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Green Awards ceremony honours exceptional LIFE projects

Outstanding LIFE projects from the programme's 25-year history were celebrated at the Green Awards ceremony in Brussels on 30 May. A special edition of the annual LIFE awards, the Green Awards singled out projects that have had remarkable effects on the EU's natural environment and in creating green jobs and boosting green growth over the past quarter century. Among them was the LIFE+ project "Conservation of Imperial Eagle and Saker Falcon in key Natura 2000 sites in Bulgaria".

Taking place during EU Green Week, the packed ceremony was attended by people from across the EU, with representatives from local authorities, government agencies, educational institutions, students, private companies, NGOs and volunteers.

The event kicked off with a keynote speech by the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, who noted: "A quarter century is a long time, and over that time [LIFE] has achieved a great deal. It has funded more than 4 000 projects to the tune of over €3 billion." He told attendees that the awards symbolise the Commission's "appreciation for the efforts of thousands, the hard work and dedication of everyone who has contributed to the programme as a whole".

A total of 15 projects were selected as finalists for the hotly contested awards by an expert jury, who looked at their long-term sustainability, communication potential and broader impact on a national, European or global level. Projects were also assessed for innovation, transferability, environmental benefits and improvement of conservation status. The winners were then chosen by public vote on Facebook.
Mr Vella presented awards to the two winners in the Environment category - BREAD4PLA and SOL-BRINE - as well as the victors in the Nature and Biodiversity category - BurrenLIFE and Reintroducción Lince Andalucia. Yvon Slingenberg from the Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action awarded the prizes to the winners of the climate action category, DYEMOND SOLAR and AgriClimateChange.

We are very grateful to everyone who voted for the Bulgarian project on the page of the Facebook event! Your support is our biggest prize!

Green Awards ceremony honours exceptional LIFE projects