The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) is the EU’s main instrument to mitigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission has launched a mid term evaluation to assess its implementation at the halfway point. In particular, it will examine the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and relevance of it progress in achieving the RRF Regulation’s objectives and to what extent it has created EU added value.
EuroHealthNet has been engaged in comprehensive analyses of the European Semester process and its outcomes, having followed its evolving features and assessed its impact from a public health and healthy equity perspective. Since the creation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), EuroHealthNet has not only contributed with advocacy activities related to the design of the plans, but also analysed the plans as a component of the European Semester and produced two recent reports dedicated to the assessment of the design and implementation of national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP) in a number of EU countries.
EuroHealthNet has provided feedback for:
- The Recovery and Resilience Facility:
We recommend to:
- Carefully monitor the RRF implementation and ensure these are directed toward pre-agreed health and social targets.
- Reduce administrative burdens that may hamper the efficient surveillance of such implementation to:
- Facilitate more transparent communication among policy makers, professionals and the public about how RRF funds are being spent:
– To guide actors to develop a clearer understanding of what is being funded under what programmes, where synergies can be made, and what is missing in the broader ‘architecture of change,’
– To allow for smooth and efficient implementation of the initiatives,
– To allow target groups and general population to better understand the EU added.
Foster better synergies within RRF initiatives as well as initiatives put forward under other EU funding programmes.
2. The European Semester:
We recommend to:
- Recognise the value, and invest sustainably in the following initiatives as part of broader health, as well as resilience and reform strategies, to be monitored by the European Semester process.
- Develop an overarching Strategy for the European Union, that follows up on the Europe2020 Strategy to integrate goals of all relevant EU strategies and serve as overarching guidance for the European Semester process.