Complementarity between the RRF and cohesion: EU public policy governance in France

For every multiannual financial framework period, setting up the right regulatory and procedural framework, and involving all actors well in advance, already poses quite a challenge. But the situation with regard to the new cohesion policy for 2021–2027 was exacerbated in 2021 by a new kid on the block: the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) — the funding instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEu (NGEU) — which also came with a new modus operandi. Philippe Cichowlaz is Head of the European Cohesion Policy Division at the French National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, the body in charge of coordinating the EU structural funds in France. He explains how the French regional and national authorities prepared to implement the RRF, adapting their budget governance procedures to absorb the changes imposed by the new fund.

This article was first published on the 1/2022 issue of the ECA Journal. The contents of the interviews and the articles are the sole responsibility of the interviewees and authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Court of Auditors.



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