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LIFE Newsletter July 2021

LIFE Programme

Check out the Newsletter July 2021 here  or see the PDF version below.

READ: LIFE Newsletter July 2021
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Publication of LIFE 2021 Calls

Pleased be informed that the 2021 LIFE Calls were launched 13th July 2021.

The call information and application documents for the various types of projects under the 4 sub-programmes are now available on the Funding & Tender portal.

The CINEA LIFE website have published information detailed information, including call documents and recorded information sessions.

A Q&A session for applicants on the recently published LIFE 2021 call for proposals which CINEA is organising on 8 and 9 September 2021. Details are available here.

The LIFE programme 2021-2027 will henceforth be executed by the EU-agency CINEA (previously known as INEA), and therefore no longer by EASME. 

Environment Advisory & Research Unit of Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications is the National Contact Point – LIFE Programme in Ireland

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LIFE Newsletter June 2021

LIFE Programme

Newsletter June 2021, click here 

READ: LIFE Newsletter June 2021
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In July 2020, the European Council (Heads of State and Government of each EU Member State), adopted a historic €750 billion recovery package for Europe.

This package, NextGenerationEU, is Europe’s shared response to the severe health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Next Generation EU is an ambitious and common recovery package which will complement and support each country’s own national response to the crisis.

The overall objective of Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan is to contribute to a sustainable, equitable, green, and digital recovery effort, in a manner that complements and supports the Government’s broader recovery efforts.

Ireland’s Plan will do this through a set of 16 investments and 9 reform commitments, to a total value of just under €1 billion, to be supported both by grants from the Recovery and Resilience Facility and national funds.

The Plan includes three priorities:

1.       Advancing the Green Transition;

2.       Advancing and Expanding Digital Reforms and Transformation;

3.       Social and Economic Recovery and Job Creation.

Click here for more information on the Resilience & Recovery Plan for Ireland.

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LIFE Newsletter May 2021

LIFE Programme

Newsletter May 2021, click here


READ: LIFE Newsletter May 2021
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Erasmus+ 2021-2027

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Any public or private body active in these fields can apply for funding to deliver projects that address the programme’s objectives and priorities. Erasmus+ will also support the resilience of education and training systems in the face of the pandemic.

It has four key priorities for 2021-2027: inclusion, active participation, and supporting green and digital transitions.

This year, in order to make the programme more accessible to newcomers, Erasmus+ has introduced a small-scale partnerships option for projects with a shorter duration and simplified administrative requirements. For full details on the different types of projects and activities supported, check out the Erasmus+ 2021 Programme Guide

Léargas is the national contact point for the Erasmus+ programme in Ireland.

READ: Erasmus+ 2021-2027 Press Release
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LIFE Newsletter March

LIFE programme: EU earmarks €121 million for major Integrated Projects

The European Commission has announced that it will invest €121 million in Integrated Projects under the LIFE programme. This is 20% more than last year.  More

Moving forward: the LIFE programme from 2021

What to expect from 2021? The new LIFE programme will now cover nature & biodiversity, circular economy & quality of life, climate change mitigation and adaption and clear energy transition! A call for proposals will be announced in the upcoming months.  More

LIFE platform meeting on financing connectivity: Building the Trans-European Nature Network

The LIFE community of nature restoration practitioners met online to share its experience on how to increase ecological connectivity across European landscapes, and deliver multiple benefits for nature, climate and people. More

EU Green Week 2021 - Become a partner!

If you're a LIFE project working on innovative ideas on Zero Pollution & beyond, this is for you: submit your virtual exhibition stand until 15 April and join us on the quest for a healthier environment. More

Study: Bringing nature back through LIFE

Nature is at a crossroads. We are losing plants and animals at rates far greater than at any other time in recorded history. LIFE projects are helping to counter this decline as can be seen in our new Bringing nature back through LIFE study. More

Have your say on the new EU Consultation on Industrial Emissions

You still have time until 23 March 2021 to share your views on the EU rules on industrial emissions, in particular possible measures to include in revisions to the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Regulation (E-PRTR). More

