Programme for the Environment and Climate Action - Programme LIFE

Start date: 
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Overview and objectives: 

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

The LIFE Programme shall in particular have the following general objectives:

(a) to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, low- carbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of the Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;

(b) to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;

(c) to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;

(d) to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.


Creation of two sub-programmes:

  • LIFE sub-programme for Environment, including as priorities areas environment and resource efficiency, nature and biodiversity, and governance and information.
  • LIFE sub-programme for Climate Action, including as priorities areas adaptation, mitigation and governance and information.
Catchment areas: 

The LIFE Programme shall be open to the participation of the following countries:

(a) European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which are parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA);

(b) candidate countries, potential candidates and acceding countries to the Union;

(c) countries to which the European Neighbourhood Policy applies;

(d) countries which have become members of the European Environmental Agency in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 933/1999

Recipient bodies: 

The LIFE Programme may fund public and private bodies.

Financing terms: 

Budget: €3,456.7 million (€2,592.5 millio for ENV, €864.2 millio for CLIMA)

Union funding may take the following legal forms:

  • grants;
  • public procurement contracts;
  • contributions to financial instruments in accordance with provisions on financial instruments under Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012, in particular Articles 139 and 140 thereof, and with operational requirements set out in specific Union acts;
  • any other interventions needed for the purpose of achieving the general objectives set out in Article 3.

Co-financing rates and eligibility of costs for projects: Article 20 Regulation Programme Life

Programme budget: 
€3 456 655 000.00
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