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News article8 September 2023Representation in Ireland1 min read

NextGenerationEU: Commission receives first payment request from Ireland for €323.8 million under the Recovery and Resilience Facility

The European Commission has received a first payment request from Ireland for €323.8 million under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Next Generation EU: President von der Leyen receiving the Irish plan from then Taoiseach Micheál Martin in July 2021

This first payment request relates to 36 milestones and five targets. These cover numerous investments, for instance in the area of jobs and skills through a work placement experience programme, a programme for green skills, and strengthening the capacity of Technological Universities. Investments also concern the digital transition, through the digitalisation of public administration and the connection of schools to the broadband network. In terms of the green transition, they cover the preparation and the start of work on the rehabilitation of peatlands, the electrification of public transport in Cork, investments in the energy-efficiency of public buildings, and the upgrade of wastewater treatment plants.

The payment request also includes a series of reforms, including to support decarbonisation with a reform of carbon taxation, to reduce regulatory barriers to entrepreneurship by introducing an ‘SME test' for new legislation, as well as to address the digital divide and enhance digital skills, for instance by putting in place a new digital strategy for schools and providing disadvantaged students with ICT equipment.

Ireland's overall recovery and resilience plan will be financed by €914 million in grants. Payments under the RRF are performance-based and contingent on Ireland implementing the investments and reforms outlined in its recovery and resilience plan.

The Commission will now assess the request and will then send its preliminary assessment of Ireland's fulfilment of the milestones and targets required for this payment to the Council's Economic and Financial Committee.

More information

More information on the process of the payment requests under the RRF is available in this Q&A.

More information on Ireland's recovery and resilience plan is available here


Publication date
8 September 2023
Representation in Ireland