Consequences of EU enlargement for regional promotion measures in East Germany
Consequences of EU enlargement for regional policy in East Germany EU enlargement will change the status of regions currently assisted by EU regional policy. A number of regions will probably lose their status as “Objective 1 Region” and will hence have to exist without EU regional policy funding. Furthermore it has to be assumed that the EU will additionally reduce the maximal permitted regional aid rate for investment in the same regions. Most regions in the East German Länder will be affected by these changes. A “phasing out” of such Objective 1 Regions could ease the adjustment pressures. In anticipating to the probable reduction of the regional aid rate for investment, the development of infrastructure should already today be intensified in order to alleviate locational disadvantages as far as possible.