Opportunities under the European Recovery and Resilience Plan

The severity of the pandemic crisis and its profound effects on the different Member States have led the European Commission to define a collective and concerted solution..

As a result, the European Commission's solution includes the mobilisation of financial resources to support the Member States, under a strategic plan based on the idea of 'investment as a political response'. The total amount of EUR 1.824,3 billion is divided between the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, which accounts for EUR 1.074,3 billion, and a new European Recovery and Resilience Instrument called Next Generation EU, with a budget allocation of EUR 750 billion.

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European Recovery and Resilience Plan

Next Generation EU

Next Generation EU is a temporary instrument designed to assist the Member States. Its EUR 750 billion allocation will enable the different national recovery and resilience plans to be set up to respond to the crisis and comply with the European priority for the climate and digital transitions.

These funds will be channelled to Member States over the period 2021-2026, with 70% to be disbursed in 2021 and 2022.

In this context, it should be noted that the three Member States with the highest Next Generation EU allocations are Italy (27%), Spain (22%) and Poland (10%). Portugal is expected to receive EUR 30,6 billion, i.e. approximately 4% of the total.

  • European Union:
  • ● EUR 390 billion in grants
  • ● EUR 360 billion in loans

  • Portugal:
  • ● EUR 16,4 billion in grants
  • ● EUR 14,2 billion in loans
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Diagrama Portugal

Investment in a green, digital and resilient Europe

In order to ensure an effective response by the European Union to the pandemic crisis, the Next Generation EU programme is made up of three pillars:

Portugal’s Recovery and Resilience Plan

Reform Mechanism to complement Portugal 2020 and Portugal 2030 Strategy

The national Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) amounts to EUR 30,6 billion, divided into EUR 16,4 billion in grants and EUR 14,2 billion in loans, and will be in force from 2021 to 2026.

Following the "Strategic Vision for the Portuguese Economic Recovery Plan 2020-2030”, a document produced by António Costa e Silva, the consolidated results of the strategic analysis exercise were posteriorly incorporated into the national strategy of the Portuguese RRP.

The RRP is an instrument of structural transformation with a strong reformist drive, which, in response to the effects of the pandemic crisis, is fully aligned with the principles of the European action. It is therefore fully complementary to the strategic purposes set out in Portugal 2020 and the Portugal 2030 Strategy.

Considering the EU recommendations and the challenges related to demographics, digitalisation and climate change, the RRP is divided into 3 Dimensions in order to support a sustainable and inclusive growth:

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First line of response to the effects of the pandemic crisis

The Resilience Dimension, which totals an amount of EUR 8.543 million in grants (61% of the plan’s budget) and EUR 2.399 in loans, comprises Social Vulnerabilities, Production Potential and Employment, and Competitiveness and Territorial Cohesion roadmaps.

Aligned with the European Green Deal, it will contribute to meeting climate targets

The Climate Transition Dimension, which totals an amount EUR 2.888 million in grants (21% of the plan's budget) and EUR 300 million in loans includes the Sustainable Mobility, Decarbonisation and Bioeconomy and Energy Efficiency and Renewables roadmaps, bearing in mind the carbon neutrality by 2050 action guidelines.

Designed to contribute to setting up effective digital structures, bearing in mind the dematerialisation of learning and processes

The Digital Transition Dimension, which totals an amount of EUR 2.513 million in grants (18% of the plan's budget), comprises the Digital School, Companies 4.0 and Digital Public Administration roadmaps.

Dimensions, Components and Investments

Portugal’s RRP aims to boost investments, in articulation with 36 structural reforms and 77 structural investments

In the framework of the European response to the pandemic crisis and in line with the European priority for the climate and digital transitions, Portugal’s RRP comprises three dimensions and nineteen components, all duly articulated, whose investments aim to give an ambitious impulse to 36 reforms.

