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Under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the unprecedented EU response to the crisis triggered by the pandemic, Bulgaria was initially allocated €6 267.3 million in grants. In accordance with Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2021/241 (the RRF Regulation), on 30 June 2022, the European Commission recalculated the maximum grant amounts for all Member States; this resulted in a cut for Bulgaria of just over 9 % and a new total of €5 690 million. The country's national recovery and resilience ...

The implementation timetable for cohesion policy is defined largely by its legislative framework. In order to be able to plan parliamentary work and exercise systematic scrutiny of policy implementation and of the Commission’s work, it is essential to have an overview of the timing of different steps in policy implementation in the coming years. This type of briefing was first published (and subsequently updated) in 2014 covering the 2014-2020 programming period. This version includes the policy ...

The principle of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is a central pillar of the EU's efforts to enhance the effectiveness of development cooperation. It represents both a legal and a political commitment for the EU institutions and the Member States. This report includes an in-depth analysis on PCD and the summary of the debate held during a workshop on the same topic, which brought together MEPs, representatives of EU and international organisations and civil society. The workshop aimed to ...

In June 2021, the European Commission unveiled its vision on how to boost the development of the EU's rural areas by 2040. The European Parliament decided to draw up an own-initiative report on the issue. The report by Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) is due for a plenary vote in December.

The 8th Cohesion Report, published by the European Commission in February 2022, paints a mixed picture of cohesion policy. On the one hand, since the 2008 financial crisis and the contraction of public spending, cohesion policy has played an increasing role in maintaining territorial integrity and public services. On the other hand, many less developed and middle-income regions, especially in the southern and south-western parts of Europe, are stagnating or falling behind. The report highlights that ...

Technical Support Instrument: main features

In-Depth Analysis 24-11-2022

In order to help national authorities in improving their capacity to design, develop and implement reforms, including those covered by recovery and resilience plans, the European Parliament and the Council adopted on 10 February 2021 a regulation establishing a Technical Support Instrument. The Instrument may finance a broad range of technical assistance actions referring to policy areas related to cohesion, competitiveness and others, with specific emphasis on digital and just green transitions. ...

This Background Analysis covers the main novelties and changes that came with the revision of the AVMSD by Directive (EU) 2018/1808. It presents implementation issues concerning the application of the country-of-origin principle, new rules on VSPs as well as for the promotion of European works and discusses questions of coherency and consistency of the regulatory framework before closing with an overview of further relevant aspects.

This At a glance note summarises the study on The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine on EU cohesion Part II: Overview and outlook. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and a range of mega-trends affect Europe’s pathway and exacerbate vulnerabilities for many places and societal groups. They risk accelerating disparities between places and people. Cohesion Policy proved to be a highly flexible instrument, reacting quickly and effectively against the effects ...

This note presents the main features of the Recovery and Resilience Facility relevant for scrutiny by the European Parliament, namely its financing; the Recovery and Resilience Plans and the framework for their assessment; and EU level governance of the RRF, in terms of both its implementation and monitoring and oversight . It also highlights the changes the Facility is bringing to the European Semester.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and a range of mega-trends affect Europe’s pathway and exacerbate vulnerabilities for many places and societal groups. They risk accelerating disparities between places and people. Cohesion Policy proved to be a highly flexible instrument, reacting quickly and effectively against the effects of the pandemic. For the 2021-27 period it seems programmes are adopting a ‘back to normality’ approach. To address cohesion challenges ahead and ensure ...