and sewage sludge gasification, further information can be found on their website. The presentation on the LIFE COGENERATION project is available here.

We are also looking forward to our upcoming LIFE thematic environmental training, which will be held on 24 May 2018.

The aim of the training in May is to provide a detailed overview of the technical, administrative and financial aspects for setting up successful project concepts.

Presentation on "How to apply for funding - an application from 2018" is available here.

Presentation on "Policy Background" is available here.

Presentation on "Project examples" is available here.

Thank you to all participants who attended our training.

We wish you much success with setting up and drafting successful projects!

Study Tour in Güssing (Austria)

In the framework of the project ‘LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ (LIFE14 CAP / HU / 000010) the representatives of the Ministry of National Development and the Hungarian Development Centre visited Austria on 9-10 November 2017 to support the potential Hungarian project owners by sharing the experience on implementing the LIFE programme with success in Austria. In the framework of the programme three stations were visited: Güssing, Graz and Vienna.

Güssing (note: its Hungarian name is Németújvár) is located in Austria, only a few kilometres away from the Hungarian border. This small town was an isolated, underdeveloped settlement a few decades ago, today it is considered an energy miracle (note: it is also well-known as Miracle of Güssing) in the European Union and in other parts of the world.

The creation of the miracle was safeguarded by the combination of several unexpected events. One of them was the fall of the Iron Curtain, while the other was Austria’s accession to the EU. The latter one provided financial opportunities for development. Basically the engine of the development was two local residents who recognized the potential of energy growth. Since they turned to the use of renewable energy instead of individual heating based on fossil energy. Nowadays this provides the electricity and heating energy for the settlement. As a result they are now completely self-sufficient in these two fields, and even they obtain considerable revenues from the sold surplus energy. The miracle has also meant economic growth for the area since they pay local energy producers instead of external service providers. Therefore, jobs have also been created, and as a result of this, commuting and migration from the region has decreased. Today, several neighbouring municipalities have joined this model, and the implementation of the model has been started in more and more small regions throughout Austria.

In Graz the representatives studied the LocalAdapt LIFE project. This project aims to help small local governments in many countries to adapt climate change. In the project the coordinator is German, while the Austrians are the partners. The project partners compile climate data sheets based on jointly selected data (e.g.: number of hot flash days, heating and cooling periods), which are presented several times a year. In January 2018, jointly they will form an (urban) adaptation strategy based on the collected data. From 20 November 2017 on, they have been holding climate education trainings to support local governments in their climate protection efforts. At the meeting the representatives discussed a potential Austrian-Hungarian project, in which the Austrian experience could be exploited in the Hungarian context as well.

In Vienna the Hungarian delegation met with the representatives of the Austrian National Contact Points. The partners mutually presented their work and experience on the LIFE programme. The Austrian partner briefly presented that an application of integrated project was submitted in the field of water management in 2017. According to the Austrian partners the requirements of the calls became more complicated in the last past years: there is a growing administrative and organizational burden of compiling a single application, providing the own contribution is also challenging, and the participation of profit-oriented organizations is negligible. The Austrian representatives highlighted the fact that most of the applicants come from NGOs and local governments. In Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) province the substantial part of the own contribution is provided to the applicants by the provincial ministry. Finally some potential joint projects on environmental protection and climate policy were discussed.

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website

Third LIFE Training on Nature Conservation

With the attendance of about 50 participants the last LIFE Training on Nature Conservation was organized on 28 June 2017 by the Department for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Third LIFE Training on Nature Conservation, which was implemented under the project ’LIFE Capacity Building in Hungary’ (LIFE14 CAP / HU / 000010), was built around the following themes: international and nationwide experience on the practice of drafting proposals the use of e-proposal interface and its functions, as well as land acquisition practices.

As before, the main purpose of the training was to get acquainted with the LIFE programme supervised by the European Commission and, above all, to promote the submission of applications based on topics such as ’Nature and Biodiversity’ as part of the Environment sub-programme.

Forthcoming the deadline of the submission (in case Nature and Biodiversity it is on 14 September), our lecturers provided some practical advice on drafting proposals to the potential applicants and shared their own experience on the first steps of the implementation the project.

Ms Adrienn SZATMÁRI, LIFE Capacity Building Project Coordinator (Department for Nature Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture) presented the LIFE capacity building project in Hungary. Click here to download the presentation of Adrienn Szatmári

Ms Veronika BOKOR, LIFE National Contact Point (Department for Nature Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture) presented the funding opportunities of the traditional projects under the nature and biodiversity priority area with particular regard to its scheduling and priorities. Click here to download the presentation of Veronika Bokor

Mr Mikko TIIRA (Metsähallitus, Finland) as a successful LIFE project owner gave a practical guidance on drafting proposals and shared his experience on project implementation. Click here to download the presentation of Mikko_Tiira

Mr Péter PALATITZ (MME BirdLife Hungary, ‘Conservation of the Red-footed Falcon in the Carpathian Basin’ (LIFE11/NAT/HU/000926) shared his experience drafting applications and project implementation. Click here to download the presentation of Peter_Palatitz

Ms Dóra KISPÁL (Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate, ‘HUGRASSLANDSLIFE - Conservation of Dry Grasslands in Central Hungary LIFE12 NAT/HU/001028) presented her experience on land acquisition. Click here to download the presentation of Dóra Kispál

Thank you to all participants who attended our training. We wish you the best of success with application drafting!

