Written Question: Ensuring fair and transparent allocation of NextGenerationEU funding
(Source: European Parliament)
Date submitted: 1 June 2021
Question for written answer E-002871/2021
to the Commission
Fabienne Keller (Renew), Klemen Grošelj (Renew), Olivier Chastel (Renew), Łukasz Kohut (S&D), Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew), Sandro Gozi (Renew), Michal Šimečka (Renew), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Andreas Schieder (S&D), Catherine Chabaud (Renew), Sylvie Brunet (Renew), Sándor Rónai (S&D), Krzysztof Hetman (PPE), Charles Goerens (Renew), Ramona Strugariu (Renew), Marie-Pierre Vedrenne (Renew), Irène Tolleret (Renew), Irena Joveva (Renew), Tanja Fajon (S&D), Elena Yoncheva (S&D), Valérie Hayer (Renew), Sylwia Spurek (Verts/ALE), Margarida Marques (S&D), Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew), Anna Júlia Donáth (Renew), Stéphane Séjourné (Renew)
Subject: Ensuring fair and transparent allocation of NextGenerationEU funding
NextGenerationEU is a unique opportunity for Europe to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic while also transforming our economies through strategic investments. As the Commission reviews national recovery plans, there are growing concerns over the potential lack of transparency and fairness in the allocation of these funds. In Poland, for example, there is criticism of the controversial allocation of the Central Government Fund for Local Investments, initiated by the government to lend support to local authorities. Academic studiesshow that a very generous portion of funding under this programme was allocated to mayors and local authority representatives from the Prawo i Sprawiedliwość party and from the Prime Minister’s constituency. The committee in charge of evaluating applications was nominated by the Prime Minister, who ultimately grants the funds. Similar concerns have also been expressed in other Member States, as well as concerns over the potential lack of access for local authorities to EU funds.
- Is the Commission aware of such shortcomings?
- How is it assessing the potential risks while reviewing national recovery plans in the framework of NextGenerationEU, and what are the safeguards to ensure transparency and fairness in the allocation of funds?
- Has the Commission already identified gaps in the plans submitted, and if so, what were they, and in which Member States?
(1) This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Rosa D’Amato (Verts/ALE)