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LIFE programme for 2021-2027: Financing environmental and climate objectives [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Dessislava Yougova (1st edition),

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Launched in 1992, the LIFE programme is the only EU fund entirely dedicated to environmental and climate objectives. It supports the implementation of relevant EU legislation and the development of key policy priorities, by co-financing projects with European added value. To date, LIFE has co‑financed more than 4 500 projects.

In June 2018, the European Commission submitted a proposal on a regulation establishing a new LIFE programme for 2021-2027. The programme would support projects in the areas of nature and biodiversity, circular economy and quality of life, clean energy transition, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. A total of €4.83 billion in 2018 prices (€5.45 billion in current prices) would be earmarked to the new programme.

In the European Parliament, the proposal has been referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The Environment Council considered the information provided by the Commission on the proposal in a public session on 25 June 2018.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013
Committee responsible: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) COM(2018) 385
Rapporteur: Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, the Netherlands) 2018/0209 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Michel Dantin (EPP, France)
Nicola Caputo (S&D, Italy)
Arne Gericke (ECR, Germany)
Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, France)
Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, Hungary)
Eleonora Evi (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Vote in committee

EU Legislation in progress timeline


Visit the European Parliament page on ‘Climate change‘.




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