Therefore, considering the dimensions - Resilience, Climate Transition and Digital Transition - the components and their investments are as follows (click on each to find out more):


  • ● Primary health care with more capabilities (463 million euros)
  • ● National Integrated Care Network and National Palliative Care Network (205 million euros)
  • ● Completion of the Mental Health Reform (included in the hospital network) (85 million euros)
  • ● Hospital equipment (Lisbon, Sintra and Seixal) (196 million euros)
  • ● Strengthening the Regional Health Service of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (89 million euros)
  • ● Digital transition in Health (300 million euros)
  • ● Digitalisation in Health - Autonomous Region of Madeira (15 million euros)
  • ● Digital hospital - Autonomous Region of Azores (30 million euros)


  • ● Housing Access Support Program (1.251 million euros)
  • ● National Emergency and Temporary Accommodation Pool (186 million euros)
  • ● Stepping up supported housing offer in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (136 million euros)
  • ● Improving conditions in housing in the Autonomous Region of the Azores (60 million euros)
  • ● Public housing at affordable costs (loans) (774 million euros)
  • ● Student accommodation at affordable costs (loans) (375 million euros)


  • ● New Generation of Facilities and Social Responses for Childhood, Ageing and Disabled People (417 million de euros)
  • ● 360º Accessibility (45 million euros)
  • ● Platform + Access (3 million euros)
  • ● Strengthening Social Responses in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (83 million euros)
  • ● Implementing the Regional Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion - Support Networks in Azores (35 million euros)


  • ● Integrated Operations in Disadvantaged Communities in the Metropolitan Areas of Lisbon and Oporto (250 million euros)


  • ● Re-industrialization mobiliser agendas (558 million euros)
  • ● Green re-industrialization mobiliser agendas (372 million euros)
  • ● Mission interface - renewal of the science and technology support network and orientation toward production facilities (186 million euros)
  • ● Research and innovation agenda for the sustainability of agriculture, food and agro-industry (93 million euros)
  • ● Development of the Azores Sea Cluster (32 million euros)
  • ● Recapitalisation of the Azores Business System (125 million euros)
  • ● Economic Recovery of Azores Agriculture (30 million euros)
  • ● Capitalization of companies and financial resilience / Banco de Fomento (loans) (1.250 million euros)


  • ● Modernization of the offer and of the educational and vocational training establishments (710 million euros)
  • ● Decent work promotion agenda (230 million euros)
  • ● Young Impulse STEAM (250 million euros)
  • ● Adult Incentive (140 million euros)
  • ● Adult Qualification and Lifelong Learning in Azores (29 million euros)


  • ● Business installation areas (110 million euros)
  • ● Missing links and increase network capacity (362,9 million euros)
  • ● Cross-border links (110 million euros)
  • ● Business installation areas - road accessibility (190 million euros)
  • ● Logistics circuits - Azores Regional Road Network (60 million euros)


  • ● Transforming the landscape of vulnerable forest areas (270 million euros)
  • ● Fuel management bands - primary network (167 million euros)
  • ● Rural firefighting resources (92 million euros)
  • ● Rural territory register and modernization system for land use (96 million euros)
  • ● Programme More Forest (40 million euros)


  • ● Algarve water efficiency plan (200 million euros)
  • ● Crato multi-purpose water infrastructure (Pisão Dam) (171 million euros)
  • ● Efficiency plan and water reinforcement in the Autonomous Region of the Madeira supply and irrigation systems (70 million euros)


  • ● Expansion of the Lisbon Metro Network - Red Line to Alcântara (304 million euros)
  • ● Expansion of the Porto Metro Network - Casa da Música - Santo Ovídeo (299 million euros)
  • ● Odivelas-Loures Light Rail Line (250 million euros)
  • ● Boavista-Império BRT Line (83 million euros)
  • ● Decarbonisation of Public Transport (96 million euros)
  • ● Acquisition of railway equipment (loans) (300 million euros)


  • ● Decarbonisation of industry (715 million euros)


  • ● Bioeconomy (150 million euros)


  • ● Energy efficiency in residential buildings (300 million euros)
  • ● Energy efficiency in central government buildings (250 million euros)
  • ● Energy efficiency in service buildings (70 million euros)


