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Environmental and natural conservation in the 2014-2020 LIFE Program

In terms of sustainability, the development and conduct of environmental policies and environmental law is being supported by the EU.  The program 2014-2020 LIFE is divided into two sections:

CREATIVE EUROPE Program 2014-2020

On behalf of the European Commission, the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has published the paperwork from the first round of applications in the new program CREATIVE EUROPE. Applicants can receive financial support in the sub-program CULTURE for small and large cooperation projects, European networks, European platforms, and for projects to translate works of fiction:

  • European cooperation projects
    These should help make European culture and creativity more effective internationally, finance the mobility of industry stakeholders, support the international spread of cultural works, address new audiences, and test innovations in cultural fields.
  • European network funding
    These should support organization mergers that represent cultural and creative sectors and aim to strengthen the national and transnational networking and capacities of the sectors in order to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity as well as the competitiveness of the sector.
  • European platforms
    These should support cultural and creative organizations that finance the development of young talent and the transnational mobility of cultural and creative stakeholders as well as the spread of works in order to comprehensively influence the cultural and creative sectors and aim for long-lasting effects.
    Here translations of fictional works of literature that support the cultural and linguistic diversity in the European Union and its neighboring countries will continue to be supported, and the international spread of literary works along with access to them will be improved by developing new audiences.

The cultural contact point for Germany is the national contact center for the European funding program Creative Europe.

Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC)

This agency was founded in 2005 as the "Executive Agency for the Health Program" and was converted into the "Executive Agency for Health and Consumers" in 2008. The EAHC is implementing the programs for health and consumer protection and the initiative "Better Schooling for Safer Food" with various measures.

Program for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)

The new program for competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs, which will run from 2014-2020, will be a financing instrument that will in essence continue the measures of the current program for competitiveness and innovation (CIP).

The general goals of the program are as follows:

  • Improve SME access  to financing in the form of investments and loans: First, an equity facility will be made available to the SME for investments during the growth phase. Financial intermediaries will allocate reimbursable investment capital - mostly in the form of venture capital - aimed at commercial goals. Second, within the scope of credit facility, loans via direct agreements or other risk-sharing agreements will be secured for the SME.
  • Facilitate access to markets within the EU and worldwide: Growth-oriented support services for enterprises will be made available via the Enterprise Europe Network in order to facilitate enterprise expansion in the domestic market. As a part of this program, the business activities of SMEs outside of the EU will also be supported. Furthermore, international industrial cooperation will also be promoted, especially where it deals with reducing differences in regulation and business environments between the EU and its main trading partners.
  • Funding entrepreneurial initiatives: Some of these measures include developing entrepreneurial skills and attitudes, especially among junior entrepreneurs, young people, and women.


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The ERDF is a structural fund with three goals:


European Social Fund for Germany (ESF)

The ESF is a structural fund with four goals:


PROGRESS (Directorate General for Employment, Social Issues, and Integration)

The financing instrument PROGRESS supports the development and coordination of EU policies in five fields: