Thursday, 27.05.2021 - Live streaming via facebook

Online discussion: Greece and Portugal: Ready to grab the RRF opportunity?

Greece and Portugal have submitted their Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) plans to the EU Commission. For both countries, the implementation of these proposals and making maximum use of the funds available represent a unique opportunity to recover not only from the deep impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but also to heal some of the wounds from the previous debt crisis that led to Greece and Portugal going through long and painful adjustment programs.

The RRF also presents a chance for Athens and Lisbon to transform their economies and improve the daily lives of their citizens. Against this background, we would like to invite you to a discussion with Portuguese and Greek experts who have analysed these RRF plans. Our aim is to discover what the proposals entail, to what extent they can be game-changers and how they address major challenges like the climate crisis and inequality.

In our debate, we want to focus on the following issues:

  • What are the main elements of the two countries RRF proposals?
  • In which areas could the implementation of these plans lead to the greatest changes for the economy and society?
  • How will the plans help tackle the climate crisis?
  • Will the use of the RRF funds help promote social justice and equality in the two countries?
  • Where could some of the weaknesses in the two proposals lie?

The event will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 6-7.30pm (Greek time) and you can join it through our pages on Facebook @FESAthen -

* * * The event will be held in English * * *

Welcome & Introduction: Arne Schildberg, FES Athens, Director


  • Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
  • Vieira da Silva, Executive Director of the Res Publica Foundation, Lisbon
  • Georgia Nakou, political and economic analyst of the analysis platform MacroPolis

Moderation: Nick Malkoutzis, co-founder of the analysis platform MacroPolis/co-author of the paper “The Recovery Plan in Greece”


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