LIFE+: Liberals and Democrats push reform to crucial EU environmental programme
LIFE: Liberals and Democrats push reform to crucial EU environmental programme
MEPs have today taken the final steps to approve the prolongation to the European Union’s LIFE Programme, the only EU fund dedicated solely to the environment and climate, while being one of the most effective EU budget instruments. The LIFE Programme began in 1992 and has to date co-financed more than 4,600 successful projects.
The legislative report adopted today, a partial agreement with EU Member States, will help the EU with the transition to a net zero-emission and climate resilient economy. Furthermore, LIFE is essential tool in protecting Europe´s ecosystems and biodiversity through financing Natura 2000 areas.
Liberals and Democrats have pushed for an increased budget for this Programme, from 3.5 billion to 7.2 billion euros.
Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP, rapporteur for the European Parliament, commented after the vote:
“The reforms agreed today will ensure the LIFE programme delivers for the climate and nature, while securing economic growth within the European Union. I passionately believe it should benefit from a bigger budget.”
“The LIFE Programme is one of our most successful EU instruments and will contribute to the objectives of a clean, healthy EU, from the air we breathe to our water, soil and nature.”
“As the only programme dedicated specifically to environment and climate action, the LIFE remains a crucial, effective and efficient financial instrument: refining it and making it more quality driven was a priority for Liberals and Democrats. “
Notes to Editors:
The agreement reached today can be found here.