The Implementational Analysis of EU Structural Funds: Case Studies of Cohesion Countries

Kristina Bernotaitë

Abstract


This publication provides and analyses the European Union Structural Funds impact on the disparity the Irelands and Greece, Spain and Portugal. As my assumption is that Structural Funds were not enough acceptably put to use, thus this article provides the actual results observed in an attempt to prove this supposition by explaining the major examples of Ireland’s recent economic growth. The Irish experience and comparative analysis of Greece, Spain and Portugal cases is used as a model of successful use of structural funding. Despite its limitations, Ireland economic convergence is compared with the other Cohesion countries during the 1988, 1993 and 1999 reforms.

Keywords


European Union Structural Funds; Cohesion policy; National development Plan; Regional Development Plan; Community Support Framework; Operations Programmes; Community Support Framework; Community Initiatives

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603