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Cohesion policy 1994-99: consolidation and doubling the effort

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This video is part of a series of four clips produced within the framework of the twentieth anniversary of EU cohesion policy, showing the policy’s key implementation stages. It focuses on the period 1994-99, which was marked by the fulfilment of an idea bringing together development challenges and a regional dimension. A 1988 European Council regulation gave the green light for the integration of European funds within the context of “economic and social cohesion”. Since then, EU cohesion policy has become one of Europe’s major policies, aimed chiefly at the sustainable development of regions. The evolution of cohesion policy over time can be divided into four major periods: 1989-93 (from projects to programmes), 1994-99 (consolidation and doubling the effort), 2000-06 (making enlargement a success) and 2007-13 (focus on growth and employment).




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