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Workshop on Drafting Application for the LIFE Programme 2017

A Workshop on Drafting Applications for the LIFE Programme 2017 was organized on 22 June 2017 in Dobogókő by the Hungarian Development Centre Non-profit Ltd (hereinafter: HDC).

In his opening speech Mr Antal KISS, Ministerial Commissioner responsible for the Coordination of Direct Funds, the Executive Director of the Hungarian Development Centre reminded that the capacity-building project was launched and submitted on the initiative of HDC by the consortium partners, namely the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian Development Centre. He stressed that one of the secrets of the success of the Hungarian capacity-building project, which is considered the most successful by the European Commission, is the good cooperation between the consortium partners. He emphasized that in the first year of the project, a record number of LIFE applications were submitted and expressed the hope that this year will only be more successful.

Ms Ágnes SZIJÁRTÓ, LIFE Capacity Development Project Coordinator (Department for Environmental Development, Ministry of Agriculture), Ms Veronika BOKOR, LIFE Nature National Contact Point (Department for Nature Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture) and Ms Ágnes VOZÁR, Desk Officer for Natura 2000 Network (Department for Nature Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture) presented the evaluation aspects of the LIFE working programme.

Ms Barbara KOVÁCS, National Contact Point (Climate Policy Department, Ministry of National Development) presented the evaluation and selection aspects of the programme.

Ms Kata KONSTANTIN, Legal and Financial Expert of the LIFE Climate Policy Team (Climate Policy Department, Ministry of National Development) presented the most important administrative-financial information on the application.

Click here to download the presentation by Veronika Bokos and Ágnes Szijártó

Click here to download the presentation by Ágnes Vozár

Click here to download the presentation by Barbara Kovács

Click here to download the presentation by Kata Konstatin

After lunch, discussions on the call for proposals were discussed in an interactive form in three sections.

In the Q&A session the questions on the environmental protection were answered by Ms Ágnes SZIJARTÓ and Ms Judit NOVÁK; Ms Veronika BOKOR and Ms Ágnes VOZÁR responded to the nature conservation, while Ms Barbara KOVÁCS replied for the climate-policy related ones.

As the member of the LIFE Financial Team Ms Noémi NYITRAI, financial manager of HDC and Ms Kata KONSTANTIN answered the financial questions.

During the discussion sections it was asked whether an existing project idea not intended for submission this year may be submitted next year. However, the priorities are changing (it always depends on the European Commission), but the fundamental themes are permanent. Thus an existing project idea can be submitted next year. Immediately after the opening of the calls for proposals, a LIFE project proposal cannot be perfectly written by the submission dead line of this year, but it could be started for the next year. An immature project idea also can be submitted, since the feedback received is very detailed and useful. The questions can be asked through the National Contact Point to the EASME: that was the case for the first successful climate project. Each Applicant may submit more than one application, but his/her capacity for parallel project management should be estimated. For doing so a reasonable financial plan and schedule are needed. Naturally, financial synergies are also possible: a former project can be further developed.

The applications for preliminary examination are expected by the ministries in July. In response to one of the questions, the experts also explained what the green procurement is about. Thus, the tenderers undertake to carry out ergonomic communication or environmentally friendly recycling during the implementation of the project. Practically, the aim is to give preferences to the greener subcontractors.

In its reply to the question of additional personnel costs, the financial expert explained the difference between the additional and the non-additional project members in detail. The former are members of the professional team whose gross salary (including the cafeteria, holiday pay, sick pay, and the cost of going to work) are eligible. To do this, a timesheet and background documents are needed to be created in each month. The latter are financial or HR experts whose works are not financed directly by the EU, but some parts of their salaries can be deducted and eligible as ‘own share’.

The event was surveyed by satisfaction questionnaires, and the results confirmed what the attendees and speakers already emphasized on the spot: they could participate in a meaningful, professional, well-organized event in a great atmosphere. Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website

LIFE Info Day 2017

The LIFE Info Day 2017 was organized on 8 June 2017 in Dobogókő by the Hungarian Development Centre Non-profit Ltd (hereinafter: HDC).

As part of his greeting speech Mr Balázs SIMÓ, Director on assignment at the Hungarian Development Center, welcomed the audience and among others announced that the 2017 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants is available in Hungarian as well on our website (http://www.lifepalyazatok.eu) under the "APPLICATIONS" menu item. He stressed that both the HDC and the ministries aspire for providing support for preparing the applications, but the experience of the former winners is indispensable. For this reason besides the presentations of the representatives of the ministries, an experienced applicant, Mr József Fidlóczky, also shared his knowledge with the audience. In addition, he emphasized that this year is the year of the LIFE jubilee, as the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme was celebrated on 21 May 2017.

On behalf of the ministry, Mr Tibor SCHAFFHAUSER, Head of Unit of the Climate Policy Department (Ministry of National Development), started his opening speech with the announcement of the first successful Hungarian climate project. He highlighted that the implementation of the capacity building project in Hungary was rated the best in Brussels in March. Concerning the LIFE anniversary, he reminded that the European Commission encouraged the Member States to remember the anniversary at national level as well. Consequently, the Hungarian LIFE Team organized the ‘LIFE25 Roadshow’, a roadshow of 25 stations for the anniversary. The present event was the 25th venue. He also pointed out that a huge amount of submitted applications was received. In addition he emphasized the importance of mutual dialogues, since our goal was to introduce the LIFE Programme to potential applicants and to get to know their ideas.

