The 2018 call for proposals for LIFE integrated projects drew applicants from 12 countries and produced a list of 19 projects to be evaluated. The projects seek a total of over €184 million in funding to support actions which have an expected budget of over €326 million.
The backlog of money committed under the EU budget but not yet paid out has reached a new high, which could create significant financial risks for the future, according to a new rapid case review by the European Court of Auditors. The value of payments that the European Commission will need to make was €267 billion at the end of 2017 and is set to grow further. The auditors warn that this may restrict the Commission’s ability to manage future needs or settle future payment requests on time.
On 19 March 2019, The European Commission launched the first edition of the RESponsible Island Prize to reward islands for local renewable energy production.