Recovery and Resilience Funds: We Could All Be Paying The Bill 

The Issue of Non-Transparency

15 December 2021

Krzysztof Izdebski

Marcin Król Fellow

How the Commission has failed to ensure good governance standards and what the EU can do to repair it.

The EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) is a historic intervention by the EU, which will see 672.5 billion euro being given out to the Member States to help mitigate the economic and social impact of the pandemic. With such a large amount of money being released to the Member States, monitoring of these funds is essential in order to protect the financial interests of the Union.

But the Commission has failed to ensure that spending is transparent. It is up to Member States governments if and how their citizens are able to keep track of where the money ultimately goes. But is it in the interest of authorities to be transparent beyond the minimal standard?

The goal of the RRF fund, which is an example of performance-based funding, is to carry out effective reforms, and additional information obligations are seen by many as a bureaucratic burden.

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Krzysztof Izdebski

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight and an expert at the Open Contracting Partnership and Stefan Batory Foundation. Member of Consul Democracy Foundation’s Council. He is a lawyer specialized in access to public information and re-use of public sector information. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption, and public participation. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna listed him as one of the 50 most influential Polish lawyers in 2020.

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