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Karl Falkenberg: Co-ordinated action points the way ahead for LIFE
In an address at Green Week in Brussels on 24 May, Karl Falkenberg, Director General of DG Environment, said that integrated projects which co-ordinate actions with other funding streams represent the way forward for the LIFE programme.
Speaking at the session, ’20 years of LIFE – the past, present and future of water policy funding’, Mr Falkenberg said that the limited LIFE budget means that projects will have to use “multiplier effects” to achieve an impact that is not merely local but one that spreads across Member States. The EU will favour cross-border initiatives, while partnerships for research will give access to additional finances, he added.
Mr Falkenberg praised those who set up the LIFE programme 20 years ago, saying that they had a “good understanding of the demonstration potential” of the instrument. He concluded his address by affirming that LIFE should be made a source of knowledge that can help revise policy.