According to available reports, several Member States share the CoR position, expressed in the opinion, that RSP funding should be allocated according to the cohesion objective, i.e., to the countries most in need of structural reforms
The key messages of the CoR opinion are summarized in the EP briefing on the RSP published on 13.3.2019
The recent Franco-German joint position on a possible Eurozone Budgetary Instrument (21.2.2019) mentions the possibility that such instrument funds the cost of reforms and/or investments identified in the context of the European semester. The position seems to focus on "diverging" MS (as the CoR's), rather than on all MS as the initial EC proposal. Unlike the EC proposal, it is based on co-financing, but the EU share could increase in case of severe downturn. The size of the financial contributions, in the FR-DE position, should be linked to the cost of reforms and/or investments
In line with CoR positions, in October 2018, the EP rejected the Commission proposal to amend the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) to allow the use of the performance reserve to support structural reforms not linked to cohesion objectives.
In its position on the Commission's proposal on re-financing the SRSP and broadening its scope (4 July 2018), the EP proposed to give the programme the goal "to support the involvement and consultation of regional and local authorities in the preparation and implementation of structural reform measures to a degree commensurate with the powers and responsibilities of those regional and local authorities within the constitutional and administrative structure of each Member State".
The EP decided not to vote on both the RSP and the EISF in the legislature ending in May 2019
In its follow-up (11 April 2019), the European Commission
on the RSP, noted that other EU programmes also have a "neutral" allocation key, did not reply on whether a financial contribution would be enough to trigger complex structural reforms, keept rejecting the CoR idea of a Code of Conduct to involve the LRAs in the Semester, stated that dissaminating good practices would make it
on the EISF, noted that national authorities would be free to redirect EU funding to support investments at regional and local level as needed, also noted that flexibility clauses would be taken into account when assessing compliance with the SGP, shared the view that the minimum level of investment member states would have to ensure should be defined in a flexible manner, stressed that with the EISF stabilisation would become an explicit objective of the EU budget.