The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on the Commission Communication "The Mid-term review of the LIFE+ Regulation" COM (2010) 516 final.
Environmental problems continue to represent major challenges to policy makers in Member States, and at the EU level. Much of environmental policy in the Member States is now framed by EU legislation, financial instruments and guidance. Despite over 25 years of EU policy action in the environmental field, problems remain both in terms of the physical challenges but also in the way in which policy is developed and implemented.
As a means of improving the effectiveness of EU funding to address environmental problems, to improve the implementation of EU environmental policy/legislation and to better integrate environmental aspects into other policies, several ideas such as the creation of ‘Integrated Projects’ have been proposed by the European Commission. Moreover, different options have been touched upon concerning the territorial scope of the future instrument, the delivery mechanisms, the management approaches and the main focus of the future instrument.
The Rapporteur on the opinion, Ms Daiva Matonienė (LT/EA), Member of the ENVE Commission of the CoR and Member of Šiauliai City Council, together with her expert, Mr Arunas Grazulis are coming to Brussels and would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for an exchange of views on her opinion.
The consultation will focus on the issues raised by the Rapporteur in the working document. The Rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting. In addition, if you have any position papers touching upon the subject, you are welcome to send them in by email.
The outcome of this consultation will feed into the impact assessment of the future LIFE+ programme, currently under preparation by the European Commission.
This impact assessment will identify both the financial needs and constraints of environmental policies and will highlight the pros and cons of possible policy options for environmental spending in the next programming period, also on the basis of studies on the integration of environmental concerns in EU policy instruments and of evaluations of LIFE and other EU funds. The results of the impact assessment should be available by the third quarter of 2011.
With simultaneous interpretation being provided, you will be able to speak in French, Lithuanian, English while listening into English and Lithuanian.
The consultation will take place at the premises of the Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, room JDE70 at 11:00 – 13:00.
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