Patricia Garcia-Duran Toni Mora Montserrat Millet


The European Community has provided financial support for cross-border territorial cooperation since 1990. The justification of the European Union (EU)’s current territorial cooperation policy for cross-border contiguous regions lies in its capacity to promote functional economic links between them. This capacity is based on two assumptions, namely that there is a relation between the degree of institutional cooperation achieved and the financial support provided by the EU, and that there is a relationship between the degree of institutional cooperation achieved and the development of functional economic links. This article attempts to measure both the impact of Community support on territorial institutional cooperation intensity and the impact of institutional cooperation intensity on economic functional links. This is done using primary data for EU-15 regions for the period between1992 and 2007.


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European Union, Regional policy, European cohesion policy, Territorial cohesion, Territorial cooperation, Cross-border cooperation

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