The European Commission endorses a positive preliminary assessment of the second payment request
The European Commission (EC) assessed that Slovenia has satisfactorily met all 41 milestones and three targets for its second payment request. In the coming days, certain working bodies of the Council of the European Union will examine the preliminary assessment and then the EC will provide its final assessment and issue a decision by means of which it will officially approve the payment of EUR 231 million in grants and EUR 310 million in loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
“The positive assessment of the European Commission proves what was forecast upon the submission of the second request. A lot of work has been done and many milestones and targets that must be achieved are still ahead. At the very beginning, the Government seriously addressed the obligations linked with the drawing of the European funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility. To successfully utilise the funds available, the Ministry of Finance and the Recovery and Resilience Office will further closely monitor the implementation of milestones and targets of the Recovery and Resilience Plan,” Minister of Finance, Klemen Boštjančič, highlighted on this occasion.
The Slovenian Government submitted the second payment request to Brussels on 15 September 2023. The gross value of the request composed of the second and third instalments for grants and the first instalment for loans amounts to EUR 614.4 million, while the actual payment will be somewhat lower due to the observance of the already received advance payment.
So far, Slovenia received EUR 281 million in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility, of which the advance payment amounted to EUR 231 million in September 2021 and EUR 50 million for the first instalment in April 2023. The state has already paid EUR 278 million to the end recipients for the implemented project activities.
The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan is now in its third year. Many projects are underway in the field, and several have already been concluded. For example, project work on the railway station in Domžale and the right railway track between Brezovica and Borovnica was completed this year.