Ms Veronika BOKOR, LIFE Nature National Contact Point (Ministry of Agriculture, Department for Nature Conservation) presented the funding opportunities of the LIFE Nature and Biodiversity priority area under the sub-programme for Environment.

Click here to download the presentation by Veronika Bokor.

Ms Ágnes SZIJÁRTÓ, LIFE Capacity Development Project Coordinator (Department for Environmental Development, Ministry of Agriculture), presented 2017 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants addressing environmental issues.

Click here to download the presentation by Ágnes_Szijártó.

As a continuation Ms Barbara KOVÁCS, National Contact Point (Climate Policy Department, Ministry of National Development) highlighted the current climate policy background and presented the funding opportunities of the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme in 2017.

Click here to download the presentation by Barbara_Kovacs.

Closing the morning session Ms Diána HEILMANN, Expert at the Hungarian external monitoring team at NEEMO (responsible for monitoring of LIFE projects) shared the general comments on the implementation of LIFE projects and the experience on monitoring visits.

Click here to download the presentation by Diána Heilmann.

After lunch Mr Sarunas ZABLECKIS Project Adviser at EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) introduced the LIFE Programme from the beginning, and presented the changes, achieved results and future plans as well.

Click here to download the presentation by Sarunas Zableckis.

While closing the afternoon session, Mr József FIDLÓCZKY Project Manager, Managing Director of Fencon Ltd. shared his more than 15 years of experience on the preparation and implementation of LIFE projects.

Click here to download the presentation by József Fidloczky.

The event was surveyed by satisfaction questionnaires, and the results confirmed what the attendees and speakers already emphasized on the spot: they could participate in a meaningful, professional, well-organized event in a great atmosphere.

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

’LIFE25 HU Roadshow’ – Mission accomplished

The amazing Dobogókő – venue of the Hungarian LIFE 2017 Infoday on 8 June – was the 25th and last official destination of the Hungarian LIFE 25 Roadshow. The Hungarian LIFE Climate and Environmental Support Teams began their trip across the whole country in March 2017. Their aim was to find the least informed actors, regions and towns concerning LIFE and raise their awareness on environmental and climate issues and the programme itself.  

Beginning on 21 March at Sopron’s ’Live Forest’ Conference, the roadshow was completed in less than two and a half months in strong cooperation of the LIFE Climate and Environmental Support Teams. The 25 visited destinations varied on a large scale both geographically and concerning the type of events and organizations. Apart from knowledge-sharing, our LIFE colleagues have received remarkable new technical inputs and have built connections with and among potential applicants.

Officially, the roadshow is over, however the work is just about to start at the Hungarian Regional Climate Platforms. For this reason our colleagues will visit some additional events, as well. The large-scale ’LIFE25 HU Roadshow’ is planned to be followed by more focused thematic trainings, workshops and bilateral project meetings with applicants, in order to improve the quality and quantity of Hungarian LIFE proposals.

Read more about the destinations of the LIFE25 HU Roadshow: http://life-25.eu/life25-roadshow/

Read more about or future events: http://lifepalyazatok.eu/esemenyek.html   

Destination 16-25 LIFE25 Roadshow, Hungary

Destination 16: LIFE Environment and LIFE Climate presentations at the Danube Region Strategy Project Financing Conference

Destination 17: beginning of a new LIFE in Northern-Hungary (Regional Climate Day - Nograd County)

Destination 18: Kick-off meeting of ’Bács-Kiskun’ Regional Climate Strategy Platform, Kecskemét

Destination 19: LIFE presentation at the Innovative Remediation Conference

Destination 20: County Zala has also stepped on the LIFE Road! :)

Destination 21: Presentation on climate change and LIFE Climate Action sub-programme at Pest Regional Climate Platform in the town of Érd.

Destination 22: Introduction to LIFE at Budapest Climate Strategy Conference

Destination 23: LIFE presentation at the conference of the Enterprise Europe Network and the Hungarian National Trading House for competitive SMEs.

Destination 24: Presentation on LIFE Climate Action sub-programme at the ’Győr-Moson-Sopron’ County Assembly Meeting at Győr.

Destination 25: LIFE National Information Day at Dobogókő. József Fidloczky sharing the lessons learned as project manager of 9 successful LIFE projects.

Destination 1-15, LIFE25 Roadshow, Hungary

Destination 1: Living Forest Conference, organized by the LIFEinFORESTS LIFE project, Sopron,

Destination 2: 'Eszak-Alfold' Regional Climate Platform Meeting, Nyiregyhaza

Destination 3: 'Bacs-Kiskun' Regional Climate Strategy Conference, Lajosmizse

Destination4: CCA Conference, Hodmezovasarhely. With 'Klimanocskak' climate conscious kindergarten group

Destination5: Sustainable Municipal Development Platform, Kecskemet

Destination6: LIFE pres at the Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg Regional Climate Strategy Platform Meeting

Destination7: LIFE Corner at the 'Ökocity' Pavilion of CONSTRUMA International Expo 2017.

