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By Achille Hannequart

With discussions of an entire inner industry in the EC ultimately attaining fruition, and standard intergovernmental talks advancing the guidelines of financial, financial and maybe ultimately political union, fiscal and social harmony has turn into an immense aim of group policy.

Regional disparities stay a difficult truth of neighborhood existence. even supposing there was cash on hand given that 1975 to advertise nearby improvement and coaching within the poorer elements of Europe, it truly is most likely that with out severe reform of the Structural cash those disparities may possibly speed up. there was expanding anxiousness from those nations approximately their skill to outlive within the unmarried industry - nervousness which could jeopardise their participation locally effort.

The EC has for that reason devoted itself to new tasks in technological know-how and know-how, the surroundings, social coverage and financial and social unity. This e-book reviews how the recent coverage can top be designed, exploring ways that Structural cash should be applied to supply new possibilities for the poorer member states.

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However, our second point is that this new approach does not yet offer a comprehensive alternative to conventional regional policy. The reason POLICY REQUIREMENTS FOR REGIONAL BALANCE 35 is that knowledge of the nature and processes of regional development has not yet reached the stage where plans capable of really reversing regional decline, or initiating regional growth, are available to member states or the Commission. Until more effective regional development plans are designed, further increases in the volume of the Structural Funds would be of definite but limited value.

Indeed, having stated the view, Delors refers the reader to ‘The economics of 1992’ ‘for a fuller presentation of these arguments and further references’ (Delors 1989b:83). While there is some truth in the idea that in the new theories of trade, regional effects are less predictable, there is, in my view, no basis for the statement that an uneven distribution of benefits and costs is less likely. It can be shown that the view put forward in the Cecchini Report, and restated by Delors, is based on a misrepresentation of the traditional trade theory and a highly selective account of the new approach (see NESC 1989:344–8).

Indeed, this analysis led Professor Dreze of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels to the conclusion that ‘If the EC’s internal market programme is not realised during a period of faster growth then the costs will outweigh the benefits’. Second, although co-ordinated macroeconomic policy is necessary to achieve sustained growth, it does not follow, either logically or historically, that rapid growth of the European economy, however achieved, is sufficient to bring about a significant reduction in regional disparities.

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