THE EUROPEAN UNIONíS REGIONAL AND COHESION POLICY IN 2007-2013

by Antonescu, Daniela
Published in Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting, 2005, volume 6 issue 1,
71-79

Abstract

Regional policy puts into practice the solidarity between the people and the countries of Europe and sustains the achievement of one of the fundamental objectives: the strengthening of the EUís economic and social cohesion by reducing developmental; disparities between its regions. For the period 2007-2013, the Commission proposes to concentrate its priorities in three areas, with a global budget of approx. 336 billion euros: Convergence will stimulate growth and employment in the less developed regions; Competitiveness will anticipate changes in the rest of the EU and will include a regional component; for which a member state will select beneficiary zones and a national component based on the European Employment Strategy; Cooperation will draw on the experiences acquired by INTERREG to encourage harmonious development through the EU territory.

Keywords: convergence, regional competitiveness, European territorial cooperation, cohesion
JEL Classification: R11, F02