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European „c” quest: community, competitiveness, convergence, cohesion. what should the “eu new comer romanians” aim for?


  • Jora Octavian-Dragomir

    () (Bucharest University of Economics, Faculty of International Business and Economics)

  • Topan Mihai-Vladimir

    () (Bucharest University of Economics, Faculty of International Business and Economics)

  • Musetescu Radu-Cristian

    () (Bucharest University of Economics, Faculty of International Business and Economics)


The analyses carried out both at the centre (Brussels) and at the destination (member states) (ab)use of the principle that in public expenditure terms “spent money means well-spent money” and consider that absorption capacity equals economic performance (equated quite disputably with disparity reduction). The aggregate Keynesian perspective provides the main argument in favour of this interpretation: EU funds lead to GDP growth (economic growth). This vision overlooks the crucial importance of resource allocation micro-processes, private property and business activity. Therewith, the process of making European funds profitable and, consequently, the EU convergence feasible depends on the extent to which the absorption environment is structurally reformed. The “cohesion paradox,” which can be formulated like “least underdeveloped regions have relatively higher chances to attract European funds, while disparities compared to relatively less developed regions might even intensify”, can be broken only through multi-dimensional reform, immaterial to whether we speak about Romania, or Ireland, or Portugal, or Spain, or Greece.

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  • Jora Octavian-Dragomir & Topan Mihai-Vladimir & Musetescu Radu-Cristian, 2008. "European „c” quest: community, competitiveness, convergence, cohesion. what should the “eu new comer romanians” aim for?," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 343-349, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ora:journl:v:1:y:2008:i:1:p:343-349

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    1. Benjamin Powell, 2003. "Economic Freedom and Growth: The Case of the Celtic Tiger," Cato Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, vol. 22(3), pages 431-448, Winter.
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    1. Cristian Păun & Ștefan Ungureanu, 2015. "The Nominal And Real Convergence:A Real Problem For A Single Currency Area," Review of Social and Economic Issues, Romanian-American University, vol. 1(2), pages 29-49, march.

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    EU funding; EU regulations; private property; competitiveness; convergence; cohesion;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration


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