Your opinion on protecting biodiversity: nature restoration targets under EU biodiversity strategy 
The European Commission will put forward a proposal for legally binding EU nature restoration targets and has has launched an online public consultation on the development. You have time until 5 April 2021. As a key element of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the European Green Deal, restoring Europe’s damaged ecosystems will help to increase biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters. More
Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change
The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. More
LIFE helps Hungary’s forests rise from the ashes
The FIRELIFE team enhanced forest fire awareness and prevention across Hungary. The numbers of fires are sharply down as a result. They also won a LIFE Award for Climate for their efforts. Read the interview with Dr Daniel Nagy. More
LIFE projects to feature prominently at EU Industry Days
Several LIFE projects were showcased during EU Industry Days. This is because they endorse the business case for a greener and more resilient industry. They are creating jobs, helping the EU recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Most importantly, they help the continent to meet the ambitious European Green Deal targets. More
LIFE PlanUp webinar: How green are the national recovery plans?
LIFE project PlanUp is holding a webinar on 23 March that will examine the national recovery and resilience plans (NRRPs) of 10 Member States together with representatives of national civil society organisations. More
Webinar: How to finance the greening of your food chain
SMEunited and the LIFE programme will launch the "Green Perspectives in Food production" leaflet on 24 March from 10am CET. Read more for registration More

READ: LIFE Newsletter March 2021
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Interreg North-West Europe

Interreg North-West Europe has reached preliminary agreement on the priorities of the 2021-27 programme.  Negotiations are still ongoing and the first call is anticipated, but yet unconfirmed, to launch at the end of 2021-early 2022. Keep an eye on the programme’s progress on their dedicated 2021-27 webpages.

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Brexit Adjustment Reserve

The Brexit Adjustment Reserve aims to help counter the adverse economic and social consequences in the Member States and sectors that are worst affected. 

Initial allocations to Member States is valued at €5.4 billion in current prices. The initial allocation proposed for Ireland is more than €1 billion in current prices - almost a quarter of the initial allocation of €4.2 billion that will be made from the Reserve in 2021. Further funding of €1.1 billion in current prices will be made available to the EU-27 in 2024.

Scope and measures supported

The Brexit Adjustment Reserve will be rapid and flexible and will cover expenditure in any Member State over a period of 30 months.

It will be distributed in two rounds:

  • the vast majority through pre-financing in 2021, calculated on the basis of the expected impact of the end of the transition period on each Member State's economy, taking into account the relative degree of economic integration with the UK, including trade in goods and services, and the negative implications on the EU fisheries sector;

  • smaller additional support in 2024, in case the actual expenditure exceeds the initial allocation, thus justifying the need for additional solidarity from the EU.

To qualify for reimbursements from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve, Member States must demonstrate their claim directly relates to Brexit.

The Reserve can support measures such as:

  • support economic sectors, businesses and local communities, including those dependent on fishing activities in the UK waters;

  • support employment, including through short-time work schemes, re-skilling and training;

  • ensuring the functioning of border, customs, sanitary and phytosanitary and security controls, fisheries control, certification and authorisation regimes for products, communication, information and awareness raising for citizens and businesses.


For further information visit the Brexit Adjustment Fund.


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Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme

The Clustering Call for project applications is open from 15th January to 31st March 2021. It is a unique opportunity to diversify and capitalise on outputs and results, further integrating results as well as disseminating their impacts, reaching a wider group of stakeholders with project outputs, supplementary learning and capacity building.

Clustering projects are small projects that combine 2 or more previously successful or ongoing projects. The project size, budget and duration are limited to reflect the nature of the project type, as well as to allow completion within the current programming period.

The Monitoring Committee will decide on Clustering Call applications on 8th June 2021. Further information, guidance and application documentation is available on the Clustering Call page.

An Online Q&A is scheduled on January 27th, at 14:00 CET to discuss potential clustering consortia with NPA Desk officers and other NPA projects.

Registration is mandatory to receive the participation link. Register here before January 22nd, 2021.

NPA notification: Strategic Environmental Assessment public consultation

Between 7th April and 7th May 2021, a public consultation is taking place for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the INTERREG Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2021-2027, which is currently under development.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is an important tool for integrating environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of programmes with a view to promoting sustainable development. It assesses whether implementing the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme is likely to have (significant) effects (positive/negative) on the environment. The SEA offers an opportunity to improve the environmental dimension of the programme during its preparation.

The conclusions of the SEA Report should be seen in relation to the nature of INTERREG programmes, which focus on cooperation and not on hard investments, and the relatively modest size and likely impact of the NPA 2021-2027.

