Don’t blame Brussels if you don’t benefit from EU Cohesion Policy!

Despite the European Commission’s claims that its Cohesion Policy has had a positive impact on beneficiary regions, some member states argue that it is not fit for purpose and have called for a renationalisation of the policy. This column suggests that while there have been some positive effects on regional growth and jobs across the EU as a whole, these have been concentrated in the beneficiary regions of Germany and the UK, and structural problems in the South of Europe remain largely untouched. This uneven distribution of regional impacts along national lines suggests that individual member states have significant responsibilities for the local success (or failure) of the policy.

https://voxeu.org/article/don-t-blame-brussels-if-you-don-t-benefit-eu-cohesion-policy

Riccardo Crescenzi, Mara Giua

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