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Reform of the Structural Funds after 1999. European Policy Papers #5

Begg, Iain (1997) Reform of the Structural Funds after 1999. European Policy Papers #5. [Policy Paper]

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    [Introduction]. Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) makes it clear that cohesion is one of the fundamental principles the EU seeks to respect. Cohesion, however, is not an easy concept to pin down, although it is linked (in Article 130A of the TEU) to disparities between regions. In practice, what constitutes cohesion is a political rather than an economic judgement; disparities tolerable today may be unacceptable in five or ten years' time. The principal instruments that the EU has to advance cohesion are the Structural Funds, the Cohesion Fund and the lending effected by the European Investment Bank (EIB). Member State policies also play an important role in assuring cohesion, both by institutionalized inter-regional income transfers and by explicit programs aimed at the economic development of less-favored regions.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: European Investment Bank (INB). αβγδεζηθ
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regional policy/structural funds
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > cohesion policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Pittsburgh, University Center for International Studies, European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center > European Policy Paper Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2003
    Page Range: p. 20
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:14

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