Ensuring the EU is prepared for future challenges and opportunities
The centrepiece of NextGenerationEU is the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) - an instrument that provides grants and loans to support reforms and investments in the EU Member States.
Objectives and benefits
Part of a wide-ranging response, the Recovery and Resilience Facility helps
- mitigate the pandemic’s economic and social impact
- make sure Member States are more resilient, more sustainable and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions
- achieve the EU target of climate neutrality by 2050
- set Europe on a path of digital transition
- create jobs and spur growth.
The Facility provides funds for Member States to invest (2022 prices)
How it works
Through the Facility, a temporary instrument, the Commission can raise funds - borrowing on the capital markets - to help Member States implement reforms and investments that
- are in line with the EU’s priorities
- address the challenges identified in country-specific recommendations under the European Semester framework of economic and social policy coordination.
The Facility entered into force in February 2021. It finances Member States’ reforms and investments, from the start of the pandemic in February 2020 through to the end of December 2026. Member States submit their recovery and resilience plans to the European Commission, setting out their planned reforms and investments to be implemented by end-2026, in order to receive financing up to the agreed allocation.
View each Member State's national plans, planned reforms and investments
Progress made by the halfway mark
In February 2024, three years into NextGenerationEU’s existence, the European Commission delivered a favourable mid-term evaluation of the RRF’s progress. With €225 billion in funding already disbursed and over 1,150 milestones and targets reached, EU countries are rapidly tackling long-standing challenges and effectively responding to new ones.
A palpable driver of economic recovery and structural reform, the RRF has also helped countries make tangible steps towards the green transition, with many well exceeding the 37% minimum requirements on climate-related objectives through their ambitious national plans.
By the end of 2023, some revisions were introduced and an added €150 billion in funding allocated to help countries pursue their goals and maximise their impact in a context of ongoing conflict at Europe’s border, high inflation, supply chain disruption, and accrued natural disaster risks, among others.
For examples of how the RRF and NextGenerationEU are setting the blueprint for a greener, stronger and more sustainable future, take a look at the European Commission’s 27 Country Snapshots and discover how projects are taking shape on the ground.