Growing together: EU support to member states that joined in 2004
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On 1 May 2004, 10 countries acceded to the European Union. For these Member States to catch up with the EU average in terms of growth and income, the EU invested massively via its Cohesion Policy and, since 2014, via the Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan. These investments have had very positive results on the ground, not only thanks to EU funding but also to the efforts of these Member States to reform and become attractive places for investors and
for businesses to settle and thrive.