EU Regional Policy and Pre-Accession Support for The Republic of Macedonıa

Kostoska, Olivera and Spirovski, Marko and Ristovska, Mirjana and Hristoski, Ilija (2017) EU Regional Policy and Pre-Accession Support for The Republic of Macedonıa. International Balkan and Near Eastern Social Sciences Congress Series VI. IBANESS Congress Series-Ohrid / MACEDONIA. pp. 401-413. ISSN 978-9989-695-57-5

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Abstract: For much of the past years, the EU has simultaneously pursued the incentive of deeper integration and
enlargement, thus becoming a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries.
Enlargement serves as an impetus for political and economic reforms that moves in steps which are largely
determined by the candidate countries’ respect for the Copenhagen criteria and their ability to take on the obligations
of membership. Meeting the accession criteria entails considerable efforts in terms of public investment and access
to knowledge and expertise. In the past, the EU has supported the candidates and potential candidates with technical
and financial help through a number of separate instruments. Since 2007, the EU pre-accession funding has been
guided through a single instrument, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). Important element of the IPA
funds is the resource available for EU regional (cohesion) policy that stands for an important policy tool to preserve
some of the EU keystones, viz. the single market and the common currency. That is to say, the last three IPA (2007-
2013) components have been intended to mirror closely structural, cohesion and rural development funds permitting
the beneficiaries to prepare themselves for effective implementation of the EU cohesion policy after accession.
Hence, this analytical paper aims at presenting a systematic overview of the EU regional (cohesion) policy, i.e. the
rationale for such policy from a theoretical perspective, as well as its origins and historical patterns. With special
reference to absorption capacity, the paper will subsequently assess the pre-accession support provided to
Macedonia as a candidate country for EU membership.
Keywords: EU regional policy, pre-accession assistance, Macedonia

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Pfk Eprints
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 13:06
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2020 13:06

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