Technical support to clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s 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. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

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Technical support to clean energy transition plans and strategies in municipalities and regions


The topic aims to provide local and regional authorities with the necessary capacity, skills and organisational structures to deliver and implement plans and strategies for the clean energy transition (CET).
Local and regional authorities need to commit to and effectively plan and implement the clean energy transition in their territories at an unprecedented level of ambition and pace, tailored to the specific geographical, societal or political context. Local and regional planning should focus on measures in the short, medium and longer term that accelerate the clean energy transition in a just manner, ensuring full alignment with relevant EU and national energy and climate legislation, and contributing to the goals that are set in the specific National Energy and Climate Plans.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should address one or both of the following areas/aspects:

  • Actions should provide technical support to LRAs and build their capacities to deliver ambitious short and medium-term CET plans and strategies for 2030 – with a potential to pave the way for the 2050 carbon neutrality goal – in coherence with the EU energy and climate targets, the Fit-for-55 package, the REPowerEU legislative framework and the National Energy and Climate Plans. Actions should focus on implementing the right mix of activities that will build/increase lasting technical, legal, financial, administrative and social skills among LRAs; for instance, through training programmes for policy-makers and public officers which could be tailored to their specific needs; through the application of innovative solutions for the implementation of integrated CET planning at local and district level, through replication and rollout of best practices and information tools, etc.
  • Actions should aim at creating/reinforcing appropriate organisational structures to support and coordinate the implementation and monitoring of integrated CET plans and strategies within and beyond the administrations. This should include, for instance, the creation of multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams within the LRAs, and/or strengthening the capacity and mandate of associated technical entities such as local and regional energy agencies. Actions should focus on integrated planning processes and strive to include important enabling elements for their implementation, such as: clear political commitment, identification of appropriate resources and financing opportunities, accurate and timely access to relevant data, effective dialogue among different governance levels as well as active engagement of public and private stakeholders, including citizens and/or communities.

Call Total Budget

€8 000 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Expected maximum EU contribution: €1 750 000

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • Private Bodies
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962

EU Contact Point

European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency