Croatia has HRK 155 million at its disposal until 2017 for projects financed from the European Union LIFE Programme and additional funds of more than HRK 7 million have been secured for informing and supporting potential applicants with the aim of having as many quality applications as possible, the Environment and Nature Protection Ministry said on Tuesday.

Since joining the European Union, Croatia has co-financed eight projects from LIFE and in an effort to increase the number of successful applications. The ministry has secured more than HRK 7 million from EU funds for the implementation of a three-year project to strengthen the capacities for national contact points. The aim of the project is more efficient participation in the programme by providing information and support to potential applicants and to increase the absorption of EU grants from LIFE, the ministry noted.

The programme is intended for public bodies, private companies and non-governmental organisations registered in the European Union and a call for applications has been announced for May 19.

LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 4306 projects.

The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

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