About: EU recovery fund

Portuguese minister: EU countries should start receiving funds by June

Portugal's minister of planning, Nelson de Souza, said on Wednesday (26 February) that member states that have their recovery and resilience plans approved by April should receive the first funds by June.

EU countries back green building renovations, but quiet on binding standards

European Union countries will rally behind the bloc's plan to massively expand building renovations to cut emissions, according to a draft document, but it did not explicitly endorse using legally-binding energy performance standards to do it.

EU Commission warns of disorderly recovery from 2020 crisis

Not all EU countries will recover from the economic losses of 2020 at the same pace, the European Commission said on Monday (22 February), calling for a “strong joint response” from all 27 EU member states.

Concerns raised over green spending as EU moves forward with recovery plan

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has called on EU member states to speed up delivery of their national spending plans in order tap into the EU's €750 billion recovery fund, but concerns have been raised over a lack of transparency on how the money may be spent.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Opposition leader: Romania’s recovery plan further sidelines left-led poor regions

Romania’s proposed recovery plan is economically unbalanced and politically biased as it focuses on investments in rich regions while disregarding poorer areas led by leftist local authorities, the leader of the country's main opposition, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Electric vehicles 03-02-2021

Fleet electrification would cut road transport emissions by 50%, study finds

Electrifying public and private fleets would cut around half of all road emissions in Europe, providing a major boost for the EU’s climate goal and revolutionising clean mobility in Europe, according to a new report by industry group Eurelectric and Ernst & Young (EY).
Economy & Jobs 20-01-2021

Commission demands more precision and ambition in national recovery plans

Member states should include more specific milestones and targets and more ambitious reforms in their recovery plans to access the unprecedented stimulus package to combat the COVID pandemic, the European Commission warned on Tuesday (19 February).
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

Green MEP accuses Germany of ‘setting a bad example’ in its recovery plan

The draft of Germany's recovery plan promises that 80% of the EU recovery funds will go to climate protection and digitalisation, well above the EU's requirements. However, Green MEP Sven Giegold has complained that only a quarter will go to future investments and most of the money is earmarked for old projects.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
 VideoPromoted content

Services of General Interest and their role in the post-COVID19 recovery

While the COVID-19 crisis has significantly highlighted and impacted the services of general interest,  they will be central in landing the green and digital transitions in a fair and inclusive way. On the occasion of their new identity, SGI Europe...
EU Priorities 2020 31-12-2020

Portuguese PM: Time to deliver a fair, green, digital recovery

After a year scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portuguese presidency will seek to deliver on a Europe-wide vaccination plan and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, writes António Costa.

EU agrees to set aside 37% of recovery fund for green transition

Negotiations between the European Parliament and EU member states on the bloc's coronavirus recovery fund concluded early on Friday morning (18 December), unlocking €265 billion of the total €672.5 available for the green transition in EU countries.
Politics 18-12-2020

Germany’s EU Presidency: Merkel had to fix it

The turn of the year marks the end of the German presidency of the EU Council. When Angela Merkel's government took over in July, it was already clear that all previous plans had gone up in smoke and there was only one priority left: dealing with the pandemic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

EU reshapes its vision for SMEs amid emerging threats

Policymakers have started re-thinking the EU strategy for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that the European Commission unveiled only a few days before the start of the first lockdown all over Europe.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Poland, Hungary threaten to derail EU plans to raise 2030 climate ambition

Poland and Hungary could block efforts to strengthen the EU’s 2030 climate goal over a separate dispute on democratic standards. EURACTIV’s media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2020

Polish PM says extra summit may be needed to unblock EU budget

The European Union may need to hold an extra summit to secure agreement on its planned economic recovery fund and budget, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday (8 December).
Economy & Jobs 08-12-2020

Morawiecki: We demand equality and respect for the Treaties

Today, we all have a single goal, economic recovery of Europe, and we should respond as a united Europe. But the proposed rule of law conditionality circumvents the EU Treaty, sets a dangerous precedent and threatens all member states and the future of the entire Union, writes Mateusz Morawiecki.

The EU and the rule of law paradox

What has emerged in the last few years in the EU is a political rule of law. This rule of law-political is an instrument of political pressure that should not be confused with the real thing, writes György Schöpflin.
Climate change 27-11-2020

Green recovery after COVID-19: Last chance for V4 to climate transition?

The recovery of European economies after the coronavirus pandemic may become - thanks to national recovery plans financed by the EU funds - a prelude to catching up with climate goals. Are the Visegrád countries ready to seize the opportunity?
25-11-2020

Waste and corruption at heart Frugals’ citizen concerns, poll suggests

The way EU money is spent and doubts about its recipients are more of a concern than the actual size of spending for the population of countries traditionally thought of as fiscally conservative, according to a poll conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank.

Financing mechanisms for the energy sector: Ensuring a fair transition for all Member States

Climate neutrality translates into commitments undertaken by various industries, communities and other stakeholders. The European energy sector is already committed to be carbon neutral before 2050.
Energy 09-11-2020

EU lawmakers set to open door for recovery funds to support fossil gas

On Monday (9 November), MEPs in the economic affairs and budgetary committees will vote on the EU's recovery fund package, but the ban on spending funds on fossil fuels, suggested by the environment committee, will not be in the final agreement.

Dangerous pipedream: how funding fossil gas risks blowing apart the EU Green Deal

MEPs should uphold the Green Deal and vote against subsidising gas in the upcoming Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs vote, writes Jeremy Wates and Magda Stoczkiewicz.

European citizens support linking EU funds to rule of law – survey

More than three out of four Europeans think that the EU should only distribute funds to member states that implement rule of law and democratic principles, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

Report charts new EU ‘COVID-19 geography’, growing inequality risks

The first EU-wide survey of the current challenges the pandemic has posed for local and regional governments across the bloc shows risks of a widening divide between the EU's regions and calls for closer involvement of local authorities in drawing up recovery plans.
Contribute