University of agribusiness and rural development, International scientific and practical conference Bulgaria of regions 2018

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Regional development policy and sustainable development goals
Vesela Radovic, Ekaterina Arabska

Last modified: 2019-01-21


The paper discusses the connection between regional development policy priorities and sustainable development goals in contemporary world. Sustainable development is considered as an organizing principle in the efforts to sustain the ability of natural systems to provide resources and services for economy and society. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, is analyzed in the context of the perspectives for regional development policy in next years in Europe. EU regional policy is presented as targeted to EU regions and cities for encouraging economic growth and enhancing life quality through strategic investments and as an active form of solidarity focused on the support of less developed regions. Conclusion and recommendations are provided regarding the priorities of EU regional policy funding: research and innovation, information and communication technology, competitiveness of small and medum-size enterprises and low-carbon economy.


sustainable development, regional policy, funding

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