Written Question: Request for clarification on the Commission proposal establishing the Brexit Adjustment Reserve

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 8 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001316/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Gianantonio Da Re (ID)

Subject: Request for clarification on the Commission proposal establishing the Brexit Adjustment Reserve

On 25 December 2020 the Commission submitted the proposal for a regulation ‘Establishing the Brexit Adjustment Reserve’ COM(2020)854.

The aim of this fund, worth EUR 5 billion, is supposed to be that of supporting the Member States, regions and sectors that have been the worst affected by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. Under the proposal, 80% of the fund, i.e. EUR 4 billion, should be granted to Member States, in the form of pre-financing, on the basis of the estimated impact on their economies. Applying this distribution method, Ireland would become the main beneficiary of pre-financing (EUR 991 million), followed by the Netherlands (EUR 714 million), Germany (EUR 429 million), France (EUR 396 million) and Belgium (EUR 305 million).

The funding should be disbursed as follows: the first tranche in 2021 – EUR 4 billion in the form of pre-financing – while the remaining EUR 1 billion would be paid to cover any eligible expenditure in excess of the pre-financing already disbursed.

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

  1. On the basis of what criteria were the Member States due to benefit from the above-mentioned fund identified?
  2. When, and in accordance with what criteria, will the measures to be financed in the form of pre-financing be assessed?
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