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Commission lists LIFE projects for 1999

A brief summary of most of the newly selected projects to be funded by the European Commission's LIFE instrument in 1999 is now available from DG XI's website, at:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/life/home.htm

LIFE is the only EU financial instrument to provide aid for the environ...
A brief summary of most of the newly selected projects to be funded by the European Commission's LIFE instrument in 1999 is now available from DG XI's website, at:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/life/home.htm

LIFE is the only EU financial instrument to provide aid for the environment throughout the Union and in bordering regions. Its general objective is to contribute to the development and implementation of EU environmental policy, by financing specific environmental actions in three sectors: LIFE-Environment, LIFE-Nature, and LIFE-Third Countries. It has a budget 450 million euro for the period 1996-1999.

In 1999, these funds will be divided as follows:

- LIFE-Environment: 65 million euro will finance 152 new projects in areas such as waste management;
- LIFE-Nature: 64.8 million euro will finance 94 new projects, most of which are aimed at conservation of different kinds of natural habitats. Projects proposed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will receive 24% of the total budget, with the remainder going to public authorities, and especially local institutes (many of these projects do, however, involve collaborations with NGOs);
- LIFE-Third Countries: 5% of the LIFE budget is earmarked each year for third countries - outside the EU. Twenty-one new projects have been selected for 1999, including projects from the Mediterranean and Baltic regions. One Algerian project is being supported in 1999 within this action, constituting a 'first' for the country. A presentation of these projects will shortly be available on the LIFE database on the Web.

A new Regulation for LIFE for 2000 to 2006 is currently being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council

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