Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
11. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will make a comment on the fact that Ireland did not apply for a key European Commission funding initiative in March 2022 aimed at ensuring continuity of energy supply in the wake of the Russia/Ukraine war through the REPowerEU programme; and the reason that Ireland failed to do so. [46222/22]
Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which was published earlier this year, sets out a total of 16 investments and 9 reform commitments which will be supported by approximately €915 million in grants from the European Recovery and Resilience Facility.
The European Commission’s REPowerEU proposal provides the potential for further funding via the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility.
My Department is working with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in considering potential proposals for funding under this mechanism. This work is being carried out as part of the broader budget process.