Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Technical Support Instrument

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Series Details COM (2020) 409
Publication Date 28/05/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 28 May 2020, establishing a Technical Support Instrument (TSI).

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The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic later caused substantial impact on socioeconomic realities across the European Union (EU), as well on economic and financial conditions of Member States. The aftermath would require support to public and private investments, but also enhancement of reform efforts to address underlying social and economic weaknesses. It became important to support Member States' efforts by providing them with substantial technical support to strengthen their administrative capacity to prepare and implement reforms.

This Regulation proposes to establish a standalone Technical Support Instrument available to all Member States, as a successor to the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). The draft law was tabled in the framework of the Commission's Recovery Plan for Europe, which included revamped proposals for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 and a recovery instrument. In parallel to this proposal, the Commission also proposed setting up a Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. The Technical Support Instrument is seen as supporting Member States in the preparation and implementation of recovery and resilience plans under the RRF. For reasons of expediency, the proposal took as a basis a previous initiative establishing a Reform Support Programme (RSP), which has been withdrawn.

The Council of the European Union's committee of representatives adopted a partial position on this draft law on 22 July (as it excludes relating financial elements). The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a position and mandate for trilogue negotiations on 1 October, which was confirmed by the plenary session on 7 October.

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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, November 2020: Technical Support Instrument

European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Technical Support Instrument
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Technical Support Instrument
EU EESC: Opinion on Recovery and Resilience Facility and Technical Support Instrument (15 July 2020)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 22/07/2020: Council agrees its position on an instrument to support implementation of reforms for a sustainable recovery

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