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Lessons from 20 Years of Cohesion. ESRI WP159. September 2004

Fitz Gerald, John (2004) Lessons from 20 Years of Cohesion. ESRI WP159. September 2004. [Working Paper]

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    Over the last twenty years the four poorest states in the EU 15 have experienced very significant benefits as a consequence of their membership of the EU. Ireland became a member of the then EEC as early as 1973, whereas Greece became a member in 1980 and Spain and Portugal in the middle of the 1980s. These four “cohesion” states have pursued rather different policies over the past twenty years and have undergone rather different experiences of integration into the EU economy. For three of the four countries the last twenty years have seen a significant convergence in living standards towards the EU average. For Ireland the period of convergence in the 1990s was quite dramatic in terms of its speed. However, the progress in Spain and Portugal was also notable over the same period. It is only in the case of Greece that the progress has been less marked over the same period.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > cohesion policy
    Countries > Greece
    Countries > Ireland
    Countries > Portugal
    Countries > Spain
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Working Papers
    Depositing User: Alyssa McDonald
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 14:18
    Number of Pages: 26
    Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 14:18

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