FRANCE’S RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE PLAN

The European Commission has given a positive assessment to France’s recovery and resilience plan, which will be financed by €39.4 billion in grants. The financing provided by the Recovery and Resilience Facility – at the heart of NextGenerationEU – will support the implementation by 2026 of crucial investment and reform measures put forward by France to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

46 % of the plan’s total allocation for reforms and investments supports climate objectives

SHARE OF FULLY VACCINATED IN EUROPE

As of 27/28 July 2021

CORRUPTION IN EU COUNTRIES

Source: 2021 Rule of Law Report

Low and Relatively Low Level of Corruption

INFLUENCE PEDDLING/TRADING IN INFLUENCE

Influence peddling or trading in influence occurs when an individual who has real or apparent influence over someone else another person exchanges their influence for undue advantage. There are demand and supply sides to this act. The person holding an influential position solicits benefits in exchange for using his or her influence to unduly and unfairly advance the interests of a select third party. An influence peddler receives or accepts the benefit (usually a bribe) from the third party so that he or she can exert her/his influence on another party’s decision. 

COMMON FRAUD AND CORRUPTION RISKS

Application and Project Selection

ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES IN THE EU

Source: EC Rule of Law Report 2021

The 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI shows that EU Member States continue to be among the world’s best performers.

UPDATE ON LOBBYING REGULATIONS IN THE EU

The European Commission has released its second-ever rule-of-law report, which includes updates on how lobbying rules have changed in EU countries in the 10 months since the last report was published. The Commission states  that ‘Lobbying is a legitimate act of political participation,’ and that ‘It needs to be accompanied by strong requirements of transparency and integrity to ensure accountability and inclusiveness in decision-making.’

FIGHTING PRIVATE SECTOR OFFENSIVE ACTORS (PSOAs)

Spyware is designed to enable secret, unauthorized access to an electronic device without being detected. It can be used to seize control of a person’s phone or computer, potentially exposing where they are, the identity of their sources, their private communications, and more.

Some spyware tools infect a target’s phone via spoof messages that look legitimate and trick the recipient into clicking on a malicious link. Others can access a target’s device without their taking any action.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION STRATEGY

  1. Help to close knowledge gaps on climate impacts and resilience, including on oceans, through Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, Copernicus and EMODnet;
  2. Improve the state of the art on adaptation modelling, risk assessment and management tools – towards “asset-level modelling”.
  3. Promote and support the use of its Risk Data Hub to harmonise the recording and collection of comprehensive and granular climate-related risk and losses data, and promote national level public private partnerships to collect and share such data;

CIVIL PROTECTION NEEDS TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE

In order to adapt to the impacts of climate change, civil protection organisations need to revise their internal structures and processes in particular. Also new means of communication and education regarding potential hazards can help to reduce negative impacts of climate change and raise awareness for climatic changes.

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