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Parliamentary question - E-002489/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Ms Ferreira on behalf of the European Commission

    1. The Commission proposal puts forward additional support for measures needed to accelerate the Union’s collective efforts to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels. B y introducing the concept of REPowerEU chapters, the proposal promotes coordination and synergies between the measures supported under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) and those funded by other EU and national sources. When it comes to achieving a greener and carbon-free Europe, the cohesion policy funds and the Recovery and Resilience Facility share similar objectives, ensuring that sufficient funds are dedicated to this objective, with thematic concentration and climate target requirements. Under the current Multiannual Financial Framework, cohesion policy will support decarbonisation and green transition projects with up to EUR 100 billion by investing in renewable energy, hydrogen and infrastructure. Any additional transfers to the RRF — up to 7.5% — should remain voluntary and intervene only if the reforms and investments envisaged under future REPowerEU plans exceed the original 5% flexibility.

    2. The Commission proposal gives the Member States flexibility to choose which delivery tool they deem most suitable for their situation, including when it comes to use of EU funding to achieve the REPowerEU initiatives[1]. With respect to t he cohesion policy and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, then these two complement each other in delivery of their aligned policy objectives in the area of a greener and carbon-free Europe. Member States can take into account that the RRF has a shorter timeframe than the cohesion funds, as well as the fact that the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the Technical Support Instrument can support critical reforms.

    Last updated: 22 September 2022
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