SDÜ İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi Dergisi, Cilt 7, Sayı 1 (2002)


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This article considers what are the main developments of Structural Funds, focusing especially on the implications of enlargement. It reviews Agenda 2000 and what will be expected from the Structural Funds in the future. EU members aim to reduce the rate of SFs in the budget. The candidate countries will bring heavy economic burdens on the budget. The enlargement will involve not only a major expansion is size, but also in economic diversity and will increase regional disparities within the EU. It also creates political tensions and budgetary difficulties; the new countries will require equal access to funds but existing beneficiaries will be unwilling to see thefunds they receive reduced.
Regional Policy, Structural Funds, Agenda 2000, Enlargement.

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