The Recovery and Resilience Facility supports Member States impacted by the COVID-19-pandemic and makes up €723.8 billion in loans and grants. The plans so far submitted are largely based on public expenditure and follow standard European public procurement procedures, open to companies from inside and outside the EU.
Meanwhile, EU companies face unfair competition by foreign state-aided companies that distort the EU procurement market, which the legislative proposal on distortive foreign subsidies aims to address. Furthermore, the IPI which will soon be negotiated aims to address the lack of reciprocity on procurement markets and EU's strategic interests can be at risk when tenders in strategic sectors are won by foreign state-owned enterprises.
1.Does the Commission perceive it as a risk that foreign state-owned or state-aided enterprises could access a significant portion of the RRF through unfair competition and if so, will the Commission take measures?
2.Will the Commission take the new legislative proposals on public procurement into account regarding the payment of the RFF funds?
3.Does the Commission deem it necessary to adopt interim measures before the Foreign Subsidies instrument enters into force?