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EU Commission endorses positive preliminary assessment of Greece’s request for 3.64 bln disbursement

On May 16, Greece submitted to the Commission a payment request for grants

The European Commission endorsed a positive preliminary assessment of Greece’s third payment request of 3.64 billion euros, 1.69 billion euros in grants, and 1.95 billion euros in loans, under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU.

On May 16, Greece submitted to the Commission a payment request for grants, based on the achievement of the 39 milestones and three targets selected in the Council Implementing Decision for the third instalment for grants. On November 22, Greece also submitted a payment request for loans concerning the achievement of one target.

They also include a series of transformative reforms to enhance efficiency in public administration, including through establishing a multi-level governance system that will streamline the allocation of responsibilities between central, regional and local authorities, and to enhance the fight against corruption and smuggling.

There are further reforms to address weaknesses in urban planning; promote upskilling for employees and the unemployed; establish a regulatory authority to enable a more rational and effective waste management system and more sustainable management of water resources; and to introduce fair and transparent procurement for public urban and regional passenger transportation services and improve the regulatory framework for industrial parks.

The one target covered by the payment request for loans required the signature of at least 3.5 billion euros of RRF loans between financial institutions and companies to support private investment related to the green transition, digitalisation, increasing export capacity, economies of scale and innovation.

These requests cover investments in the areas of electromobility and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, the launch of projects related to energy-efficiency enhancing renovations in residential buildings, the digitalisation of the public administration, and the uptake of fibre optic infrastructure in buildings.

“With their request, the Greek authorities provided detailed and comprehensive evidence demonstrating the fulfilment of the 43 milestones and targets. The Commission has thoroughly assessed this information before presenting its positive preliminary assessment of the payment request,” the European Commission said.

The Greek recovery and resilience plan includes a wide range of investment and reform measures in four  thematic components. The revised plan, once adopted by the Council, will be worth 35.95 billion euros, with 18.22 billion euros in Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) grants and 17.73 billion euros in RRF loans.