ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Jul 2021

In July 2021, the European Parliament approved Lithuania's national recovery and resilience plan and finalised the process necessary to provide financing for the amount of EUR 2.2 billion (approx. USD 2.6 billion).

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EUR-Lex. Official Journal. “COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION on the approval of the assessment of the recovery and resilience plan for Lithuania”. 20/07/2021. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CONSIL%3AST_10477_2021_INIT&qid=1628580596287

EUR-Lex. Official Journal. “REVISED ANNEX to the Council Implementing Decision on the approval of the assessment of the recovery and resilience plan for Lithuania”. 20/07/2021. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CONSIL%3AST_10477_2021_ADD_1&qid=1628580596287

European Council, Council of the European Union. Press releases. “Recovery fund: ministers welcome assessment of four more national plans”. 26/07/2021. Available at: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/07/26/recovery-fund-ministers-welcome-assessment-of-four-more-national-plans/

European Commission. Factsheet: Lithuania's recovery and resilience plan. 08/07/2021. Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/default/files/com-2021-386-lithuania_factsheet_en.pdf

Inception date: 26 Jul 2021 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2023

Financial grant

On 20 July 2021, the European Parliament approved Lithuania's national recovery and resilience plan, thereby allowing the country to benefit from finance under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (see related state act). The approved budget was set at EUR 2.2 billion (approx. USD 2.6 billion).

The support takes the form of a grant to the Lithuanian government, financed under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The grant will support local companies with a special focus on green transition, digital transition and economic resilience. The specific instruments are still unspecified to date. No specific requirements in terms of economic sector and size of undertaking were announced. Regardless, according to the authorities, sectors such as sustainable power generation, mobility and 5G technologies will be among the top beneficiaries.

On 26 July 2021, the scheme was formally adopted and the financing tranches were issued. The scheme will be in force until 31 December 2023.

A state act in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the support granted here is discriminatory.

Recovery and Resilience Facility

In February 2021, the EU adopted Regulation (EU) 2021/241 establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) with total funds up to EUR 672.5 billion (approx. USD 813.2 billion). The RFF aims to provide significant financial support to step up the implementation and recovery of the COVID-19-induced economic and social crisis.

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