STELLA and the evaluation of LIFE+ proposals

STELLA and AGRECO have assisted the European Commission in evaluating the LIFE+ proposals submitted under the 2012 and 2013 call for proposals. 

LIFE+ is the EU’s Financial Instrument for the Environment.  The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to implementing, updating, and developing EU environmental policy and legislation.  The programme provided two kinds of co-financing:

  1. LIFE+ Action grants financing pilot or demonstration projects with European-added value to support the implementation of EU environmental policy.  The LIFE+ Action grants co-financed actions in three areas: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity; LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance; and LIFE+ Information and Communication.  The overall budget for project action grants under LIFE+ was €276 million in 2012 and €281 million in 2013.
  2. LIFE+ Operating grants financing the normal operating expenses of European environmental NGOs.  The overall budget for NGO operating grants under LIFE+ was €9 million annually.

STELLA and AGRECO managed a team of more than 100 experts who evaluated more than 1,000 proposals annually submitted under the calls for proposals for LIFE+ action grants and NGO operating grants.  Within the limits allowed by the thematic and national allocation rules of the LIFE+ Regulation, the principle of equal treatment between all proposals was strictly applied, as well as objectivity and confidentiality.  The evaluation process included different phases: technical selection, award, eligibility and admissibility, financial selection, and revision.  The LIFE+ Committee takes the final decision on which actions are to be co-financed. 

STELLA has been actively involved within the LIFE Programme over the past 12 years.  In addition to the evaluation of proposals, we have previously assisted DG Environment in monitoring LIFE projects and organising annual LIFE+ Information sessions in all 27 Member States. 

For more information about the LIFE+ Programme, visit the LIFE website.

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