The European Commission said this Thursday that the draft recovery and resilience plan delivered by the Portuguese Government sets the starting point for a dialogue on the best use of European funds, adding that, although it is too early to evaluate the document, highlights the focus on resilience and the digital transition
The outline of the Recovery and Resilience Plan it was approved yesterday by the Council of Ministers and today delivered to the European Commission.
“The Commission takes note of the announcement about the recovery and resilience plan made by the Portuguese authorities,” a Commission spokesman told Jornal Económico. "We hope to analyze the draft plan prepared by the Portuguese authorities and continue our dialogue on the design and content of your recovery and resilience plan before its final presentation."
This dialogue should help ensure that Portugal makes the best use of European Union (EU) funds to support its recovery and comes out stronger and more resilient in this process, in line with EU priorities, he said.
"It is still too early to provide a complete assessment of Portugal's draft recovery and resilience plan, however, we have already noted the strong focus on building resilience and the digital transition," he underlined.
“The priorities announced by the Portuguese Government appear, in general, to be in line with the Commission's agenda. The Commission will continue to work with the Portuguese authorities at all levels in the preparation of its recovery and resilience plan ”, he said.
Portugal today presented its draft recovery and resilience plan, a step that Bruxela sees as the starting point for the dialogue to be carried out between the Commission and the Portuguese authorities.
Portugal and the other Member States will be able to formally present their Recovery and Resilience Plans as soon as the relevant regulation enters into force. However, Member States are encouraged to submit draft plans from 15 October 2020 and to enter into a dialogue with the Commission.
Prime Minister António Costa said on Thursday that he wants an agreement to be reached quickly in Brussels so that the Economic Recovery Plan can move forward “on time”.