The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a new project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. It does so through strengthening across-border dialogue and cooperation as well as exchange of knowledge and experience.
Specifically, projects supported within the EUKI need to contribute to the following objectives:
- Strengthening knowledge and awareness raising of the reasons for climate change and the ecological, social and economic opportunities connected with climate action
- Fostering the exchange of good practices, transfer of knowledge and experience and building of networks in order to support transformative processes and favorable framework conditions for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
- Building a bridge to EU support programmes by capacity development as well as concept and project development to leverage European funds into innovative and progressive climate action.
Target groups of individual bilateral and multilateral measures are governments, municipalities, consumers, civil society, academic and educational institutions and businesses. The primary focus will be on collaborating with Central, Eastern and Southern European EU member states.
The EUKI is based on two pillars: The first pillar consists of BMUB tenders along main policy priorities. The second pillar consists of financing of projects selected based on a competition for project ideas submitted by non-profit organisations.
The 2017 call for project ideas has been completed. 22 projects have been selected and are currently starting with implementation.
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