Destination8: ’Heves’ Regional Climate Strategy Conference, Eger

Destination9: ’Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén’ Regional Climate Strategy Conference, Miskolc

Destination10: ’Dél-Alföld’ Regional Climate Platform Meeting, Szeged

Destination11: ’3R Pyrolysis, Nutrient Recovery and Biochar’ Conference, Kajászó

Destination12, Szekszárd

Destination 13: LIFE pres at a project event of the Environment & Energy Efficiency Operative Programme

Destination 14: ’Youth Speak’ Sustainable Development Conference of AIESEC Hungary

Destination 15: Nordic Green Light Conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 

Photos about the events can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Fourth LIFE Training on Climate Policy: Climate Change and Awareness Raising

The Fourth LIFE Training on Climate Policy, entitled Climate Change and Awareness Raising was organized on 16 February 2017 by the Hungarian LIFE Climate Policy Team.Besides the importance of climate change and awareness raising, the organizers drew the attention on the funding opportunities under the priority area entitled Climate Governance and Information (GIC) of the LIFE Programme.

Ms Barbara BOTOS, Head of the Climate Policy Department (Ministry of National Development) welcomed the audience.

In his opening presentation, Mr Márton KRUPPA, Lead Expert on Climate and Energy at the Directorate for Environmental Sustainability of the Office of the President of the Republic shared the experience of the climate awareness campaign initiated by Mr János ÁDER, the President of the Republic of Hungary.

As the member of the LIFE Climate Policy Team, Ms Barbara KOVÁCS, National Contact Point (Ministry of National Development) presented the funding opportunities of the LIFE Climate Action sub-programme, which inter alia supports climate policy projects on governance and information as well.

As a continuation of the programme national and foreign successful LIFE project beneficiaries presented their climate awareness projects: Ms Magda ZADRAG, Expert at WWF Poland presented the LIFE WZROST project entitled ‘Implementation of Sustainable Development based on Socially Responsible Transformation’. Then Mr Lóránt RIESZ Head of Department (Otto Herman Institute Non-profit Ltd.) shared their experience on the implementation of LIFE CLIM'FOOT - Implementing public policies to calculate and reduce organisations' carbon footprint project.

 

Click here to download the presentation by Márton Kruppa

Click here to download the presentation by Barbara Kovács

Click here to download the presentation by Magda Zadrag

Click here to download the presentation by Lóránt Riesz

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

LIFE Project Management Training 2017

The LIFE Project Management Training was organized on 30 March 2017 in Dobogókő by the Hungarian Development Centre Non-profit Ltd.

Ms Martina MAKAI, Deputy Secretary of State for Developing Green Economy, Climate Policy and Key Public Services (Ministry of National Development), stressed in her opening speech that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE programme. To celebrate this the consortium partners of the successful LIFE capacity-building project in Hungary such as the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian Development Centre are going to organize a LIFE roadshow to disseminate information on the programme.

As a new, significant result of the activities of the consortium members, the audience was informed that a proposal on creating fiscal conditions for the implementation of the LIFE integrated and traditional projects was launched and submitted by Ms Makai and Mr Antal Kiss, Ministerial Commissioner responsible for the Coordination of Direct Funds. The Government Decision No. 1072/2017 (II. 10.) was appeared in February 2017.

She also highlighted the fact that in addition to the successful capacity-building project we are rich in outstanding, granted LIFE projects as well, since there are a plenty of Best and Best of the Best LIFE projects in Hungary.

Finally, the applicants were encouraged to submit more projects and she wished them success for the future – adding facetiously: our goal is that the old Opus song’s refrain ’LIFE is LIFE’ should become more and more true.

After the opening speech first Mr Gábor ROSZIK, Chief Technologist at COLAS Hungaria ltd, presented the ’SustainEuroRoad’ LIFE project and their experience on the implementation.

The Hungarian subsidiary, as a consortium partner participated in the project by the French parent company, thus in the field of road construction they used environmentally friendly techniques in an innovative way. One of the main products of the application is a modelling software for calculating the entire life-cycle carbon footprint, so-called SEVE.

Mr ROSZIK stressed that COLAS as a French owned company has an innovative approach to environmental protection while investing a lot of energies into the issue. Besides their basic environmental goals, they protect the environment by initiating environmental projects in Hungary as well. He mentioned; for example, the study of the life of Eurasian eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) in stone-quarries and the impact of mining on them. In addition, he highlighted their own projects aiming to reduce CO2 emissions which pay off financially within 2-3 years.

Click here to download the presentation

Then, Mr Zoltán ECSEDI, the Secretary of Hortobágy Environmental Association, reported on their experience on the implementation of the ‘HORTOBÁGYI SODIC LAKES’ LIFE project.

 

His presentation was based on the lessons learnt. As he underlined they are not only mandatory and important elements of the proposals – thus the lessons learnt should be collected and published together – but on the basis of similarities they also should be meaningful and useful to the others as well.

Click here to download the presentation

After lunch, Mr Tomas PATOCKA, Financial Monitoring Expert at NEEMO (responsible for the monitoring of LIFE projects) shared his experience on financial monitoring activities.

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From the ‘Liberty Island’ project Ms Viktória SIPOSS, Project Manager at WWF Hungary (World Wide Fund for Nature, Hungary Foundation), introduced some useful and practical advice. This includes the division of actions between project partners, financial issues and as well as how to win a company’s financial support for a project like Coca Cola.

