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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 (either a dedicated website, or as part of an existing 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

If your project receives funding from the LIFE programme, you must display the LIFE logo in all your communication on the project, e.g. on websites, social media and noticeboards, in print material and presentations.

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

Following the challenges of dispatching stickers and flags during the pandemic, we are setting up a new system of distribution:

  • All LIFE19 and LIFE20 projects will receive 2 LIFE flags and a set of stickers per project in the coming months. There is no need to send a dedicated request.
  • A limited number of LIFE flags and stickers are also available for projects from previous years, to increase the visibility of the EU funding. To request them, please send an email to life-comm@neemo.eu.

Natura 2000 logo

Disclaimer

Please use a disclaimer whenever using the funding logo.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of (name of the implementing partner) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union.

Slightly modified versions of this disclaimer may be used - get in touch with us!

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 and LinkedIn.

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