Click here to Participate to the survey

Consultation of the draft Cooperation Programme for the NPA 2021-2027

Organisations with an interest in the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme (NPA) are invited to feedback on the Cooperation Programme, the backbone of the NPA 2021-2027 where the strategic vision, funding priorities and structure are described.

The NPA programme has a tradition of involving regional and project stakeholders in the drafting process, to ensure that the programme’s approach is rooted in the needs of the programme area.

The Programme Planning Group, who is in charge of drafting the Cooperation Programme, is looking for input that can help fine tune the document and form the basis for a well-functioning NPA 2021-2027.

For this reason, the drafting team invites feedback on the draft Cooperation Programme document from a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • NPA projects and former projects
  • Regional Advisory Group members
  • local, regional and national decision makers and other stakeholders from the programme area and neighbouring regions with an interest in regional development and cooperation, including organisations representing indigenous communities
  • other Interreg programmes and ENI programmes with an overlapping geography policy initiatives and international cooperation structures related to the Arctic as well as the Atlantic.

An online survey is open between 22nd April and 7th May allowing interested respondents to provide written feedback on the draft Cooperation Programme for the NPA 2021-2027. Go to the online survey

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URBACT Pilot Call - transfer of UIA practices

URBACT has launched a call for a pilot mechanism to transfer the most successful UIA experiences to other cities facing similar challenges in Europe.

Transferring the bold practices experimented on the ground through UIA to other urban realities across the European Union, is one of the key objectives of the Initiative and its Knowledge Management Strategy. 

With 86 projects ongoing in 20 Member States, UIA is generating thematic and operational knowledge to inspire the design and implementation of future strategies and projects that foster sustainable urban development.

The launch by URBACT of the pilot transfer mechanism falls into this objective. UIA and URBACT are therefore joining forces - with completed innovative projects and a tested transfer method – to transfer the knowledge generated by 17 UIA projects from the first generation of UIA (CALL 1) to urban authorities and local stakeholders facing similar challenges.

Energy transitionurban povertyjobs and skills in the local economy and integration of migrants and refugees will be the main urban challenges foci of this pilot call.

This first pilot mechanism will also be important to draw lessons on how to embed the transferability dimension into future UIA projects within the European Urban Initiative for 2021-2027.

How does it work?

The pilot will finance up to four networks whose aim will be to adapt the UIA innovations and develop an investment plan to fund their implementation. These networks will use the URBACT method of exchange and learning with support from experts and peers to enable the transfer of practice. This means twelve European cities in total, three transfer partners and an UIA city leading this process per network.  

This call is open for urban authorities interested in becoming a Transfer Project Partner from 1st December 2020 to 1st February 2021. The pilot networks will run from March 2021 to September 2022.

Have a look at UIA projects main solutions on the URBACT Market Place and get more information on the URBACT website.

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LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals for NGOs

Pre-information notice on a LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals from NGOs on the European Green Deal

Please be informed that a pre-information notice on the LIFE 2020 Call for Proposals for NGOs on the

European Green Deal has been published on the Commission’s LIFE website:

The slide presentations and the video recording of the NGO4GD webinar are now available at the event announcement and a recording of this and other events at the LIFE Programme YouTube Channel 

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Regional Development & Cohesion Policy Post-2020: The New Framework 

Note: most 2014-20 funding programmes have closed their calls.  The European Commission, with Member States, are preparing for the new programming period 2021-27. 

Focus on five investment priorities, where the EU is best placed to deliver EU investments in 2021-27:

  1. Smarter Europe, through innovation, digitisation, economic transformation and support to small & medium-sized businesses
  2. Greener, carbon free Europe, implementing the Paris Agreement and investing in energy transition, renewables and the fight against climate change
  3. more Connected Europe, with strategic transport and digital networks
  4. more Social Europe, delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights and supporting quality employment, education, skills, social inclusion and equal access to healthcare
  5. Europe closer to citizens, by supporting locally-led development strategies and sustainable urban development across the EU.

Regional development investments will strongly focus on objectives 1 & 2.

65% to 85% of ERDF and Cohesion Fund resources will be allocated to these priorities, depending on Member States’ relative wealth.

Click here for more information on the 2021-27 roadmap.

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