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Parliamentary question - E-001556/2023Parliamentary question

Freezing of cohesion funding and its redirection to Italy’s NRPP

Question for written answer  E-001556/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Piernicola Pedicini (Verts/ALE)

Italy was allocated EUR 126 billion within the framework of the cohesion policy for the period 2014-2020 – 75 % of which was earmarked for southern Italy (Il Mezzogiorno). The Italian Government has yet to spend around 70 % of its allocation, and is instead freezing it with a view to redirecting it to other projects that were to be financed under the NRPP, but which will overshoot their 2026 expenditure deadline owing to complications and inefficiency. Diverting cohesion funding – which is only meant to ‘top up’ national funds anyway – is preventing Italy’s southern regions from making investments to reduce the development gap with the rest of the EU.

In view of this, can the Commission state:

Submitted: 15.5.2023

Last updated: 24 May 2023
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