Framework Contract for assistance and technical support for the evaluation of LIFE proposals (2014-2018)

EU -28

European Commission/DG Environment

The purpose of the framework contract is to provide assistance and technical support for the evaluation and revision of the proposals submitted for financing by the LIFE Programme designed by the EU for the Environment and Climate Action for the period 2014-2020, contributing to sustainable development and the achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the relevant Union environment and climate strategies and plans. LIFE covers both the operational expenditure of DG Environment and DG CLIMA (including expenditure delegated to EASME) and the co-financing of LIFE grants, both action grants and Non-Profit making entities (NGO) operating grants.

The services provided include assistance and technical support for the evaluation and revision of the proposals submitted under the (i) annual calls for action grants under LIFE; and (ii) calls for proposals for the award of annual operating grants or framework partnership agreements with European Environmental NGOs under LIFE, meeting the objectives of the LIFE Programme:

(a) to contribute to the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and climate- resilient economy, to the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment and to halting and reversing biodiversity loss, including the support of Natura 2000 network and tackling the degradation of ecosystems;

(b) to improve the development, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental and climate policy and legislation, and to act as a catalyst for, and promote, the integration and mainstreaming of environmental and climate objectives into other Union policies and public and private sector practice, including by increasing the public and private sector's capacity;

(c) to support better environmental and climate governance at all levels, including better involvement of civil society, NGOs and local actors;

(d) to support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.