Indicative planning for Life Call 2017

The 2017 LIFE Call is provisionally planned to be published on the 28 April 2017.

The indicative planning for the LIFE Call 2017 has been published by the Life Programme of DG Environment. The timetable is the following:

Project type Subprogramme/
priority objective
Traditional projects Climate Action ( LIFE Climate Change Mitigation; LIFE Climate Change Adaptation; LIFE Climate Governance and Information) 07-Sep-17
Traditional projects Environment (ENV - Environment and Resource Efficiency) 12-Sep-17
Traditional projects Environment (NAT - Nature and Biodiversity) 14-Sep-17
Traditional projects Environment (GIE - Environmental Governance and Information) 14-Sep-17
Preparatory Projects Environment 20-Sep-17
Integrated Projects first phase Environment; Climate Action 26-Sep-17
Integrated Projects second phase Environment; Climate Action Mid-March 18
Technical Assistance Projects Environment; Climate Action 07-Sep-17



















Report on LIFE's contribution to employment and the green economy

A group of experts within the LIFE external monitoring team (Neemo) has published a report analysing the LIFE programme’s role in creating green jobs and boosting sustainable economic growth across Europe.

The study - LIFE: Contributing to Employment and Economic Growth - explores LIFE project sustainability (i.e. the viability of project outcomes after the end of financing) and replicability (i.e. the degree to which project outcomes are taken up by other entities).

The report first focuses on the statistical and econometric analysis of LIFE projects in terms of sustainability and replicability potential. It then examines the economic impact of selected LIFE projects under different replication scenarios. The third section highlights the hidden economic potential of LIFE Nature projects thanks to the ecosystem services delivered. The final section presents an overview of recent Green Finance initiatives that can help LIFE project replication.

Key report findings include the quantification of ‘clustering’, with certain countries specialising in LIFE Environment or Nature projects. Concentrations of projects also occur around certain economic sectors. The study reveals the main determinants of project sustainability and replicability, which include the level of innovation, personnel and infrastructure budgets, the amount spent on prototypes, and the number of beneficiaries.

The report concludes that from an initial investment of €2.1 billion (total LIFE project funding from 1991 to 2016), the LIFE Programme has led to the creation of 74 500 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs: 31 000 during project implementation and 43 000 as a result of the first five years of project replication. This was estimated to have contributed €9.3 billion to the European economy. In addition, LIFE Nature projects contribute around €43 billion, when their role in improving ecosystem services is monetarised.

Download: Report on LIFE's contribution to employment and the green economy


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