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Regional Differentiation of the New Member States of the European Union

Working Paper by Josef Abrhám

Josef Abrhám: Regional Differentiation of the New Member States of the European Union, September 2007.

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This paper was developed within the project "The Impact of EU Enlargement on European Integration and the Global Political Economy" that the C·A·P jointly conducts with the Centre for European Studies at the Renmin University of China. This project is supported by the European Commission in the framework of the EU-China European Studies Centres Programme.

04.09.2007 · EU-China European Studies


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The transformation of the economies of the Central and Eastern European states on a regional level was characterized by different tendencies. In all the new EU Member States there has been from the beginning of the 1990s to today a continuous deepening of regional disparities on the economic level, which are the result of a number of economic, social and geographical factors. This article is a contribution to regional differentiation studies of the new EU Member States. The goal of this article is to explore the trends in and key causes of regional differentiation at the economic level of the new EU Member States. The article is structured in three parts. In the first part the main trends in regional disparities in the territory of the new EU Member States will be charted; in the second part, on the basis of empirical findings, the development of the regional disparities in selected states during the period of 1995 to 2003 will be described, and in the final part the most important factors that lead to the increase in regional disparities will be analysed. The examined sample consists of eight new EU Member States: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia (the analysis leaves out two states: Malta and Cyprus).

About the author

Ing. Josef Abrhám, Ph.D. is a member of the Department of World Economy in the Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague.


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