The Netherlands will receive 4.7 billion euros from the European Corona Recovery Fund. Initially, the government wanted to claim 5.8 billion euros. However, because the Dutch economy is doing relatively well, that amount was adjusted downwards. In total, Europe has made 723.8 billion euros in loans and grants available, enabling member states to combat the consequences of the corona crisis and move towards a digital, green and, above all, CO2-free Europe. The Netherlands was the last EU country to apply for the billion-euro fund.
In a series of 30 episodes, the editors of Innovation Origins looked at all the member states’ plans. Reports have also been made about how residents of the European member states have set to work themselves. Main themes include climate change, public housing and the labor market. The Netherlands will use 40 percent of the investments for climate policy. There will be a CO2 tax for industry and the air passenger tax will be tightened.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, announced the commitment of the European billions yesterday during her visit to Rotterdam. She was received there by Prime Minister Rutte and Finance Minister Kaag. The money is intended for economic reforms and plans that restore the economy. The cabinet cited the change of car and energy taxes, plans to reduce nitrogen emissions, nature restoration and wind energy at sea. In the area of digitization and innovation, the Cabinet cited as examples the further development of artificial intelligence and quantum technology and the further digitization of the criminal justice chain.