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Progress report on implementation of the LIFE regulation and evaluation of the action by the Community relating to the environment ACE, MEDSPA, NORSPA, and ACNAT. Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1973/92 establishing a financial instrument for the environment (LIFE). COM (95) 135 final, 12 April 1995

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Proposal for a Brussels, 12.04.1995 COM(95) 135 final 95/0093 (SYN) COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1973/92 establishing a financial insttument \ for the environment (Life) (presented by the Commission) PROGRESS REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIFE REGULATION AND EVALUATION OF THE ACTION BY THE COMMUNITY RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT ACE, MEDSPA, NORSPA AND ACNAT (presented by the Commission) EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM INTRODUCTION 1. The first stage of the Life instrument, which was created by Council Regulation (EEC) No 1973/921 and entered into force on 23 J~ly 1992, comes to a close on 31 December 1995. Under that regulation the Commission undertook to submit to the European Parliament and to the Council: and a progress report on the implementation of Life, and in particular on the use of appropriations (Article 12(4)), a report on the implementation of Regulation (EEC) No 1973/92 (Article 4) a proposal for any adjustments to be made with a view to continuing the action beyond the first phase (Article 14). In producing the document entitled: "Progress report on implementation of the Life Regulation and evaluation of the action by the Community relating to the environment -ACE, MEDSPA, NORSPA and ACNAT" 2 the Commission has met its obligations as regards information on the implementation of Life. This proposal now meets the requirement regarding adjustments to be made to the initial regulation, with a view to continuing the action beyond 31 December 1995. 2. The amendments proposed are based on experience gained in tbe first three years of implementation of the instrument and are designed to improve the efficiency of the instrument by taking account of its specific nature and the principle of subsidiarity and by providing for better visibility of the areas of activity, greater transparency of procedures, simplified operating expenses and better utilizatio

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