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.
LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment.
The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).
The structure of LIFE Programme is articulate in a Multiannual Work Programme, which is dived itself in two Sub-Programmes “Environment” and “Climate Action”. The sub-programme for Environment covers the priority areas: “Environment and Resource Efficiency”, “Nature and Biodiversity” and “Environmental Governance and Information”.
LIFE VITISOM project falls under the “Environment and Resource efficiency” priority area and in particular, its objectives are consistent with the “Resources efficiency, green and circular economy” and “Soil” topics.
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