The E.U. Structural Funds

The E.U. Structural Funds

The E.U. Structural Funds

The E.U. Structural Funds

Synopsis

The EU Structural Funds is a pioneering book that provides the first systematic and critical examination of the role of the EU Structural Funds and other financial instruments in European integration. The examination is important because of the substantial sums of money involved and shows that these sums are not necessarily being used effectively or efficiently. Total Structural Fund spending from 1994 to 1999 is to be almost Euro 170 billion and this sum represents around 33 per cent of the Union budget and around 0.4 per cent of the Union gross domestic product. For the years 2000 to 2006 spending of up to Euro 218.4 billion is proposed. The issues raised by Andrew Evans are highly topical because of the challenges to established practice entailed by the introduction of a single currency, the `Euro', and by plans for the future accession of several countries of Central and Eastern Europe to the Union.

Excerpt

This book examines the law concerning the Structural Funds and other financial instruments of the European Union. In doing so, it deals with issues of major social importance involving the use of substantial financial resources. The nature of the context in which the issues arise and of the procedures whereby they are tackled in Union practice means that reliance on traditional legal sources may be inadequate for effective analysis. In this sense, judgments of the European Courts, on which most analysis of Union law focuses, constitute little more than tips of icebergs. The materials examined in the course of the research for this book include Union legislation, soft law, judgments of the European Courts, official publications of the Union and Member States, as well as legal and social scientific literature.

The issues raised are topical because of the challenges to Union practice entailed by the introduction of a single currency, the 'Euro', and the planned future accession of several countries of Central and Eastern Europe to the Union.

The book is written for students and teachers of advanced courses in European Law, European Politics, and related areas. It should also be of interest to lawyers, in the public and private sectors, who require an introduction to sources of Union finance for their employers or clients. These sources are substantial. Over the period 1993 to 1999 a total of Euro 176 billion is to be made available from the Structural Funds alone.

Financial support for the research on which the book is based has been provided by the Tercentenary Fund of the Bank of Sweden and the European University Institute.

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Marian Glas, November 1998 . . .

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