The COVID-19 pandemic presents a major challenge to the entire European Union. National, regional and local communities are on the front line in countering the disease and its socio-economic impact. Solidarity and responsibility across our societies and between Member States are key to overcoming this challenge.
The Commission introduced the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+) to mobilise EU cohesion funds to face the crisis. The CRII package does not offer new EU financial resources, rather it provides flexibility to use existing, unspent resources and re-direct them to where they are most needed.
The main focus of investments are for the:
Following the introduction of these exceptional measures, Ireland made the decision to transfer €60m of its ESF allocation to the ERDF to support the cost of supplying essential Personal Protective Equipment for use in the fight against COVID 19. Read about the Health & Support Scheme for PPE in the HSE.
Ireland has also availed of the optional co-financing rate of 100% to be applied to ESF and ERDF expenditure declared during the 2020/2021 financial year.
For further information check out the Commission’s Coronavirus Dashboard.
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