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Sustainable Development Aspects In Romania-Republic Of Serbia Ipa Cross-Border Cooperation Programme


  • Popescu (Stingaciu) Ana-Maria

    () (Universitatea de Vest Timisoara, Facultatea de Economie si de Administrare a Afacerilor)

  • Munteanu Nicolae-Eugen

    () (Universitatea de Vest Timisoara, Facultatea de Economie si de Administrare a Afacerilor)


This research paper is based on the analysis of the sustainability aspects in cross-border cooperation programmes. The importance of this research topic consists in presenting if the implementation of the activities of the projects submitted under cross-border cooperation programmes is based on the sustainability aspects. In this matter, the article will present theoretical aspects of sustainable development, territorial cohesion and cross-border development and focuses on practical questions related to sustainability aspects in the case of the Romania '" Republic of Serbia IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme. One of the main challenges of the cross-border area is also environmental challenges. Sustainable development is represents the fundamental objective of the European Union and refers to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. Countries cannot develop without existing cooperation between them, therefore EU policy is based on economic, social and territorial cohesion. Methodologically, the research is based on identifying of appropriate theoretical concepts corresponding to the chosen theme, collecting and processing data. The paper concludes with answers to key questions related to the integration of sustainable development aspects in cross-border cooperation programmes and projects. The results of the research have implications that could contribute to the current problem of absorption rate of EU funds, offering information about IPA cross-border cooperation programmes and increasing the capacity of potential applicants to elaborate and implement projects for obtaining and using financial EU funds. The added value of the paper results from the fact that EU financing is a topical issue of great interest to European and national level. To the best of our knowledge, this topic has not yet been researched within the national literature. The author contributed by performing methodology of qualitative research, a study case regarding the Romania-Republic of Serbia IPA CBC Programme, which can be very useful for a better understanding of the European Union financial allocations through cross-border cooperation programmes.

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  • Popescu (Stingaciu) Ana-Maria & Munteanu Nicolae-Eugen, 2012. "Sustainable Development Aspects In Romania-Republic Of Serbia Ipa Cross-Border Cooperation Programme," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(2), pages 127-132, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ora:journl:v:1:y:2012:i:2:p:127-132

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    sustainable development; cross-border cooperation; IPA; territorial cohesion; environmental impact;

    JEL classification:

    • F - International Economics
    • H - Public Economics
    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics


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