How to ensure the involvement of civil society in the preparation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan?

The European Civic Forum, of which the Civic Alliance - Latvia (CAL) is also a member, informs that the European Commission last week presented the next steps of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, noting in particular the Communication on the Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 and the document addressed to Member States with guidelines and a model for the preparation of national recovery and resilience plans.

It is important to note that the European Commission has included references to the role of civil society in the development and implementation of national plans. In particular, as indicated in the guidance document, Member States should report on their cooperation with civil society and other parties involved in the process of preparing the plans. The plans are being drawn up by the Member States on the basis of the instructions provided, and the European Commission will enter into a dialogue with the Member States to support them in drawing up the plans and to ensure that the major goals are met.

As we previously informed, the CAL also addressed the Ministry of Finance, requesting information on whether and how Latvian civil society was involved in the process of developing the European Economic Recovery Plan, which resulted in discussions with civil society on the overall structure of the plan and the key challenges which line ministries propose to address in the context of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) (see here). Upon call, the MoF presented the proposal developed by the government at the meeting of the Council for the Implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation between NGOs and the Cabinet of Ministers and in a separate meeting with various NGO representatives. The MoF will also hold thematic discussions on the components of the EU Funds’ Recovery and Resilience Facility on 10, 11 and 14 December.