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EU budget proposes increase to environment and waste fund

The EU’s environment and waste fund is set to receive an additional €5m (£4.48m), according to provisional figures for the 2012 EU budget.

The LIFE+ funding instrument, which provides investment for waste projects within member states, will increase funding from £305.7m to £318.7m next year – an increase of 4.3%.

This increase represents “commitment” funding, which the EU is legally bound to honour providing certain conditions are met. Actual cash payments to LIFE+ will increase 1.9% in 2012.

According to a statement of estimates for the 2012 budget, LIFE+ will be spent on financing projects relating to environmental health and waste management, as well as water and biodiversity.

The statement said: “This [investment] entails supporting innovative and demonstrative projects at national, regional and local levels to reduce waste production and greenhouse gas emissions, to increase resource efficiency, to develop clean technologies and to improve air quality management, especially in urban areas.”

LIFE+ has provided funding for 197 projects in the UK since its launch in 1992.

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