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Communication and GDPR rules

Communication is an important part of EU-funded projects. LIFE programme beneficiaries have a number of obligatory and recommended communication requirements which are listed in detail below.

Website

All LIFE projects are required to have a web presence (usually dedicated webpages as part of an existing website, or in justified cases a stand-alone website). It should provide details of the project's objectives, actions, progress and results, and it should feature the LIFE logo (and Natura 2000 logo for projects in Natura 2000 sites). 

The website needs to be online within 6 months of the start of the project and should be updated regularly. The beneficiary is obliged to keep the website online for 5 years after the project ends.

Examples of effective project websites:

Noticeboards

Also known as on-site panels or interpretation boards, noticeboards describing the project should be displayed in strategic places accessible to the public.

The LIFE logo should always appear on them. For projects which take place in Natura 2000 sites or promote the Natura 2000 network, the Natura 2000 logo should also appear.

LIFE logo

Communication activities of the beneficiaries related to the action (including media relations, conferences, seminars, information material, such as brochures, leaflets, posters, presentations, etc., in electronic form, via traditional or social media, etc.), dissemination activities and any infrastructure, equipment, vehicles, supplies or major result funded by the grant must acknowledge EU support and display the LIFE flag and funding statement "Co-funded by the European Union" (translated into local languages, where appropriate)

The logo colours are: 

  • Blue: #004494; C 100, M 80, Y 0, K 0; R 0, G 68, B 148
  • Yellow: #ffed00; C 0, M 0, Y 100, K 0; R 255, G 237, B 0

    Natura 2000 logo

    Disclaimer

    Please use a disclaimer whenever using the funding logo.

    Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

    Networking

    Projects are obliged to network with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects.

    Networking activities can include visits, meetings, information exchange, and/or other such activities with an appropriate number of other relevant LIFE projects (ongoing or completed).

    It may also include similar exchanges with other non-LIFE projects and/or participation in information platforms related to the project objectives (including at international level where justified).

    Examples of effective networking

    Social media

    We also encourage you to share news and stories about your LIFE project with us through our social media channels - Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

    You can also send an email to CINEA-COMMUNICATION-LIFE@ec.europa.eu to inform us about your news or provide any material you may have (press releases, photos, videos, graphics, etc.)

    At the end of your project

    At the end of a LIFE-funded project, beneficiaries have to:

    • Present the results of their project in a Layman's report, and
    • Set out, in the After-LIFE plan, how they will continue to communicate the results after the end of the project.

    Data protection

    As of 25 May 2018, anyone who collects or in any way uses for professional purposes personal data of individuals must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    Further advice and guidance