Cristina García Nicolás, Encarnación Murillo García, Milagros Paniagua San Martín
Jan 7, 2021
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The challenges arising from its expansion as well as economic globalisation have led the European Union to prioritise competitiveness rather than cohesion and solidarity in the design of its new cohesion policy. After a brief review of the conceptual evolution of the principles of convergence-cohesion and competitiveness, the aim of this paper is to analyse whether, in the case of the Spanish regions, the expenditure associated with European structural aid reﬂects the priority of the competitiveness objective during the 2007-2015 period. Likewise, it aims to observe whether allocation in different types of territories is homogeneous, and looks at the absorption capacity for these funds; that is, whether the items programmed for this concept are allocated in the same manner as those of all the programmes co-ﬁnanced with European aid.