EU funds earmarked for green projects
Networks of local authorities wishing to promote sustainable urban development can apply to the European Commission until 31 March 2004 for financial aid under an EU framework programme. A final tranche of €4.75m is available, out of a total €14m package for the 2001-04 period. Projects should "encourage the conception, exchange and implementation of good practices". Under a separate scheme, environmental protection proposals may attract funding in the amount of €1.3m until 7 May 2004. The Commission has also released a handbook to provide guidance on environmental project funding. See Commission's environmental funding page.