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Cohesion Policy and Sustainable Development. Cohesion Policy Performance, Supporting Paper 2

AUTHORS: Patrick ten Brink – James Medhurst – Peter Hjerp – Keti Medarova-Bergstrom

The aim of this supporting paper is to provide an overview of the integration of sustainable development into Cohesion Policy, the impact of Cohesion Policy on the environment as well as the integration of sustainable development processes and governance mechanisms.

It includes the theoretical overview and development of the ‘Development Path Analysis’ (DPA) which is an analytical approach that enables regions (or countries) to assess their current pattern of development in order to identify whether it could be made more sustainable. This Development Path Analysis approach is applied to the financial allocations of EU funds for Member States for the 2007-2013 programming period.

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