Click here to download the presentation

Even at the time of making the event public there had been an extremely high interest in the event, thus the originally planned number of participants was raised, and still were not able to accept all applications. The registration was in a chronological order.

The organization of the event was measured by satisfaction questionnaires, and the results confirmed what the attendees and speakers already emphasized on the spot: they could participate in a meaningful, professional, well-organized event in a great atmosphere.

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

LIFE Capacity Building Networking Workshop

Hungary has organized a LIFE Capacity Building Networking Workshop held in Budapest 22-23rd November 2016 with the participation of all the Member States implementing LIFE capacity building projects.

The LIFE Capacity Building networking Workshop provided a platform for the member States for sharing their achievements, problems and ways of their solution, as well as best practices, while the event also gave an opportunity to consult with experts from the European Commission.

Ms Katalin Tóth Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture has highlighted that being effective in our case can have two approaches: a quality and a quantity approach. Quality approach can embrace the professional content of project proposals, their novelty, and of course their feasibility; harmony of aims, activities, timing and management. Quality approach may refer to more and more applicants from our home country, and more and more successful project proposals gaining more and more funds for our activities. It is notable to enhance the involvement of private firms into the program, helping the results of eco innovation being tested in practice, for their further development.

The total budget of the hungarian LIFE Capacity Building Project is 1.145.665 EUR, the funding provided by the European Commission is 992.279 EUR. The actions of the capacity building project aim to facilitate the more effective participation of project proposals in an integrated and complex way. Within the project actions we have developed the capacity of LIFE experts, we organize study trips, a networking workshop, thematic trainings for the applicants, and we estabish a support team, a LIFE project database and a website for instance. As result of the above mentioned activities, more project ideas can come up and the number of successful LIFE proposals can increase with the help of the enlarged and trained LIFE support team.

Presentation provided by the EASME:

LIFE CB Workshop in Budapest_EC EASME.pdf

Presentations provided by the European Investment Bank:

LIFE CB Workshop in Budapest_EIB NCFF.pdf

LIFE CB Workshop in Budapest_EIB PF4EE.pdf

Presentations provided by the Member States implementing capacity building project:

1 BG_CBW_LIFE14 CAP BULGARIA_EN.pdf

2 CY_LIFE14 CAP CY 000006 CYCLAMEN_Budapest_workshop_Nov_2016.pdf

3 CZ_CBW_LIFE14 CAP CZ 01.pdf

4 EE_CBW_LIFE14 CAP Estonia.pdf

5 GR_CBW_LIFE14_CAP_TASK_FORCE.pdf

6 HR_CBW_LIFE14 CAP_HR (1).pdf

7 HU_CBW_LIFE14 CAP Template_EN_Hungary_FM_NFM.pdf

8 LT_CBW_Lithuania 2016.11.22.pdf

9 LV_CBW_LIFE14 CAP LV.pdf

10 MT_CBW_LIFE14 CAP Template_EN.ppt (2).pdf

12 PT_20161118_LIFE CAP PT_Presentation_Workshop_Budapeste.pdf

13 RO_LIFE LAB - 22-24 Noe. 2016.pdf

14 SI_CBW_LIFE14_CAP_SI_000012_en.pdf

Presentations provided by invited Member States:

LIFE CB Workshop in Budapest_France.pdf

LIFE CB Workshop in Budapest_Germany.pdf

LIFE CB Workshop in Budapest_Italy.pdf

Presentation about the LIFE european network:

LIFE Papastavrou 23 Nov 2016 NCP Net Project.pdf

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Study tour to Spain

1st day – 8 of May 2016

Departure in the morning from Airport Ferihegy, arrival in Madrid, early afternoon. Accommodation occupied at about 5 p.m. and we spent this Sunday evening with rest and walk in the city.

2nd day – 9 of May 2016

Our first work day. We arrived at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture. Here we had been greeted by the Spanish LIFE National Contact Points and by the hand of department responsible for competitions. Elena Barrios NCP delivered the first lecture of a common LIFE report saying the system of the national contact is centralized in Spain, everyone equally is working at the ministry.  Their main tasks are the protection of beneficiaries, dissemination, and evaluation of competition calls. The website of the ministry has been introduced, the LIFE source in detail.

The NCP-s, the presentation of the successful LIFE projects, the partner search can be found on their website. There are summaries about info days, workshops, and special section of financial assets, too.  Applications are not to be translated into Spanish since half of them are written in English.

Elena mentioned the support of candidates too. Six of them are working in this area, two internal staffs move the program and as well the Head of Department, resp. four external staffs work part time. The budgets of work make 150 million Euros yearly.

The incoming requests, questions arrive on email address or on one of their 6 phone numbers. In addition, personal consultation is held in the tender period. On the website there is a project idea Form, which is to be filled in and after this a personal meeting can take place but only in that case the applicant has a concrete idea and that is accepted by the NCP-s. There is no way to review every single competition as nearly 250 applications arrive yearly therefore only the most likely are to be dealt with in detail. If the application is received one week prior deadline will not be considered.

