di Adriano D’Onofrio – Master in Management e Politiche delle Pubbliche Amministrazioni – Luiss School of Government
The approval of the temporary recovery instrument “Next Generation EU” and of the Multi Financial Framework for the 2021-2027 period has provided an unprecedented volume of financial resources to the EU Member States. As such, it is crucial for all the actors involved to define appropriate institutional and administrative coordination mechanisms between the resources allocated by the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the cohesion policy’s structural funds, as these funds represent almost one third of the resources granted by the EU long term budget. The purpose of this paper is to identify and to describe the integration strategies that Member States may pursue to ensure the maximization of synergies between the two European instruments. The research has been furtherly deepened by employing a qualitative comparative analysis of the experiences of two Members States, Italy and Spain, with the aim of identifying potential best practices and areas for improvement in the definition of coordination measures adopted by the two countries.