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Πρόταση κανονισμού για τη θέσπιση Προγράμματος για το Περιβάλλον και τη Δράση για το Κλίμα (LIFE)

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Opinion Number: CDR 3653/2018
Rapporteur: 
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 09/10/2018
 
Support the continuity and the new edition of the LIFE Programme;
Ensure that climate objectives will account for 25% of the MFF budget;
Increase the budget envelop from 5,450,000,000 € to 6,780,000,000 € for the whole Programme;
Keep the same levels of co-financing of the local and regional authorities as in similar actions currently under LIFE and Horizon 2020;
Emphasise project quality, avoiding binding, geographically-determined advance allocations and demands that the levels of co-financing of the local and regional authorities are not decreased in future calls for proposals;
Draw the attention to outermost regions and to border regions, requesting the EGTCs to be mentioned as eligible entities assimilated to consortia;
Include financing projects of awareness and governance, including networks and initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS:

- welcomes the proposal by the European Commission which, acknowledges the success of the LIFE programme and the European added value generated thus far;

- welcomes the specific reference to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and that it helps to ensure that climate objectives will account for 25% of the MFF budget;

- approves the proposal to increase the budget for the LIFE programme under the MFF by 60%. Points out, however, that this budget increase corresponds in part to an extension of areas eligible for funding; therefore, the Committee hopes a further increase could be considered, compatible with the general MFF proposal;

- is concerned that the funds available to local and regional authorities for projects linked to climate and energy transition policies may suffer an overall reduction in the forthcoming MFF;

- welcomes the decision to emphasise project quality, avoiding binding, geographically-determined advance allocations and demands that the levels of co-financing of the local and regional authorities are not decreased in future calls for proposals;

- proposes specific measures for staff and VAT costs;

- draws the attention to outermost regions and to border regions, requesting the EGTCs to be mentioned as eligible entities assimilated to consortia;

- stresses on financing projects of awareness and governance, including networks and initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors;

- considers that the LIFE Committee should not abolished.

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Stakeholders consultation on LIFE Programme

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on the proposal for a regulation establishing a programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013.

To discuss the topic of the opinion the Rapporteur Mr Marco DUS (IT/PES), member of the municipal council of Vittorio Veneto and his expert organize a consultation to stakeholders on:

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 between 14:30 – 17:30
in the Committee of the Regions building
(Rue Belliard 101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 51
The meeting will be held in Italian and English.

The rapporteur strives for the highest possible quality input and widest range of different views for his opinion and we believe your expertise will greatly contribute to achieving this objective. You are invited to participate in the online survey and to upload your position paper, memorandum or analysis in the following link.

The key questions discussed during the meeting are:

a) Which is the role that regions and cities should have in the next LIFE programme?

b) Which obstacles have you encountered when implementing LIFE programmes or actions in the past?

c) Which aspects of the proposal of the LIFE Regulation would you change or improve?

The adoption calendar of the opinion follows the abbreviated procedure of rapporteur-general of Rule 43 RoP, as follows:

  • 21 September 2018 (3 pm): Deadline to submit amendments to the draft opinion.
  • 08-10 October 2018: adoption of the final opinion at the CoR Plenary Session.

Please register by Monday 3 September by filling in the registration form available at this link

For more info, please contact enve@cor.europa.eu

 
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