The LIFE programme

The BrennerLEC project was a project co-funded by the LIFE 2014-2020 program of the European Commission, which started in September 2016 and ended in September 2021.

LIFE 2014-2020 was the European Programme for the Environment and Climate Action, for the period from January 2014 until December 2020. The legal basis was the Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 (hereinafter “the LIFE Regulation”). This LIFE Programme was structured in two sub-programmes: the sub-programme for environment and the sub-programme for climate action.

The sub-programme for environment covered three priority areas: - LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
- LIFE Nature and Biodiversity
- LIFE Environmental Governance and Information

The thematic priorities for each priority area are further described in Annex III to the LIFE Regulation. The sub-programme for climate action covers three priority areas: - LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
- LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
- LIFE Climate Governance and Information

The overall financial envelope for the implementation of the LIFE Programme was EUR 3.457 Billion, 75% of which is allocated to the sub-programme for environment (EUR 2,592,491,250).

During the period 2014-2020, the Contracting Authority launched one call for LIFE project proposals per year. LIFE was open to public or private bodies, actors or institutions registered in or, exceptionally, outside the European Union. Project proposals could either be submitted by a single applicant or by a partnership which includes a coordinating beneficiary (the applicant) and one or several associated beneficiaries.