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Absorption of the structural funds in Romania


  • Cace, Corina

    () (Academy of Economic Studies, Teacher Training Department)

  • Cace, Sorin

    () (Institute for Quality of Life Research (ICCV), Romanian Academy)

  • Nicolaescu, Victor

    () (Faculty of History, University of Bucharest)


The European structural policy was directed towards consolidating the specific objectives of narrowing the regional disparities, an ample process of negotiation for the allocation of the structural funds to the new member states, Romania included. In Romania there is a need to disseminate the positive practices of EU member states in implementing the structural policies, and an urge to evaluate the progress in absorbing the structural funds and to identify the adequate measures to remedy the deficiencies noticed in the operational programs. This study gives an overall image of the allocation of structural funds for the new EU member states, Romania included, describes the absorption of the structural funds in Romania in 2009 and reviews the blockages and the solutions proposed for the absorption of these funds. The standard pattern of analysis which we used is a radiography of the actual situation, but further investigations are needed in order to identify the optimal solutions to accomplishing better results in the absorption of structural funds in Romania.

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  • Cace, Corina & Cace, Sorin & Nicolaescu, Victor, 2011. "Absorption of the structural funds in Romania," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(2), pages 84-105, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2011:i:2:p:84-105

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    1. Irimie, Sabin Ioan & Munteanu, Rares, 2013. "Sustainable development of Romania through the structural funds," MPRA Paper 50251, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2013.
    2. Delia Anca Gabriela Gligor & Marius Ioan Pantea, 2015. "Regional Competitiveness And The Impact Of Eu Structural Funds: The Case Of Romania," Annals of University of Craiova - Economic Sciences Series, University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(43), pages 58-67.
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    5. Brancu Laura & Munteanu Valentin & Gligor Delia, 2013. "CRITICAL FACTORS IN HRD PROJECTSâ€(tm) IMPLEMENTATION: EVIDENCE FROM PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN ROMANIA," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 215-224, July.
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    European Union; absorption capacity; structural funds; administrative capacity; Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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