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Parliamentary Testimony

An overview of the Recovery and Resilience Plans

Testimony before the European Parliament’s Committee for Budgetary Control (CONT) on the topic "Capacity for proper expenditure controls of the increased budget of the MFF and NGEU".

By: Date: November 2, 2021 Topic: European governance

On 25 October 2021, Zsolt Darvas, Bruegel Senior Fellow, gave testimony to the public hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee for Budgetary Control (CONT) on the topic “Capacity for proper expenditure controls of the increased budget of the MFF and NGEU”.

He highlighted the implausibility of the European Commission’s assessment concluding that the quality of EU countries’ recovery and resilience plans are almost identical. The presentation stressed the importance of carefully checking the value for money and the avoidance of double funding by other EU funds in the implementation phase of the recovery plans, because no EU country was able to justify costs to a high degree according to the Commission’s assessment. The presentation concluded with 10 crucial questions, including the issues of additionality, absorption capacity, whether milestones and targets are similarly difficult across countries, and transparency of the implementation of the recovery plans.

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Next Generation EU borrowing: a first assessment

The Next Generation EU programme is radically changing the way the EU finances itself and interacts with financial markets. This paper assesses the first design decisions made by the European Commission and the issuances that have taken place so far. It also outlines the potential risks and opportunities linked to this upgrading of the EU borrowing.

By: Rebecca Christie, Grégory Claeys and Pauline Weil Topic: Banking and capital markets, European governance, Macroeconomic policy Date: November 10, 2021
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The EU recovery fund - state of play and outlook

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By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: September 1, 2021
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The EU recovery fund - state of play and outlook

Bruegel Annual Meetings, Day 1- In The Sound of Economics Live session we will discuss the EU recovery fund, its state of play and outlook.

Speakers: Nadia Calviño, Karolina Ekholm and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Macroeconomic policy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: September 1, 2021
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How to spend it? A closer look at the recovery plans

In this event, participants will take a closer look at the recovery plans submitted by EU countries.

Speakers: Zsolt Darvas, Alex Patelis and Maarten Verwey Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: June 23, 2021
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The Recovery and Resilience Fund: Accelerating the digitalisation of the EU?

How can new EU funds financed by EU borrowing supplement national digital and green funding and EU funds available from the standard seven-year EU budget to accelerate digitalisation?

Speakers: Sam Blackie, Zsolt Darvas, Maria Teresa Fabregas Fernandez, J. Scott Marcus and Ben Wreschner Topic: European governance, Macroeconomic policy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: June 8, 2021
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Setting Europe’s economic recovery in motion: a first look at national plans

Plans for spending European Union recovery funds submitted by the four largest EU countries reflect rather different priorities. So far, only Italy is interested in borrowing from the EU.

By: Zsolt Darvas and Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: April 29, 2021
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The EU’s fiscal stance, its recovery fund, and how they relate to the fiscal rules

Joint EU borrowing to boost the recovery, if not treated as national deficit and debt, will substantially ease rules-based fiscal adjustment needs in southern and eastern Europe, but not in western and northern Europe.

By: Zsolt Darvas and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: March 4, 2021
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From support to recovery: national fiscal policy in the wake of COVID-19

The EU has set ambitious goals for economic recovery: how these recovery funds are spent by member states will be critical to its success. A look into the European framework and the case of Italy.

By: The Sound of Economics Date: February 10, 2021
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The post-coronavirus fiscal policy questions Europe must answer

Europe’s policymakers will have to take a series of decisions in the months ahead, in order to reinstate, and possibly reform, the bloc’s fiscal rulebook.

By: Thomas Wieser Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: February 3, 2021
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If not handled correctly, the European Union’s transition to take on a new role as an issuer of public debt risks crowding out existing markets. Managing that transition correctly is almost as big a challenge as spending the money itself.

By: Rebecca Christie Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: December 9, 2020
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By: Zsolt Darvas Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: November 12, 2020
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