One possible funding opportunity for the Iron Curtain Trail is the EU programme LIFE+.

With a budget of €2.143 billion for the period 2007-2013), it is a limited but focused funding instrument providing specific support for the development and implementation of Community environmental policy and legislation. It comprises three components:

Latest news about LIFE+

The European Commission has just published a call for proposal within the funding programme LIFE+ 2007-2013 that offers funding opportunities for environmental projects. Proposals related to the environmental dimension of the Iron Curtain Trail and the Green Belt should consider applying.

More information is available here.

LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity
LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance
LIFE+ Information & Communication

At least 78% of LIFE+ will be for the co-financing of project action grants, of which at least 50% will be for nature and biodiversity projects.

Only expenditure in EU27 countries is eligible at present, although the future participation of certain third countries is possible if supplementary appropriations are received (see Article 8 of the LIFE+ Regulation).

The Commission will organise the annual call for proposals and, with the help of external experts, will select, revise and monitor the projects and be responsible for making the appropriate payments. Member States will forward the project proposals to the Commission, may set national priorities and objectives (from 2008 onwards) and may prepare comments on proposals, in particular in relation to national annual priorities.


European Commission General Directorate Environment D.1 LIFE+ - BU-9 02/1 B-1049 Bruxelles

Tel.: 00 32 2 296 95 56 Fax: 00 32 2 292 17 87

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(source: official website of the European Commission)