The ministry has its own internal data base and since 1992 each LIFE project idea applied for can be found. Every year EB visits them to discuss all difficulties of the projects. The goal is to better communicate the results, to follow up the competitions already set off, communication is important for them. Much emphasis is placed on the national team training. Each member of their team has considerable experience with LIFE.

Their success is clear since, in spite of the economic crisis (or precisely due to it) the number of winning projects had grown between 2011 and 2013. 4 proposals had been submitted in 2014 for integrated projects. In their opinion the topic of environment, within that the water could be considered popular.

The Head of Department described the important three points of the apparatus saying the NCP-s are organized in horizontal system, each subprogram has its own responsible. He stressed the importance of teamwork and the third point is the information, holding information days, however LIFE is widely known in Spain. When someone wins LIFE project it means a matter of pride.

It is important to note that neither the ministry, nor any other state body will not assist creating sources of money, the applicants have to raise that themselves.

Thereafter one-one brief lecture was held from two successful companies. The first was a non-profit company, the Biodiversity Foundation. Just like the HDC they belong to the ministry and manage many projects. Fifty people work, five for LIFE. They meet repeatedly with the staff of the ministry, there is ongoing consultation between them. They were talking about their five projects, one of them happened to win 15 millions of Euros! They deal with rescue of protected animal species, preservation of the marine environment. At present the main goal for them is to gain a successful integrated project.

The other organization was the SEO Birdlife International commanding informational projects. In this context they organize Natura 2000 days yearly, with different community programs, prepare TV and radio broadcasts of the people who live and act in the areas of Natura 2000. It made a series of program for the TV. They have a powerful mass media and also promotional campaign was organized in supermarkets.

Following the reviews the programme was over. The visitors of 10 persons have parted and we, five persons, continued our way with the team of MA who deal with environmental issues. Our train started for Valencia at 5.50 p.m.

3rd Day – 10 May 2016

The work began early at 7.30 a.m. when we travelled to the industrial district Valencia Paterna.

The first visit was at CEAM, their project name was „Photocity Tex”. Their development tool gives solution to the problem of air pollution that is a photocatalytic material being able to grasp air pollutions. They experiment in a chamber collecting sunlight. Contamination can be measured by the light. This is easy to do in Valencia as 200 days of sun shines could be observed. Their aim is to prove the tool is working. Two premises were chosen for that, a school and a highway tunnel. Here they measured the air pollution for one year. After the measurement the materials were washed out and the harmful substances of the water show the air pollution of the territories. Since the substances are photocatalytic they succeeded to reduce the air pollution, e.g. the NO measure by 100 percent! Now they are in the second year of the three-year project.

The next venue was the company AIDIMA where the project Woodrub was presented. The company is manufacturing of wood products. The industrial rubber waste is mixed with wood, a new substance is produced by this which is suitable for replacement of different equipment e.g. playground rubber wrappers. Some products are already on the online market, their main market area is the EU but South America is inquiring after Woodrub too.

Thereafter we had visited AINIA Non-profit Ltd. The building actually serves as an experimental lab as well where we were driven around. Primarily they deal with experimentation of food and beauty products however they have a biogas lab too. They had lectured on their several successful programs in Brussels.

In 2010, their project about the use of ozone in the food industry had been included among the 23 best projects. One of their other projects runs on production of biogas, biofuels and 1.5 million Euros were for support. They had a program of „eco-hygienic „ design but they are developing such wrapping in the framework of another project which is protecting the environment by less carbon-use packaging materials. Another program is trying to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide on rice cultivation. The company carries out wide-ranging work and it seemed to have a great experience in managing LIFE projects.

Our last station was at AIMME. They had developed an integrated business model in their project aiming the conversion of bio-waste into renewable energy. The company itself is working in metal industry they are developing methods not products. They competed in 2014 they started to work one year later from 700 000 Euros. The project is still going on. This makes a new possibility for biogas production.

We had finished the visits of venues at about 6.00 p.m. and we departed back to Valencia.

4th Day – 11 May 2016

Our day started at the centre of Valencia where we had visited the House Crafts. Here we were received by the next partner, the Economic Ministry under the Valencia province. They manage the project Green Commerce which enjoys great popularity in the region. This was only announced in Spain. The essence of the project is that the 17million employees coming from 4 million Spanish small businesses become accustomed to sustainable lifestyles trade. They said to be a context between trade and environmental protection. Wholesalers have long been engaged in environmental work however it has not quite reached the small businesses. In turn, small businesses have more impact on customers too. Therefore there is a greater responsibility on them. An energy and cost-effective operation have been introduced by the project. The retailers were taught simple techniques (e.g. using LED bulbs) and they have developed a software by which companies can measure their environmental awareness of the business. Who evaluated themselves may seek advice from project managers how they could be more effective. At the end of the process they will issue a report whether it managed to introduce an energy-efficiency system in the business. Within the project 316 retails received appreciative qualification. It is important to mention that this idea, however the program had been completed in 2012, lives on. More and more retailers committed to sustainability and these businesses will become more competitive. Local governments joined the work process. Today every office there has a „sustainability responsible „who deals with retails. This project was rewarded „Best of best „in 2014.

