LIFE+ is the new financial instrument for the environment, which has a total budget of 2,143 million euros for the period 2007-2013.
During that period, the Commission will launch an annual call for proposals of LIFE+ projects.
In the first call of the LIFE+ 2007, the Commission received over 700 proposals from public and private agencies from all 27 EU Member States.
Of these, 143 were selected for financing by means of the three components of the new program: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication.
Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said:
"I am impressed by the variety and quality of proposals submitted this year. The selected projects will not only have an impact on the environment but also serve as an example for others to apply the same techniques. "
Spain is the second Member State in which Brussels has selected a growing number of initiatives, behind Italy (26 projects), but well ahead of Germany (11), France (8) or UK (6).
The European Commission will fund Spain with 28.7 million in the program 'LIFE+' in the 1st call 2007' ‘
LIFE+ 2007 published on 28/10/2008 the approval in Spain of 23 environmental projects. All across the Europe, the EU will grant 186 million euros to 143 projects in this call.
Spanish RECYSHIP is the most important project of the 1st European call LIFE+ 2007 and heads the list of projects approved in Spain.