European Commission receives Malta’s recovery and resilience plan

The Commission will now assess Malta’s plan and translate its contents into legally binding acts

The European Commission has received Malta’s official recovery and resilience plan, in a first step that will allow government to tap into the EU’s €800 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

In its plan, Malta requested a total of €316.4 million in grants under the RRF. The plan covers six areas, including sustainable transport, circular economy, clean energy and energy-efficiency in buildings, digital transformation of the public administration and the legal system, projects targeting the health and education sectors, as well as institutional reforms.

Before the grants can be disbursed, the Commission must assess Malta’s plan in accordance with the eleven criteria set out in the Regulation. It will also review whether the plan presented addresses all or a significant subset of challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations.

It will also assess whether the plan dedicates at least 37% of expenditure to climate-friendly investments, and 20% of expenditure to the digital transition.

According to Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, who spoke on the recovery plan in parliament earlier this month, said that almost half of the plan will be dedicated to the environmental sector, while around 26% will contribute to the digitalisation of services in Malta.

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