In the afternoon we had visited Diputació de Valencia where we heard a summary of the project ECOVITRUM. The idea of the project was born in 2008 and had been realized with a Hungarian partner (Electro-Cord Ltd.). The project focus on electronic waste and deals with their recycling. The consumed computers, televisions get to collection points and some parts will be recycled. However some parts, the so-called CRT substances, (e.g. barium, strontium) did not have right method of recycling. The institute have developed a solution for that using more than 2 million Euros support. It turned out in the industry mostly the ceramic industry could benefit from these substances therefore from CRT waste ceramic bases, coverings are produced. This we had inspected too. From the material walls and other surfaces could be reverted. The product has been already produced. Inter alia the US is also interested. Between 2010-2016 some 420 000 equipment were recycled by such proceedings! The project had been included in the project of „Best of LIFE Environment”.

Our visit was at once recorded on the Internet by the company. Photography was also taken about the partners.

Link: www.dival.es/sala-prensa/content/josep-bort-el-projecte-ecovitrum-permet-que-cada-any-mes-de-40000-televisors-considerats-res

In conclusion we received a business lunch with Spanish specialities ending their warm welcome and we set off the train to Barcelona.

5th Day – 12 May 2016

Our last working day was in a small town Terrassa, near Barcelona. We were received by LEITAT Non-profit Ltd. in the morning. They were prepared to offer us a whole day project description, lab visit and lunch.

The company itself has a long history it was founded in 1906 their goals were the dissemination of good exercises and methods on social and economic domains. Their project management is highly advanced 20 project managers are working for the company having each doctoral degree in project management. The professionals are divided into sub areas by topic.

Their first introduced project was the Green Books which was finished in 2013. The program targeted the environmentally conscious book release on printing and distribution field The project came from a book trading event testing the costs of publishing and they realized how much were the unnecessary spending. They prepared a Guideline (BookDaPer) to optimize the expenses for publishers, readers and interest groups. The software is available on the Internet even today because every bookseller would like to reduce and optimize their costs thus protecting the environment. The dissemination of the project was also successful by reusing the leaflets (e.g. they could have been converted into bookmark or CD case).

In the field of health they had another LIFE project (BoHealth) developing a software and health institutions may register to learn the program. The software is measuring the costs and raise environmental awareness.

They also have a project in the wool industry (WDS), which is calling for ECO-wool production.

Moreover, they have projects in the fields of water or auto recycling. After the project presentations they gave us a lot of good advices: how to search for a partner or how to organize a project. They told us, there is no need for a big consortium in the LIFE projects but at least 6 months are needed for organize a whole project – from the idea until the administration. The suggested us to keep everything what we promised in the Grant Agreement. At the partner search, it is important to find a company in which we can trust.

Our study day ended with a mini visiting tour. The LEITAT colleagues showed us the whole building, with all of the laboratories and offices. We saw for example 3D printer, or chemical laboratory. We could set up a good relationship with our project partners (we are in touch since our visit), I think we gave them a good impression.

For me this study trip ended with positive results. I saw, that these programmes are really successful, and they catch also the public. They help us to change the attitude, and take more attention to save our environment. We don’t have to be a project manager our laboratory worker, we can also do small steps for a sustainable world.

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Third Training on LIFE Climate Policy

The Third Training on LIFE Climate Policy with a focus on the climate change adaptation was held on 1 September 2016 in the Ministry of National Development.

Ms Barbara Botos, the Head of the Climate Policy Department (Ministry of National Development), stressed in her opening speech that Hungary in the forthcoming years and decades might face mostly the shifting seasons, and those extreme weather conditions would be expected to occur more often such as droughts, floods and heat waves, which demand adaptation measures. 

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

Second Training on LIFE Climate Policy

The Second Training on LIFE Climate Policy was organized on 30 June 2016 by the Climate Policy Department, in the Ministry of National Development, in the Ministry building.

The event was the continuation of the First Training on LIFE Climate Policy, building on its nature of sharing general information on the Programme. In particular, it was aimed to introduce potential applicants into the details by providing practical information on the 2016 calls for proposals for LIFE Climate Action Grants. The presentations included the introduction of the 2016 calls for proposals for LIFE Climate Action, the LIFE eProposal project proposal system, the project evaluation system and some successful Spanish LIFE projects. During the workshops of the afternoon session the Hungarian Meteorological Service (Országos Meteorológiai Szolgálat) and the Biomanufacture company (Biomanufaktúra) presented their project ideas, which were opinioned by the LIFE Climate Policy Team and the participants.

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

LIFE workshop on drafting application 2016.

23 June 2016

Hotel Walden

 

Dániel Nagy dr. (National Food Chain Safety Office) talked about the experience of their project called FIRELIFE.

Barbara Kovács, LIFE national contact person of climate-politics, talked about the role of contact persons and the aspects of evaluation.

Johann Friedmann shared the experience of evaluation and criticism.

Noémi Nyitrai (Hungarian Development Centre) introduced the aspects of financial planning. Hungarian Development Centre functions as a financial helpdesk within LIFE capacity building. She introduced a winner tender and a rejected one from financial aspect.

Zsuzsanna Wirthné Móricz (Rubi Consulting) talked about the structure of the project and the roles of aims and priorities.

The participants’ satisfaction was assessed by a questionnaire.

Click here to download the presentation by Daniel Nagy dr. 

Click here to download the presentation by Barbara Kovács

Click here to download the presentation by Noémi Nyitrai

Click here to download the presentation by Zsuzsanna Wirthné Móricz 

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

 

LIFE workshop on project management 2016.

