Unequal Europe – Tackling Regional Disparities

In the European Union, a social and spatial polarisation has emerged between economically developed centres […]

Policy Study

01/10/2021

In the European Union, a social and spatial polarisation has emerged between economically developed centres and peripheral regions, each reinforcing the upward or downward movement of the other. These divergences have been fuelled by external factors such as structural change, globalisation, and severe economic crises.

In this report, Dr Björn Hacker recommends a shift from the current paradigm of competition and growth to an integrated European economic and social policy aimed at building protection and resilience in the face of global challenges such as pandemics or climate change.


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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) investigated the extent of regional disparities in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Italy and Romania. The project “Unequal Europe – Tackling Regional Disparities in Europe” tries to answer questions such as:

  • What are the answers to these challenges?
  • How should policies in EU-member states and in the EU tackle regional socio-economic disparities?

The recommendations outlined in the country reports form a basis for reform of the EU’s regional and cohesion policies. Policymakers need to take a broader approach when it comes to economic and social well-being.

The EU should address social and economic inequalities in all their dimensions. Fostering local development and well-being in all areas of a country is not only a goal for economic policy. Rather, it is a matter of strengthening democracy and ensuring opportunities and participation for all.

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ℹ️ This report is part of a Policy Study series produced by FEPS and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The indicators have been selected in collaboration with researchers from the Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung.

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