The new LIFE+ funding programme will be started from 2007 and run until 2013. It will have a budget of roughly 300 million euros per year. The projects funded will support the priorities of the 6th Environmental Action Programme.
The Commission wants to focus LIFE+ on two strands:
- 'Implementation and Governance', to consolidate the knowledge base and help Member States get better and quicker results in applying EU environment policy;
- 'Information and Communication' to raise environmental awareness and share best practices e.g. by supporting events such as the successful EU Mobility Week.
The procedures to obtain funding will be streamlined, enabling the Commission to respond quickly to new emerging issues. The funding will be available to administrations at all levels, NGOs, environmental stakeholders and others.