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Cohesion policy 2000-2006: making enlargement a success

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This video is part of a series of four clips produced as part of the 20th anniversary of EU cohesion policy, showing the policy’s key implementation stages. It focuses on the period 2000-06, which saw an unprecedented enlargement round involving 10 new EU members as well as the launch of the European Strategy for growth and jobs. 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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