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Parliamentary questions
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3 February 2021
Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005894/2020

The idea of a green bonus was mentioned as a possibility to be explored in the context of the ongoing review of various state aid rules and the general debate on how competition rules can best support the Green Deal. At this stage, the Commission has not taken any decision on the introduction of a green bonus or any other types of bonuses.

Ensuring the necessary public and private investments in the digital transition is a key priority for the Commission. The EU aims to become a digital global leader, setting technical and ethical standards to ensure a widespread, responsible and secure use of digital technologies going further. This would create a proper regulatory environment, which incentivises digital investment and contributes to its security. Cooperation between the Commission, Member States and the private sector is essential in this regard. In addition to the regulatory responsibility taken by the Commission, effective competition enforcement will ensure a well-functioning Single Market and create significant business opportunities for the private sector. In addition, there are several funding opportunities offered through EU programmes such as InvestEU, Digital Europe Programme, Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon Europe. Investment is also promoted by the Recovery and Resilience Facility, which reserves 20% of total funds for the digital transition.

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