EU recovery and resilience facility (RRF)ESMC Working Group
In order to create a favorable political environment and support the PV manufacturing industry in Europe, the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) initiated a working group on EU funds, which has mainly been focusing on the RRF.
As part of a wide-ranging response, the aim of the Recovery and Resilience Facility is to
mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European
economies and societies more sustainable, resilient, and better prepared for the challenges
and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.
During 2021, ESMC addressed the EU Commission and followed the development of the Recovery and Resilience plans (RRP), and thereafter studied and summarized the total support for PV manufacturing in the endorsed plans.
Since winter 2021, the working group has mainly focused on the appropriate representation of PV manfacturing in the Just Transition Fund plans, that are to be drafted in 2022.
Working group publications
Review summary – PV support in the Recovery and Resilience plans
ESMC evaluated and summarized the content of 10 endorsed RRPs. In ESMC’s RRP evaluation effort, a total of €477 million was identified as possible direct support for PV manufacturing. This support consists of both loans and grants to establish or strengthen the PV value chain in Italy, Romania, and Croatia.
Other deliveries from this working group
Policy statement – appeal for RRF commitment
ESMC issued a Statement addressing the need for PV manufacturing to be included in the RRF, and in the RRPs. The Statement was followed by meetings with Member State Government representatives, discussing the content in the national RRPs.
The answer to our statement from Commissioner Kadri Simson
The answer to our the statement, from commissioner Kadri Simson, acknowledged our concern about the mismatch between the ambitious plans of deployment of PV and the funds allocated to PV manufacturing expansions in the different national RRPs.