The European Commission has adopted a affirmative appraisal of Lithuania's betterment and resilience plan. This is an important measurement towards the EU disbursing €2.2 cardinal successful grants nether the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing volition enactment the implementation of the important concern and betterment measures outlined successful Lithuania's betterment and resilience plan. It volition play a cardinal relation successful enabling Lithuania to look stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RRF is astatine the bosom of NextGenerationEU which volition supply €800bn (in existent prices) to enactment investments and reforms crossed the EU. The Lithuania program forms portion of an unprecedented coordinated EU effect to the COVID-19 crisis, to code communal European challenges by embracing the greenish and integer transitions, to fortify economical and societal resilience and the cohesion of the Single Market.
The Commission assessed Lithuania's program based connected the criteria acceptable retired successful the RRF Regulation. The Commission's investigation considered, successful particular, whether the investments and reforms acceptable retired successful Lithuania's program enactment the greenish and integer transitions; lend to efficaciously addressing challenges identified successful the European Semester; and fortify its maturation potential, occupation instauration and economical and societal resilience.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “I americium delighted to contiguous the European Commission's affirmative appraisal of Lithuania's betterment and resilience plan. Lithuania's program focuses connected investments and reforms that volition accelerate its integer and greenish transitions. This includes important investments successful cleanable vigor and high-speed net networks that volition marque Lithuania's system much sustainable, dynamic and innovative. With the enactment of NextGenerationEU, we tin guarantee that the benefits of the integer and greenish transitions are shared by all. We volition basal by you each measurement of the mode to guarantee that your program becomes a success.”
Securing Lithuania's greenish and integer transition
The Commission's appraisal finds that Lithuania's program devotes 38% of its full allocation to measures that enactment the accomplishment of clime objectives. The program includes reforms and investments to make renewable vigor powerfulness plants and make nationalist and backstage vigor retention facilities. These measures are complemented by reforms and investments to signifier retired the astir polluting roadworthy transport vehicles, summation the stock of renewable vigor sources successful the transport assemblage and accelerate gathering renovations done supporting the accumulation of modular elements for renovations from integrated materials.
The Commission's appraisal of Lithuania's program finds that it devotes 32% of its full allocation to measures that enactment the integer transition. The program includes sizeable investments successful connectivity, with a peculiar absorption connected the wide deployment of high-speed networks and processing 2,000 km of high-speed connectivity infrastructure successful agrarian and distant areas. The program besides envisages important investments successful e-governance and processing AI solutions for the Lithuanian language.
Reinforcing Lithuania's economical and societal resilience
The program includes an extended acceptable of mutually reinforcing reforms and investments that lend to efficaciously addressing each oregon a important subset of the economical and societal challenges outlined successful the country-specific recommendations addressed to Lithuania by the Council successful the European Semester successful 2019 and successful 2020.
The resilience, quality, accessibility and ratio of the healthcare strategy is expected to beryllium improved acknowledgment to the modernisation of health-care facilities, the improvement of centres of expertise successful infectious diseases and the digitalization of the health-care system. The long-recognised challenges related to the ratio and prime of the acquisition strategy are tackled done consolidation of the schoolhouse network, modernising wide education, improving vocational acquisition and training, arsenic good arsenic big learning, improving the backing of higher acquisition and the students' admittance strategy arsenic good arsenic promoting probe and internationalisation of universities. The merger of existing innovation promotion agencies is expected to marque probe and innovation policies much efficient. The betterment of the guaranteed minimum income protection, unneurotic with the summation of the unemployment security strategy coverage, broad revision of benefits and betterment of the pension indexation mechanism, is acceptable to summation the adequacy of the societal information nett and reenforce societal resilience.
The program represents a broad and adequately balanced effect to Lithuania's economical and societal concern of Lithuania, thereby contributing appropriately to each six pillars referred to successful the RRF Regulation.
Supporting flagship concern and betterment projects
The Lithuanian program proposes projects successful each 7 European flagship areas. These are circumstantial concern projects, which code issues that are communal to each Member States successful areas that make jobs and maturation and are needed for the duplicate transition. For instance, Lithuania has projected to put €242 cardinal to make offshore and onshore upwind and star powerfulness procreation and make nationalist and backstage vigor retention facilities and to put €341 cardinal to signifier retired the astir polluting roadworthy transport vehicles and summation the stock of renewable vigor sources successful the transport sector.
The appraisal besides finds that nary of the measures included successful the program importantly harm the environment, successful enactment with the requirements laid retired successful the RRF Regulation.
The power systems enactment successful spot by Lithuania are considered capable to support the fiscal interests of the Union. The program provides capable details connected however nationalist authorities volition prevent, observe and close instances of struggle of interest, corruption and fraud relating to the usage of funds.
An Economy that Works for People Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said: “Lithuania's betterment program volition boost its economical maturation and enactment it connected a dependable footing for the aboriginal arsenic Europe gears up for the greenish and integer transitions. It aims to modernize Lithuania's healthcare and acquisition systems, fortify societal protection, and amended the ratio of its taxation and payment system. We invited the plan's absorption connected large projects of communal European interest, peculiarly successful cleanable vigor – specified arsenic upwind and star powerfulness procreation and phasing retired polluting roadworthy transport vehicles. This program volition assistance Lithuania to look stronger aft the crisis. We volition basal by Lithuania to afloat implemented it.”
The Commission has contiguous adopted a connection for a Council Implementing Decision to supply €2.2 cardinal successful grants to Lithuania nether the RRF. The Council volition present have, arsenic a rule, 4 weeks to follow the Commission's proposal.
The Council's support of the program would let for the disbursement of €289 cardinal to Lithuania successful pre-financing. This represents 13% of the full allocated magnitude for Lithuania.
The Commission volition authorise further disbursements based connected the satisfactory fulfilment of the milestones and targets outlined successful the Council Implementing Decision, reflecting advancement successful the implementation of the investments and reforms.
Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said: “Lithuania's program volition unlock €2.2 cardinal successful European enactment for the country's efforts to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Investments successful electrical car charging points and cleanable buses, gathering renovation and peatland restoration volition springiness a beardown boost to the country's clime and ecological efforts, portion some the nationalist and backstage sectors volition payment from the deployment of high-speed networks, including successful distant areas. I peculiarly invited the beardown societal magnitude of the plan, with reforms aimed astatine improving the prime of acquisition and healthcare, expanding the sum of unemployment security and providing further benefits for susceptible groups.”