Reflections on the Performance of Cohesion Policy

Cite as: Bachtler, J., Mendez, C., & Kah, S. (2013) Reflections on the Performance of Cohesion Policy. Territorial Cohesion in Europe, Pecs, Institute for Regional Studies, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,

This chapter assesses the debate on the performance of cohesion policy and the implications of changes being introduced for the 2014–20 period. It begins by examining the contested evidence for the performance of cohesion policy and then reviews the rationale and substance of new performance obligations proposed by the Commission. The final section considers whether the objectives of the reforms can be achieved.

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