Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision on the approval of the assessment of the recovery and resilience plan for Estonia

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Series Details COM (2021) 625
Publication Date 05/10/2021
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Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision - tabled by the European Commission on 5 October 2021 - concerning the endorsement of an assessment to Estonia's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).

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National Recovery and Resilience Plans are prepared by the Member States of the European Union (EU) and comprise a package of reforms and investment initiatives to be implemented by 2026 and supported by the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). These plans are assessed by the European Commission and approved by the Council of the European Union. The assessment is based on criteria set out in Regulation (EU) 2021/241 - also known as the RRF Regulation.

The Estonian government submitted its national plan to the Commission on 18 June 2021, and a positive assessment of the Estonian NRRP was adopted on 5 October 2021. It recommends that the Council endorses the disbursement of €969.3 million in grants under the RRF over the period 2021-2026. The Commission's analysis considered, in particular, whether the investments and reforms contained in Estonian's plan support the green and digital transitions; contribute to effectively addressing challenges identified in the European Semester; and strengthen its growth potential, job creation and economic and social resilience.

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Emerging Europe: News & Analysis, 06/09/2021: Why some CEE countries are yet to receive their Next Generation EU funding

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ERR News, 22/01/2021: Estonia's cut of EU recovery fund decreased by €130 million
ERR News, 12/02/2021: Government approves EU recovery funding plan
ERR News, 27/09/2021: European Commission green-lights Estonia's billion-euro recovery plan
The Baltic Times, 05/10/2021: European Commission endorses Estonia's EUR 969.3 mln recovery, resilience plan
Reuters, 05/10/2021: EU Commission approves Estonia's 969.3 mln euro recovery plan

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)285: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Analysis of the recovery and resilience plan of Estonia
European Commission: Recovery and Resilience Facility: National Recovery and Resilience Plans
European Commission: Recovery and resilience plan for Estonia
Estonian Government: News, 03/12/2020: The EU budget will help us to recover and renew the economy
European Commission: Press Release, 18/06/2021: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Estonia submits official recovery and resilience plan
European Commission: Press Release, 05/10/2021: NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Estonia's €969.3 million recovery and resilience plan
European Commission: Questions and answers: European Commission endorses Estonia's €969.3 million recovery and resilience plan (5 October 2021)
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen on Estonia's recovery and resilience plan (5 October 2021)

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