The LIFE programme is the EU’s main funding instrument for the environment and climate action. 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. LIFE began in 1992 and since that time has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment. Find more information about the LIFE programme on the website.
In line with Framework Contract EASME LIFE 2017/028 concluded between the European Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), Stantec and Agreco, independent technical experts are sought to evaluate proposals received under the LIFE Programme.
This call is open to experts of any nationality with a high level of professional expertise in any of the fields listed below. All technical experts should be fluent in English (at least C1 level in the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages) and in at least one other EU official language and have previous experience in assessing and/or managing EU projects. Skills to evaluate the business implications of Close to Market projects are an asset.
- Relevant educational background (e.g. environmental sciences, environmental law, political sciences etc.) and proven professional competence of at least 4 years in EU Member States and/or at the level of the European Union in at least one environmental and/or nature conservation priority area of action of LIFE Environment Governance and Information, including communication principles to target audiences, and;
- Proven experience in evaluating projects in at least one of the priority areas of action of LIFE Environment Governance and Information.
- Roughly, an expert should cover one or more the following thematic areas waste/circular economy, water, resource efficiency, air, chemicals, health, nature and biodiversity, Natura 2000, birds and habitats directive, invasive alien species. This should ideally be coupled with experience in governance, awareness raising and behaviour change or compliance assurance. This will help to evaluate proposals along the priorities as defined in the LIFE MAWP – see below.
In supporting the above specialisms, expertise drawn from a wide range of disciplines including:
- Information and communications technology, in particular those with a knowledge of active dissemination to the public and data-sharing under the INSPIRE Directive, 2007/2/EC
- Land-use planning and environmental assessment
- The preparation of different types of environmental plans and decisions;
- Public consultation processes
- Environmental standard-setting and application
- Environmental labelling and environmental auditing
- Environmental inspections, investigations and other checks
- Environmental liability, prosecutions or other forms of environmental enforcement
- Ombudsman systems
- Environmental litigation and/or of mediation
The LIFE MAWP specifies the below thematic project topics for GIE action grants. The experts will evaluate proposals in these areas:
Information systems, quality of public administration & voluntary approaches
Specialisms in the following sphere of information systems, quality of public administration and voluntary approaches are particularly sought:
- Improving environmental information systems operated by public authorities for electronically collecting, processing, storing and sharing environmental information;
- Improving the capacity and quality of public administration in relation to plans, programmes, analyses, reviews and assessments and/or to permits, derogations, and other decisions on specific activities, where appropriate also in partnership with private entities, with a view to reducing the administrative burden while optimising environmental outcomes and integrating, where appropriate, nature conservation, and;
- Development, promotion, implementation and/or harmonisation of one or more of the voluntary approaches (third party verification of innovative technologies, environmental footprinting, reuse of products with uptake of recognized ecolabels, fostering uptake of green and circular public procurement, wider use of EMAS, and environmental performance of buildings) and their use by entities aiming at reducing impact on the environment of their activities, products and services.
- Application of new water and wastewater treatment technologies and processes to reduce or eliminate the discharge of emerging pollutants or pathogens to the environment;
- Application of tools to support the resource efficient provision of water services to rural communities that meet the requirements of both the Drinking Water and the Urban Waste Water Directives, and;
- Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of recycled / reclaimed water solutions and/or treatment options, through alternative concepts to the water / wastewater treatment and disposal cycle, source control methods related to the discharge of emerging pollutants or pathogens to wastewater collection systems, innovative means of developing and trialing new approaches, and, improving use of water, energy and resources in industrial production as well as water / wastewater systems.
Environmental compliance assurance & access to justice
Specialisms in the following sphere of environmental compliance assurance and access to justice are particularly sought:
- Implementation of environmental compliance assurance through cross-border, national or regional risk-based strategies to promote, check and enforce compliance through use of a mix of administrative law, criminal law and environmental liability covering waste crime, wildlife trafficking, wildlife and nature crime, water pollution and/or illegal water abstractions and point and mobile sources of air pollution;
- Implementation of environmental compliance assurance through cross-border, national or regional networks of environmental compliance assurance practitioners or experts and/or improving professional qualifications and training to improve compliance with binding EU environmental instruments, through promoting, checking and enforcing compliance using a mix of administrative law, criminal law and environmental liability;
- Development and use of innovative risk based tools and actions to promote, monitor and enforce compliance through the use of tools and actions belonging to one or more of the following categories: compliance promotion systems and techniques, systems and techniques for effective monitoring of compliance and systems and techniques for effective follow-up and enforcement where required;
- Implementation of systems to improve the handling by public authorities of environmental complaints and submissions from the public to optimise the reliability of the information provided, to facilitate inter-action between authorities and the public, to minimise administrative burden, and contribute to the successful implementation of binding EU environmental instruments, and;
- Implementation of schemes to promote access to justice in environmental matters and/or mediation amongst the public, NGOs, lawyers, the judiciary, public administrations or other stakeholders to improve knowledge, understanding and application of these approaches to address environmental disputes, with a particular focus on health and well-being, protecting nature, biodiversity and water quality and application of the Environmental Liability Directive.