Hotel Walden

The LIFE workshop on project management was held on 31 March 2016. The members of the Hungarian LIFE Team organized a workshop for those LIFE project owners and partners who already won LIFE projects.

In the morning session a moderated knowledge sharing among the project partners was enriched by smaller theoretical parts.

Mr László PRIBÉK, as a presenter and later a moderator, in his welcoming speech greeted the participants then asked them to introduce themselves, and share their expectations concerning the the programme.

Mr Péter BOZZAY, a member of Budapest Waterworks (Fővárosi Vízművek Zrt.) said that representing his company he came to get some inputs for the implementation of a successful LIFE project.

Ms Katalin HERNECZKI, on behalf of Colas Hungária Kft., emphasized that their company was committed to nature and climate protection, and had participated in several successful projects. She was hoping to gain up-to-date information on new opportunities.

Ms Viktória SIPOSS, Project Manager at WWF Hungary (World Wide Fund for Nature, Hungary Foundation), had been running two LIFE projects, implementing sub-tasks in several projects, and they were planning to submit an proposal in the field of wetland habitats, so any fresh information was useful.

Ms Kitti SZALAY, Expert at Kaszó Erdőgazdaság Plc. highlighted that their LIFE project was currently under implementation and she came to the workshop for experience.

Mr Ákos TORBIK,  Marketing Expert at Hortobágy Nature Conservation and Gene Keeping Nonprofit Ltd (Hortobágyi Természetvédelmi és Génmegőrző Nonprofit Kft.), was interested in the communication criteria.

Mr József FIDLÓCZKY, expert at Fencon Ltd., as a project manager for several successful LIFE projects started sharing experiences. He stated that the nature conservation goals had been maximally achieved under the implementation and they had put high emphasis on cooperation among the 16 partners. In his view, not only the successful evaluation is important but also the steps of implementation should be considered in details, in terms of own contribution as well. It is necessary to harmonise the objectives of the beneficiary organization with the Commission’s, and it is fortunate if the proposal is submitted by the organisation responsible for the implementation later. In addition, he stated that the key of success was a very detailed budget, and for internal use an even more detailed one than the requirements was also recommended.

According to Ms SIPOSS, due to the lengthy process of selection it was often not possible to ensure that the person who had written the proposal actually could participate in the implementation. As a result, an expert with similar skills and experience had to be found as replacement.  In the rest of the day an interactive conversation was held with several speakers. After lunch, there was a short walk in Pilis Mountains, where participants could became familiar with the local flora and avifauna.

In the afternoon session two important topics were discussed, namely the intercultural management of the project and cooperation of the project team.

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

LIFE Information day 2016.

 

14 June 2016

 Hotel Walden

 

Kiss Antal ministerial commissionaire, HDC project coordinator highlighted his hope in successful event for successful applications. He hoped in efficient knowledge sharing, experience exchange and suggested writing the application with the motivation of already succeeded projects available at ’nyeromagyarok.eu’.

Dr. Makai Martina, Deputy Secretary of State for developing a green economy, climate policy and key public services, greeted the participants.

Galambos Annamária head of department (MoA) said in her speech, that the aim of LIFE capacity building was to introduce the program in a widespread and to submit and coordinate more successful applications. They wished to meet well-organized high quality projects.

Novák Judit national contact point person in LIFE environment performed the history of LIFE calls, the environment and climate subprograms.

Bokor Veronika national contact point person in LIFE nature informed the participants about the calls in nature and biodiversity as well as LIFE environmental governance and information calls and preparatory calls with their application deadlines.

Kovács Barbara national contact point person in LIFE climate-policy introduced the climate-policy subprograms of LIFE started in 2014.

Dr. Konstantin Kata climate policy referee introduced the financial and own contribution matters.

Johann Friedmann (Consultancy Brussels, Bvba) introduced the SME instruments. He highlighted the importance of financial planning and SME instruments integration into the applications. He showed the financial mechanisms that can broaden the project sizes.

Halmos Gergő the president of Hungarian Ornithological Association shared some useful practices from their LIFE project. They had coordinated LIFE projects since 2000 with a budget of 20,5million EUR.

He introduced main features of planning, financing, coordinating and communication.

Reisz Lóránt, deputy director of Hermann Ottó Institute shared their experience of the first running LIFE project.

Dombos Miklós, science senior scientist of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences showed their running INSTECTLIFE project.

Dr. Bulkai Dénes, the president of ArchEnerg cluster shared the experience of evaluation system.

 

Photos about the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our website.

 

Contact

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

Environment 

Ms. Ágnes SZIJÁRTó – LIFE NCP

Phone: +36 1 795 4995

E-mail: agnes.szijarto@am.gov.hu

            lifeenvironment@am.gov.hu

 

Nature 

Ms. Éva SASHALMI – LIFE NCP

Phone: +36 1 896 3149

E-mail: lifenature@am.gov.hu

Ministry of National Development

Ministry of Innovation and Technology

Climate action

Ms. Barbara KOVÁCS – LIFE NCP

Phone: +36 1 896 3129

E-mail: barbara.kovacs@itm.gov.hu

Hungarian Development Centre<

Hungarian Development Centre

Finance

E-mail: lifecapacity@mfk.gov.hu

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