The impact of regional operational programme on the economic development and regional competitiveness of North-West region of Romania : partial findings and emerging challenges

Dodescu, Anca and Chirilă, Lavinia: The impact of regional operational programme on the economic development and regional competitiveness of North-West region of Romania : partial findings and emerging challenges. Regional Growth, Competitiveness and Development. pp. 77-89. (2013)

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Abstract

Romania, one of the newest European Union members, benefits from grants in order to implement projects in accordance to European Union’s policies that should finally lead to economic development and social welfare. The regional development policy is one of the most important policies of EU that aims to reduce development discrepancies between regions by financing the less developed ones. Even though the aim of the EU funds is clearly defined, the actual impact of their implementation is difficult to appreciate despite the efforts that have been done up to present in order to identify the most appropriate evaluation method. In Romania, one of the programmes created in order to reduce regional disparities is the Regional Operational Programme (RO Programme), financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). However, trying to determine the economic and competitive effects of structural funds implementation encouraged the authors of the present paper to choose an ex-post evaluation, by applying a questionnaire to the beneficiaries of EU funding through RO Programme from the North-West development region of Romania. The main questions that the paper tries to answer to are How effective are the EU money spent in Romania? Which are the biggest obstacles in the process of EU funds implementation? Do the EU funds contribute to the increase of regional competitiveness? The quantitative research taken in the purpose of identifying the impact of using EU non-refundable over economic development and regional competitiveness has been done on the basis of conceiving and applying of an on-line research and monitoring questionnaire, called Questionnaire of evaluation of the RO Programme impact on the North-West region of Romania, sent to be filled in to every RO Programme funding beneficiaries in the North-West region – the sample was formed of 155 beneficiaries who had implemented projects by 01 October 2012.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Regional Growth, Competitiveness and Development
Date: 2013
Page Range: pp. 77-89
ISBN: 978-963-306-222-7
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vidékfejlesztés - Románia, Versenyképesség
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 88-89. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 23. 09:02
Last Modified: 2019. May. 23. 09:02
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/57927

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