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Regional development, Absorption problems and the EU Structural Funds

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  • Andrej Horvat

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  • Gunther Maier

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Based on the review of literature and our own conceptual considerations, we show that absorption problems regarding the EU Structural Funds may be important. Our brief covering of some general macroeconomic aspects of absorption problems brings us closer to the central topic of our paper, namely, the question of how to measure the administrative capacities of particular Candidate Countries for Structural Funds. First, we describe a suitable methodology for calculating the administrative absorption capacities of Candidate Countries. We then turn to some of the Candidate CountriesÂ’ institution-building activities in preparation for the EUÂ’s Structural Policy. This shows that the process of preparing programming documents was the central point of the overall institution-building exercise. At the end of this chapter we present calculations on administrative capacities in five Candidate Countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia and Slovenia, respectively. These calculations are based on previous calculations by the European Commission and on the strategic documents negotiated between the Commission and these Candidate Countries before the end of 2003. By calculating the key indicators of administrative capacity, we offer some preliminary statements regarding the present administrative capacity in a particular prospective new Member State and provide additional information on the overall absorption capacity of the countries in the 2004-2006 programme period.

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  • Andrej Horvat & Gunther Maier, 2004. "Regional development, Absorption problems and the EU Structural Funds," ERSA conference papers ersa04p591, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa04p591
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    1. Popescu Anca Simina, 2015. "The Absorption Capacity Of European Funds – Concepts," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 3, pages 119-125, June.
    2. Claudiu George Bocean, 2012. "Absorption Capacity Of Eu Funds In Romania," Revista Tinerilor Economisti (The Young Economists Journal), University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(18), pages 123-130, April.
    3. Carmen Beatrice Pauna, 2013. "Innovative Clusters in Times of Economic Crisis. Case Study Romania," Acta Universitatis Danubius. OEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 9(4), pages 105-116, August.
    4. Ceausescu Ionut, 2016. "Examples Of Good Practice Needed In Implementation Of The European Funds," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 4, pages 136-140, August.
    5. Zaman, Gheorghe & Georgescu, George, 2009. "Structural Fund Absorption: A New Challenge For Romania?," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 6(1), pages 136-154, March.
    6. Laura MARINAS & Eugen PRIOTEASA, 2015. "Views on the Absorption Rate of the European Social Fund in Romania," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 16(3), pages 354-371, July.
    7. Irina Bosie (Ungureanu) & Andrei Puicã, 2011. "Romanian Administrative Capacity Of European Funds Absobtion," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 3(4), pages 480-487, December.
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