FEDARENE’s response to LIFE online consultation

As there are only a few days left to participate in the LIFE online consultation to help design the 2021-2024 programme, we make the FEDARENE submission available to you.

The general objectives of the post-2020 LIFE programme have been provisionally agreed. The next task is to develop the first Multiannual Work Programme covering the period 2021-2024.

To this end, the targeted consultation on the future of the LIFE programme is now open and all interested citizens and organisations are encouraged to express their views on its priorities, strategies and implementation. This feedback will be taken into account during the preparation of the Multiannual Work Programme for LIFE.

As you might know, starting from 2021, funding for the “Coordination and Support Actions” (CSA) for the transition to renewable energy and increased energy efficiency will be transferred from Horizon to the LIFE programme. This transfer brings a considerable procedural change for beneficiaries as well as potentially a large reduction of the co-financing rate. FEDARENE has been actively advocating on this issue and mobilizing organizations across Europe to do so.

As the LIFE online consultation represents a unique opportunity to raise this issue, FEDARENE has responded and decided to share its input with you. While we welcome the creation of a specific clean energy transition sub-programme, we believe that, in order to contribute to Europe’s efforts towards carbon neutrality, this sub-programme should follow a few conditions:

  1. A co-financing rate above 80% for CSA projects for energy efficiency and renewables (art 10.2 e) as match funding is scarce for this type of projects, small-medium organisations will no longer engage and energy transition progress stop in many areas;
  2. Procedural alignment with Horizon Europe will reduce administration costs for beneficiaries, enable economies of scale for EASME and facilitate synergies;
  3. Direct management by EASME of CSA-energy projects avoiding subcontracting to external bodies enable projects to inform EU policy making for energy transition.

Completing the questionnaire should take no more than 20-25 minutes of your time. It will stay open until 27 April. Have your say now!