On Thursday (March 11), the European Commission reminded seven countries to submit their recovery plans by the end of April for European funding.
Last week, 20 of the 27 member states had already submitted their provisional national stimulus plan to the European Commission. Seven countries are still missing: Austria, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Estonia and the Netherlands.
This was underlined by Valdis Dombrovsky, Vice President of the European Commission, during his discussions with the European Parliament on the National Plans of the Member States. Projects can only be implemented with the support of community partners and civil society at each stage of the process “This is why Brussels has assured that these actors will be adequately involved in the proceedings.
“The Recovery and Resilience Facility has strict rules in this regard”, He said, The project should include a summary of consultations with stakeholders, e.g., local and regional authorities, community partners, civil society organizations, and youth movements.
Salon m. Dombrovsky,It’s not just a matter of public consultation. ” Above all, it is to convert the suggestions and contributions of the participants into national projects.
«Member States should explain how the plans prepared reflect the views of the participants. This is clear when considering the scope and objectives of the Recovery and Resilience Facility. Therefore, member states need to highlight how plans can be made to improve consensus, taking into account regional, regional and national differences. ” He added.
«The involvement of local and regional authorities, community partners and civil society will also be crucial for the implementation of the plans in the years to come. ” The European Commerce Commissioner underlined, “It is essential that these ambitious goals lead to solid ventures that benefit people and businesses. ”
“The European Commission is currently working tirelessly with member states to assist them and finalize their national plan as soon as possible.”Therefore, the first payments of European funds will be made from July.
The Antonio Costa government, which has already submitted the first proposal for a stimulus plan to the European Commission in October 2020, has been in discussions with the executive about the final details of the plan, since the conclusion of the public consultation in Portugal. It is expected to be officially unveiled in Brussels in the coming weeks.
The Portuguese provisional plan includes 36 reforms and 77 investments in the social, climate and digital sectors, in the form of non-refundable grants of 13. 13.9 billion.
Lisbon will play a key role in the process of approving 27 national projects at the European level, with Portugal holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union until June 30, 2021.
Block representatives revealed that Brussels has given priority to member states not to present their project until the violin is tuned in with the European Commission, so the approval process can move forward quickly.Luca.