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Competition and cohesion - coherence or conflict? EU regional state aid reform post-2006

Wishlade, F.G. (2007) Competition and cohesion - coherence or conflict? EU regional state aid reform post-2006. Regional Studies, 42 (5). pp. 753-765. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

In 2005, the European Commission adopted competition policy Guidelines regulating national regional aid. Mirroring European Union Cohesion policy reforms, initially the Commission took a 'hard line' outlawing national regional aid, except in areas designated by the Commission, in order to improve cohesion, competition, and the efficiency of aid spending. This was successfully resisted by the Member States in favour of a more flexible regime. This paper argues that the Commission's approach to regional aid reform was flawed and raises wider questions about the relationship between national and European Union regional policies and the way in which the European Union promotes cohesion, competition and competitiveness.

Item type: Article
ID code: 8791
Keywords: european union, competition policy, european union cohesion policy, state aid, regional policy, regional incentives, assisted areas, Political institutions (Europe), Environmental Science(all), Social Sciences(all)
Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (Europe)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > European Policies Research Centre
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    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009 15:20
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 21:11
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8791

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