“The government, in agreement with the European Commission, will continue to work not only to meet the next half-year targets, but also to fully implement the entire plan, which is and will remain a crucial tool for growth, innovation and development of Italy”. So said Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in the foreword to the third report on the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan submitted by the government to Parliament.
Third tranche of EU assessment to be completed
The report said the European Commission’s assessment of the payment of the third tranche of the Pnrr “is nearing completion”. “Since the submission of the payment request, the evaluation process, in consultation with the Commission services, has required a longer period of time for certain deadlines, due to the complexity of the objectives to be achieved for this installment and the in-depth studies required in cooperation with the Commission,” the report adds.
These difficulties, the text continues, “require the times required by the technical process of sample verification that the European Commission intends to carry out, which provides for a verification of part of the interventions carried out for the deadlines corresponding to an objective” (e.g. B. Recipients of educational initiatives or beneficiaries of certain measures). The results of some spot checks for limited areas are currently awaited.
The goals achieved, the state of the art of the plan
For 2021 and 2022, Italy has achieved the 151 objectives set out in the plan (51 in 2021 and 100 in 2022) and has collected European funds totaling 66.9 billion euros. After completing the control phases of the achieved goals by December 31, 2022, another 19 billion euros are expected, according to the report.
On August 13, 2021, following the positive assessment of the PNRR, the European Commission disbursed 24.9 billion euros in pre-financing to Italy (of which 8.957 billion in grants and 15.937 billion in loans), representing 13 percent of the total amount allocated to the country. Then, on April 13, 2022, the European Commission paid the first installment of 21 billion (10 billion in grants and 11 billion in loans), after positively assessing the objectives of the PNRR that Italy had to achieve by December 31, 2021. The second The €21 billion installment was disbursed on 8 November 2022 (10 in the form of grants and 11 in the form of loans) after the EU gave the green light to targets to be achieved by 30 June 2022. Now the valuation is complete for the third tranche of 19 billion.
So far, the comparison between Member States shows that Italy, Spain and Greece are the only Member States that have submitted three payment claims so far. Portugal, Croatia, Slovakia and Romania follow with two applications. France, Latvia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Denmark, Malta, Austria and Luxembourg have submitted a single payment application, while the remaining nine beneficiary countries of Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) resources have not yet submitted any applications.
COURT OF AUDITORS
Today the President of the Court of Auditors, Guido Carlino, at the “Pnrr, control: engine of the country’s revival” conference at the Catholic University, declared that “the control of the Court of Auditors over the implementation of the Pnrr.” , assuming the final approval of the changes concerned, it will continue to be practiced profitably throughout the year” by Law 20 of 1994 and therefore by management control. This control “is guaranteed by Article 100 of the Constitution and therefore cannot be compressed” and aims to “verify the legitimacy and regularity of the administration, also for the purposes of the half-yearly report to Parliament on it.” Status of implementation of the Pnrr ”.