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

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Series Details COM (2021) 341
Publication Date 22/06/2021
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Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision - tabled by the European Commission on 22 June 2021 - concerning the endorsement of an assessment to Germany'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.

A positive assessment of the German NRRP was adopted by the Commission on 22 June 2021. It recommends that the Council endorses the disbursement of €25.6 billion in grants under the RRF over the period 2021-2026. The Commission's analysis considered, in particular, whether the investments and reforms contained in Germany'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.

The proposed Decision was adopted by the Council of the European Union at a meeting on 13 July. The first €2.25 billion - equivalent to 9% of the grant and loan component of the country's financial allocation - was disbursed by the Commission on 26 August.

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IDDRI: Blog, 16/06/2020: Germany's post-crisis recovery plan: some stimulus for the climate
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PIIE: Blog, 21/09/2020: France, Germany, and Italy press ahead to spur their economies
IFRI: Notes de l'IFRI - Notes du Cerfa No 154, 13/10/2020: German Economic Policy during the Corona-crisis. How Germany Intends to Support its Economy
VoxEU: Article, 19/02/2021: Fiscal plans in Europe: No divergence but no coordination
European Generation: Blog, 28/04/2021: YOU are the Next Generation: German Recovery and Resilience Plan
Bruegel: Blog, 29/04/2021: Setting Europe’s economic recovery in motion: a first look at national plans
IMF: Country Focus, 13/07/2021: Beyond the Pandemic: Five Charts on Germany’s Economic Recovery Plan

EurActiv, 14/01/2021: Green MEP accuses Germany of ‘setting a bad example’ in its recovery plan
Associated Press, 27/04/2021: France, Germany plan billions in pandemic recovery spending
Politico, 27/04/2021: France and Germany buddy up on spending plans
Reuters, 22/06/2021: EU Commission approves Germany's 25.6 bln euro recovery plan
EurActiv, 24/06/2021: German recovery plan looks greener than it is, critics say

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)163: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Analysis of the recovery and resilience plan of Germany
European Commission: Recovery and Resilience Facility: National Recovery and Resilience Plans
European Commission: Recovery and resilience plan for Germany
German Federal Government: News, 27/04/2021: Cabinet adopts Germany Recovery and Resilience Plan. 28 billion euros for climate action and digitalisation
European Commission: Press Release, 28/04/2021: Recovery and Resilience Facility: Germany and Greece submit official recovery and resilience plans
European Commission: Press Release, 22/06/2021: NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Germany's recovery and resilience plan
European Commission: Questions and answers: European Commission endorses Germany's recovery and resilience plan (22 June 2021)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 13/07/2021: Council gives green light to first recovery disbursements
European Commission: Press Release, 26/08/2021: NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €2.25 billion in pre-financing to Germany

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