CEPS has launched a Recovery and Resilience Reflection project with a team of researchers and external experts. Two papers have already been published, each picked up and recommended by the Financial Times, Politico and a number of national newspapers. The project analyses the strategy, national plans and implementation of the facility.
This session brings together the group’s experts, including high-ranking EU and national officials in charge of planning, to discuss the underlying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of this unprecedented EU recovery policy. Speakers will present the national implementation aspects, the wider role of other instruments and implementation monitoring, present and future.
Recovery and Resilience Facility: will the key targets be lost in a sea of objectives?
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
This session focuses on the Recovery and Resilience Facility. Despite the official position that the RRF will focus on recovery from the impacts from COVID, the facility is being used to achieve a large number of EU objectives in the area of climate change, digitalisation, the economy, employment and other social challenges. This could lead to a lack of focus and potential mistargeting. This risks making the process to a box-ticking exercise and a diversion from the real need for structural reform that accompanies the investments. How can serious structural reforms in member states be achieved and the funds properly deployed to create the basis for a more resilient economy?