Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE)
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On 29 June 2022 the Commission took another important step to help Member States, regional and local authorities and partners to address the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine by adopting the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories’ (FAST-CARE). This is a new comprehensive package extending the support already provided under Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) by offering further support and further flexibility to Cohesion Policy funding.
CARE mobilised investments for housing, healthcare, translation or training for displaced people, as well as for the countries receiving them. However, as the situation deteriorates, stakeholders on the ground, including local authorities and civil society organisations tell us more support is needed. The new FAST-CARE responds to these requests by offering maximum flexibility for the implementation of Cohesion Policy investments. It also contributes to mitigate the delayed implementation of EU-funded projects due to the combined effect of COVID and the high energy costs, shortage of raw materials and labour force caused by the war.
Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 as regards additional flexibility to address the consequences of the military aggression of the Russian Federation FAST (Flexible Assistance for Territories) - CARE