Has the environment component of the LIFE programme been effective
Special Report No 15, 2013
'LIFE' is the EU’s long running programme for directly funding the environment. Its main objective is to contribute to the development of EU environmental policy. Part of the programme co-finances innovative or demonstrative environmental projects, and with a relatively limited budget, effectiveness depends on whether funded projects serve as catalysts for environmental change. The current report examines whether this part of the LIFE programme was operating effectively. The Court found weaknesses which significantly reduced the leverage of the programme in developing EU environmental policy:... poor targeting of resources; insufficient justification of assessments of project selection and implementation; and poor dissemination and monitoring of project results. The report makes specific recommendations for the Commission to improve the design and implementation of the programme, in order to achieve its fundamental catalytic role for environmental policy.