Reform of EU Structural Policy

Gediminas Kazėnas


The article analyses changes of EU structural policy in the new programming period of 2007 – 2013. In the beginning of the article the evaluation of EU structural policy is made, which allows to formulate the main principles of structural policy. Subsequent reconstruction of financial instruments of structural policy is analysed, and attention is paid to the fact that from 2007 only two structural funds formally remain. Combined with financial instruments for structural policy there are three funds in total. Also in the article an analysis of new objectives of structural policy is made. Legal bases for European territorialcooperation grouping is also analyzed. Finally, the article affirms that structural policy develops to cohesion policy.


structural policy; regional policy; cohesion policy; cohesion fund

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