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Parliamentary questions
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19 July 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Hélène Laporte (ID)
 Subject: REACT-EU programme

The European Court of Auditors has published an opinion on the impact of the new REACT-EU programme that the Commission is proposing to address the COVID-induced economic crisis.

The programme would deploy EUR 58 billion, of which 5 billion would be made available this year, 42 billion the following year and 11 billion in 2022.

The opinion states that the fund allocation criteria could be distorted in Member States where temporary job retention schemes will remain in place in 2020 and 2021, as in certain sectors in France.

Can the Commission say whether mechanisms will be used to correct any underestimates of the true level of unemployment?

The opinion states that the programme, through providing additional funding in a very short time frame, carries a higher risk of irregularity and fraud.

In order to prevent the fraudulent use of public funds, does the Commission intend to strengthen the programme’s supervisory bodies, and if so, how?

The proposal does not specify when and under what circumstances the temporary powers granted to the Commission would end. Has the Commission issued an opinion on when its additional powers would lapse?

Original language of question: FR
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