This additional opinion will complement and update the proposals made in the original 2021 ASGS opinion, adopted in February this year. The purpose of the additional opinion is to take into account recent developments as regards the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.
The European Semester has been adapted to the special circumstances triggered by the pandemic and it is playing a central role in the recovery, through the implementation of the Facility. The additional opinion is necessary for the EESC to make related proposals and it will be presented to the October 2021 Plenary in order to provide a timely input to the Commission's preparation of the next ASGS expected for November 2021. It will therefore target directly the next European Semester cycle at the right political and institutional moment.