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Cross-border regional cooperation - opportunity for the development of small states in the process of the EU enlargement

Author: Sîrbu Olesea
Degree:doctor of economics
Speciality: 08.00.14 - World Economy; International Economic Relations
Scientific adviser: Boris Chistruga
doctor habilitat, professor, Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
Scientific consultant: Stella Kostopoulou
doctor, profesor universitar, Grecia
Scientific council:


The thesis was presented on the 28 March, 2009
Approved by NCAA on the 23 April, 2009


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CZU 339,922/926(1-6):061.1EU(043)

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161 pages


cross-border regional cooperation, enlargement, economic space, European integration, economic development policy, small state, border regions, regionalization, competitiveness of Euroregions, instruments for financing the border regions, the European Neighborhood Policy


Development and economic crises as well in the XXI century put forward the need for studying, developing strategies and policies also in the frame of regional perspective. Last waves of the EU enlargement modified essentially the geopolitical context of Europe. Euroregions, which are institutionalized forms of cross-border regional cooperation, constitute at present, an effective model for solving problems of socio-economic development of the bordering countries.

The advancement of EU enlargement process towards the East, has brought changes of the external position of the Republic of Moldova. As a country with a common border with the European Union, Moldova will have both the opportunity and responsibility for developing cross-border regional cooperation in order to achieve the objectives set up by the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and Action Plan EU-Moldova, in the context of these objectives are also the obligation to boost competitiveness of border areas that are part of Euroregions "Lower Danube", "Upper Prut” and “Siret - Prut - Dniester". The paper has the following structure: Introduction, three chapters, conclusions, bibliography and annexes. Chapter I includes analysis of the concepts "border effect" and "small state" in the process of enlargement. Special attention is given to the factors influencing the appearance, promotion and development of cross-border cooperation on European level. Chapter II deals with mechanisms and tools for the supporting socio-economic development of border regions through the Cohesion Policy of the EU-27 and through methods of realizing in practice the imbolding competitiveness of relevant regions. Chapter III includes analysis of the impact of the EU enlargement on economic development of Moldova in the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy and of the opportunities for the development of cross-border regional cooperation in the framework of Euroregions, which the Republic of Moldova is a part of, namely "Upper Prut”, “Siret-Prut-Dniester" and "Lower Danube".