Greek LIFE Task Force - LIFE Capacity Building

Call for expression of interest for SME support organisations

Boosting the circular economy amongst SMEs in Europe The European Commission invites organisations who engage with and support SMEs (e.g. sector associations, industry associations, SME umbrella organisations or networks, chambers of commerce) in the European Union to put themselves forward if they are interested in receiving training from: KPMG, Ecofys, CSR Netherlands and CSR Netherlands regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy.The trainings will be focused on helping you to establish a programme to deliver support on the topic of circular economy to your members.

The content of the trainings can be tailored towards your specific needs/the needs of your organisation. Topics which you can expect to be addressed in the training are: EU financial instruments to finance circular solutions (e.g. Horizon 2020, Life), EU non-financial instruments to help promote circular solutions (e.g. EU Ecolabel, EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), EU Environmental Technology Verification scheme (ETV), green public procurement (GPP), indicators for construction sector) and circular business models (e.g. leasing). The training sessions are expected to take place during Q1 of 2018.

The offer: Capacity building in the form of digital training materials Two-days training session on how to extend services to SMEs regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy Your benefits: State-of-the-art and tailored content in the trainings On-site training Improved service provision to your SMEs Your SMEs can benefit from circular economy solutions, including cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance What is expected from you if you participate: Time investment to participate in different training modules Implementation plans to bring the gained knowledge to SMEs.

Green Awards Vote

On 30 May, 2017 a special Green Awards ceremony will take place in Brussels. The European Commission has selected 15 representative projects to illustrate the impact of LIFE in the past years.

It’s your turn now! Vote for your favourite project per category (Environment – Nature -Climate) on Facebook until 10 May 2017.

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Slovenia – LIFE International networking conference

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LIFE International networking conference

Environment needs LIFE for the next 25 years

In the context of the project LIFE Capacity Building Slovenia the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning is organising the LIFE international networking conference entitled “Environment needs LIFE for the next 25 years”, which will take place 25 th and 26 th May 2017 in European Union House, Ljubljana, Slovenia and at Škocjanski zatok Natural Reserve, Koper, Slovenia.

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European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse

Brussels, 7 April 2017

Today, the European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, takes concrete steps to address regulatory barriers to innovation by signing the first Innovation Deal on “Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse”.

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New Focus on LIFE and the Circular economy

APRIL 7, 2017

LIFE has published a new Focus brochure on one of the greatest environmental, social and economic challenges of the next 30 years – the transition to a circular economy.

In his foreword to the brochure, Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, sets out the challenge ahead: “Europe needs to move

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Co-funding available for close-to-market environment and climate solutions

Your company is working on a solution that benefits the climate or the environment?

Check the EU’s LIFE programme: You might be eligible to receive up to 60% co-financing.

The European Commission will launch a new call for proposals under the LIFE programme on 28 April, with application deadlines in September 2017.

Nearly €260 million in funding will be available for environment and climate projects (“traditional projects”).

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Natura 2000 needs better management, financing and monitoring according to EU auditors

Improvements are needed in the management, financing and monitoring of Natura 2000, the EU’s flagship biodiversity programme, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. While recognising that Natura 2000 plays an important role in protecting biodiversity, the auditors found shortcomings in management and a lack of reliable information on costs and financing. Funding was not sufficiently tailored to the needs of environmental sites.

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Participation of the Greek LIFE Task Force in the LIFE15 Integrated Projects PLATFORM meeting in Finland

Integrated projects LIFE (LIFE IP) refer to projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental/climate action plans, strategies or roadmaps required by specific Union environmental/climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States’ authorities. These type of projects need to involve all relevant stakeholders and promote the coordination with and mobilization of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source.

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