Mon. Jan 30th, 2023

P-003366/2021

Answer given by Mr Gentiloni

on behalf of the European Commission (30.8.2021)

On 19 May 2020, the Council adopted the Regulation setting up the new instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE). SURE financial assistance can be used to fund short-time work schemes and similar measures put in place as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to preserve employment and support incomes, including for the self-employed, and some health-related measures. The Commission has begun to take stock of the performance of SURE with the first bi-annual report published by the Commission on 22 March 20211.

The Commission is now concentrating its efforts on the response to the current COVID-19 crisis, including through the completion of the implementation of SURE and, more structurally, through the deployment of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Under SURE, there are still over EUR 5 billion available to help Member States. Under the RRF, non-repayable and loan support may be used by the Member States to finance forward- looking active labour market measures, such as training and upskilling, which would help to accompany workers and labour markets in this new phase, fostering the recovery and supporting the twin transitions to a greener and more digital economy.

Report on the European instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE) following the COVID-19 outbreak pursuant to Article 14 of Council Regulation (EU) 2020/672.

SURE: Taking Stock After Six Months:
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1209.

© European Union, 2021 – EP

Source: Answer to a written question – Statements by Commissioners Schmit and Gentiloni on the possibility of making SURE a permanent instrument – P-003366/2021(ASW)

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