Italy had submitted the application in September, following the achievement of the objectives and targets necessary for the granting of the fourth instalment. “The Commission carefully assessed this information before presenting its positive preliminary assessment of the payment request,” explained the EU executive
The European Union gives the green light to the fourth installment of the Pnrr for Italy. The Commission has in fact approved a positive preliminary assessment of our country’s fourth payment request for 16.5 billion euros in grants and loans under the Recovery Plan. The EU executive announced it.
Positive opinion from the Commission
The request for payment of the fourth tranche was presented on 22 September 2023, after Italy had achieved 21 milestones and seven objectives set out in the Council Implementing Decision. As the Commission explained, these goals and objectives cover a series of transformative reforms in key policy areas such as criminal and civil justice, public employment, public procurement, care for older people and long-term care. “The Italian authorities – highlighted the EU Executive – have accompanied the request with detailed and exhaustive elements demonstrating the achievement of the 28 goals and objectives. The Commission carefully evaluated this information before presenting its preliminary positive evaluation of the payment request “.
The investments included in this payment request also cover a wide range of sectors, such as energy efficiency of buildings, hydrogen infrastructure, childcare, digital transition, sustainable mobility and social inclusion. These include, for example, the installation of charging infrastructure and the expansion of the regional public transport rail fleet with zero-emission trains. One investment concerns the digitalisation of public administration. There are investments to combat educational poverty in the South and to increase the provision of nursery and nursery schools and early childhood education and care services. And also the intention to increase the availability of affordable housing for university students.
Vice President of the EU Commission: “Congratulations”
“Congratulations to Italy. The European Commission approves the fourth payment request in the recovery plan aimed at promoting sustainable mobility; reforming public procurement, tax administration and the justice system; encouraging women to enter the labor market. This paves the way for the next disbursement of 16.5 billion euros.” The vice president of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, writes it on X.
Fitto: “Italy is the only country to have obtained the fourth instalment”
“We are the only country to have obtained the fourth installment of the Pnrr” said the Minister of European Affairs, the South, Cohesion and Pnrr at a press conference. “Germany got first place and Greece got third place. It’s an important sign of a great job done together with the European Commission. We worked intensely. I feel like thanking everyone who worked without limits and without timetables to get to this result”. Thus Minister Fitto.