On 29 June 2022, members of the initiative ‘Regions for EU Recovery’ unveiled a unique benchmark study on the rollout of the Next Generation EU funds at the regional level. This initiative, which has grown since its inception in 2020 to 32 regions in ten Member States, was represented at the event by Minister-president Jan Jambon, by the president of the Bratislava region, Juraj Droba, and the Minister of Foreign Action and Open Government of Catalonia, Victòria Alsina. These three regional leaders spelled out the study’s main findings and offered recommendations to the EU institutions and Member States to make these funds more efficient and better tailored to their objectives. The presentation took place at the Espai Catalunya Europa in Brussels.
One of the study’s conclusions shows the effects of the centralisation or decentralisation of the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility at the national level.
Another conclusion of the benchmark study is that all participating regions except Aland, Flanders, Lower Austria and Lazio believe that the multilevel governance and subsidiarity principles have not been respected.
According to the study, regional specific territorial economic and social needs have not been considered in Recovery and Resilience Facility strategic plans and calls. Therefore, to optimise this Facility, signatory regions say that particularities of territories have to be taken into account.
In order to maximise the effectiveness of these funds, participating regions suggested some recommendations to the European Commission and Member States.
Minister-President Jan Jambon highlighted that: “We, European regions, must continue our joint efforts to achieve greater involvement of the regions with legislative powers within the multilevel governance framework of the EU, especially with regard to the economic and social recovery of the EU. Flanders will certainly continue to voice this important message”.
The presentation can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-s4mR9svGo