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25 years LIFE programme

Capacity building


The LIFE (L'Instrument Financier pour l'Environnement), which was set up in 1992, is the European Programme for Environment and Climate Action. The LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 (hereinafter referred to as "the LIFE Regulation") entered into force on 1 January 2014. The Regulation establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The overall financial envelope for the implementation of the LIFE programme is EUR 3.457 billion in current prices for the seven years. Under the LIFE Regulation, the Commission draws up multiannual work programmes with the Member States. The LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017 includes among the others the cost allocation for funding types and priority areas, selection methodology for projects as well as the key project themes for "traditional" and "non-traditional" projects. The LIFE Regulation contains several new elements and changes compared to the previous LIFE+ programme. One of the main innovations is that the programme consists of two sub-programmes with a separate budget. According to the LIFE Regulation EUR 2.59 billion of the overall financial envelope is allocated to the sub-programme for Environment; and EUR 864.2 million to the sub-programme for Climate Action. Based on the above, the Call for Proposals for the LIFE Programme 2014 were published on 18 June 2014.

The LIFE programme introduced action grants for capacity-building projects for the 2014-2017 funding period. These are projects designed to build Member States' capacity to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme. For that call the Ministry of Innovation and Technology as Coordinating Beneficiary, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian Development Center as Associated Beneficiaries, applied for the grant jointly in 2015. The LIFE Capacity Building Project in Hungary (LIFE14 CAP/HU/000010) was successfully submitted. On 16 December 2015 the Commission adopted a Grant Agreement (LIFE 14 CAP/ HU/000010 - LIFE Cap HUN), bound with Ministry of National Development. In order to implement the project, the three applicants set up the LIFE consortium, which operates from 21 January 2016 to the end of 2018.