Parliamentary questions
12 September 2018
O-000098/2018
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 128
Dubravka Šuica, Nicola Caputo, Arne Gericke, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Stefan Eck, Marco Affronte, Mireille D'Ornano, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 Subject: Mid-Term evaluation of the LIFE programme

On 6 November 2017, the Commission published the Report on the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE). This report assesses the first two years of the LIFE Programme 2014-2020, and makes recommendations for follow-up actions.

1. The publication of the mid-term evaluation report was delayed by four months, but still lacks a great deal of detailed information. Only the projects from the 2014 and 2015 calls have started, and few projects have been completed. Considering that four of the seven years of the LIFE programme have already passed, what key lessons does the Commission draw from this? How can such a delay be explained and made up for?

2. How will the Commission improve the indicator system, especially when it comes to EU added value?

3. How does the Commission intend to provide further information on the implementation of the LIFE programme for the decisions to be taken on the next multiannual work programme (2018-2020) and multiannual financial framework? How does the Commission intend to address the lack of financial resources on the part of beneficiaries and their investment capacity in order to strengthen the replicability of projects’ results?

4. In view of the need to strengthen the impact, sustainability, and/or replicability of existing projects, how will the Commission ensure that they fulfil their potential, particularly as the final evaluation of LIFE+ concluded that the demonstration potential of many projects was often not fully released or exploited?

5. What can be done to improve the communication strategy in terms of target audience and coordination between players?

6. Integrated projects and the complementary dimension of LIFE with other EU policies should be strengthened in future. What will the Commission do to improve synergies between LIFE and other legislation, policies and programmes in the EU?

7. How does the Commission plan to enhance the role of NGOs and civil society actors in proposing, designing and piloting the projects? Is there any possibility to increase the EU’s funding share of LIFE projects for NGOs and civil society actors?

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