Transparency, the rule of law, energy autonomy: the EP assesses the Recovery

European Parliament - Photo credit: Photo by Udo Pohlmann of Pixabay In a report approved on June 23, MEPs call for transparency in the use of Recovery funds to prevent abuse and double funding. Focus on green and digital as well: recovery plans must help increase the Union’s strategic independence, Parliament said.

The PNRR in 2022: the point of calls and objectives

In view of the Commission’s review of the application of the Ease of Recovery and Resilience – RRFscheduled for 31 July, the European Parliament calls for PNRR funds to be used transparently and for resources to be used to protect European values ​​and ensure the strategic autonomy of the Old Continent.

In the report approved with 420 votes in favor, 90 against and 83 abstentions, MEPs raise a number of key questions about the use of European recovery funds.

Avoid double funding and abuse

The first concerns the protection of these funds. According to MEPs, the European Commission should ensure a sound mechanism for the review, monitoring of expenditure, implementation and data management of the resilience and resilience mechanism. The goal is avoid abuse, double funding or overlaps with other European funding programs.

The slogan, in general, is transparency. The Recovery and Resilience Facility for MPs scoreboard should provide background information to citizens on the overall progress of the implementation of the PNRR.

MEPs call for regular monitoring of the implementation of the six pillars of the RFR, as well as the target of 37% green spending and 20% digital spending. EU countries should collect and guarantee access to data on the actual beneficiaries of the companies receiving the funds and on the beneficiaries of the program.

Freeze or recover funds already disbursed if the rule of law is not respected

But it’s not just about funds. Since the embryonic stage of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, the European Parliament has insisted on the importance of linking access to European funds with with respect to the rule of law. The regulation of the RRF makes it clear that only member countries committed to respecting the rule of law and the fundamental values ​​of the European Union will be able to receive funding under the Facility.

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A point also emphasized in the report adopted on 23 June, in which MEPs emphasized that the rule of law, the protection of EU securities and the sound financial management of European funds require continuous evaluation throughout the cycle. of life of the RRF. And, adds the Eurocamera, it should be possible to freeze or recover funds already disbursed in the event of default to these criteria.

Although it is not written in black and white, it is clear that the light of the European Parliament is on Poland that in recent months he risked not receiving the green light in his Recovery Plan due to a dispute open to the EU Executive for non-compliance with the ruling of European judges on a disciplinary body of judges, considered incompatible with the European treaties on how not autonomous. of the government.

Although the problems of the rule of law in Poland are far from being resolved, in recent weeks the Commission has given the green light to the Polish plan. Approval “linked to Poland’s clear commitments on the independence of the judiciary, which must be respected before any effective payments can be made,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The ghost of war and the drive for EU strategic autonomy

Energy and the digital transition are the other macro-issues raised by MEPs in the report. It couldn’t be otherwise.

For MEPs, the investments planned by the Recovery for the double transition should help increase the EU’s autonomy and strategic independence. Above all, they should be reduce the independence of fossil fuel imports.

Beyond strategic priorities, MEPs call more cross-border projectssuch as improving the interconnection of European gas and electricity networks, or the full synchronization of electricity networks.

Therefore, the European Parliament emphasizes the role of the RRF in the implementation of REPowerEU and states that loans available under the Recovery Framework could be used to complement these projects and promote EU investments in energy transition, contributing significantly to the Union’s energy sovereignty.

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In addition, MEPs encourage European countries to harness the full potential of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, including loans, to offset the effects of current and future challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises, healthcare, support for Ukrainian and local and regional refugees. administrations in the effective use of funds.

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