  • ● Hydrogen from renewable gases (186 million euros)
  • ● Boosting renewable electricity in the Madeira Archipelago (69 million euros)
  • ● Energy transition in the Azores (116 million euros)


  • ● Digital Transition in Education (500 million euros)
  • ● Digital education (Azores) (38 million euros)
  • ● Program for Accelerating the digitalisation of Education (Madeira) (21 million euros)


  • ● Digital Training (enterprises) (150 million euros)
  • ● Digital transition of enterprises (400 million euros)
  • ● Catalyzing the digital transition of enterprises (100 million euros)


  • ● Modernization of the infrastructure of the Tax Authority's asset information system (43 million euros)
  • ● Public Financial Management Information Systems (163 million euros)
  • ● Digital transition in Social Security (200 million euros)


  • ● Economic Justice and Business Environment (267 million euros)


  • ● Reformulate the service provided by public and consular services with the redesign of the national Single Digital Portal, the redesign of the most used digital services and the development of the multichannel service capacity (198 million euros)
  • ● Sustainable electronic services, based on interoperability and use of data to increase transparency and efficiency (102 million euros)
  • ● Reinforce the overall cybersecurity framework on the basis of trust for the adoption of electronic services (47 million euros)
  • ● Sufficient, secure and shared digital critical infrastructures (83 million euros)
  • ● Training for Public Administration - training of workers and future management (98 million euros)
  • ● Modernization and Digitalization of the Regional Public Administration (Azores and Madeira) (Açores (25 million euros) and Madeira (78 million euros))

ReStart Center for Business

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The ReStart Center for Business has a team of more than 150 professionals, which includes Auditing, Consulting, Financial Advisory, Tax and Risk Advisory and specialists from different industries and sectors, with extensive experience and business knowledge. It is the most complete strategic and operational support center in the area of European and EU funds.

This multidisciplinary center, forming part of a European Deloitte network covering all Member States, is aimed at public and private entities. It supports organisations to identify and implement strategic investments which are relevant to their businesses as well as to maximise the co-financing opportunities offered by EU funds under European economic recovery (Portugal 2020, Recovery and Resilience Plan, and Portugal 2030), regardless of their location.

The integrated offer of the ReStart Center for Business is based on a centralised monitoring methodology, covering all phases of access to funds, including the identification and design of complex projects compatible with European Union aid, preparation and submission of applications, assistance in the negotiation phase and in the implementation and monitoring of co-financed projects.

How we can help

Deloitte offers six integrated components, which guarantee the necessary knowledge, experience and multidisciplinarity:

EU support observatory
  • • Information platform on European and national support
  • • Comparative diagnoses between the funds of the different Member States
Individual and sectoral positioning
  • • Framework analyses and sectoral solutions by field or thematic agenda
  • • Drafting of descriptive documents on projects to be supported by European funds
Identification and design of projects compatible with European Union aid
  • • Mapping of opportunities and analysis of project eligibility
  • • Analysis of project merit and quantification of the potential incentive
  • • Diagnosis of the project's financial impacts
Preparation and submission of applications for co-financing
  • • Economic and financial studies supporting the investment
  • • Preparation of application forms
  • • Cost-benefit analysis reports
Support in the negotiation phase
  • • Assistance in the negotiation process, decision on contracts and project planning
  • • Scenario mapping for decision making
Management and monitoring
  • • Project management and planning, including analysis of deviations and drawing up recommendations
  • • Preparation of requests for incentive payments and respective certification reports


A specialised, multidisciplinary team

Sérgio Paulo Oliveira

ReStart Center for Business Leader
Partner, Tax, Global Investment and Innovation Incentives

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Miguel Eiras Antunes

In charge of Resilience area
Partner, Public Sector, Transportation, Automotive & Tourism Leader

+351 210 423 825

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Diogo Santos

In charge of Digital Transition area
Partner, Consulting, Business Consulting

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Filipe Melo de Sampaio

In charge of Climate Transition area
Associate Partner, Consulting, Energy, Resources & Industrial

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