Study on the relevance and the effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund support to Regions with Specific Geographical Features – Islands, Mountainous and Sparsely Populated areas

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Available languages : English
Period : 2007-2013
Date : 02/01/2012

This study analyzed the extent to which cohesion policy interventions have been appropriate and effective in the special territories for the 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 periods. It was carried out for both periods 2000 – 2006 and 2007 – 2013 and was based on analysis of ERDF / CF impact on fifteen NUTS2 regions, and six NUTS3 areas. The study showed that the two financial instruments created a stable long term financial framework in which the regions can operate and develop projects that would have not been possible to be funded otherwise (such as transport or environment infrastructures) or projects that build on local assets (touristic and creative activities, support to cluster for example). It was proved that the instruments had the required flexibility to meet the needs of such challenging regions provided that policy approaches are more strategic and better coordinated through multi level governance arrangements.

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