The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the largest proportional increase, with a budget of €5.45 billion between 2021 and 2027.* The Commission has integrated climate action into all major EU spending programmes, in particular cohesion policy, regional development, energy, transport, research and innovation, the Common Agricultural Policy as well as the EU's development policy, making the EU budget a driver of sustainability. To implement the Paris Agreement and the commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Commission proposes to raise the level of ambition for climate financing across all EU programmes, with at least 25% of EU expenditure contributing to climate objectives.
The LIFE project LIFE ARCTOS/KASTORIA entitled “Improving conditions of bear-human coexistence in Kastoria Prefecture, Greece - Transfer of best practices” (LIFE09 NAT/GR/000333) received one of three awards for Best of the Best LIFE projects 2018, in the category Nature & Biodiversity. The lifetime of the project was from October 1, 2010 to 30 September 2015.
It implemented a series of actions and applyed specific measures aimed primarily at:
-Eliminate the phenomenon of road accidents involving bears in the road network of Kastoria and, of course, increase road safety for drivers
-Addressing incidents of bears approaching populated areas
-Dissemination of implementing measures to prevent damage to the rural environment by bears and improve the conditions of human coexistence with wildlife in the prefecture of Kastoria
-Increasing/enhancing public awareness on these issues
For further information, please visit the project's website.
Brussels, 28 May 2018
Questions & Answers
Why is the Commission proposing a new Directive to tackle marine litter?
More than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules that target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. These products are the biggest part of the problem. Together they constitute 70% of all marine litter items.
Due to its slow decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residues are found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain. While plastics are a convenient, adaptable, useful and economically valuable material, they need to be better used, re-used and recycled. When littered, the economic impact of plastics encompasses not just the lost economic value in the material, but also the costs of cleaning up and losses for tourism, fisheries and shipping.