Cristina García Nicolás

Territorial competitiveness and The European Investment Plan against regional inequality

The European Investment Plan, which aims to promote a multiplier effect of investment, has put back on the table the significant decline in public and private investment, and the consequent loss of competitiveness of the whole European Union in an economic context globalized. The question that arises in this paper is whether the competitiveness of all European regions will be favoured, based on the principle of solidarity that still governs the regional policy and the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, or if regional differences are accentuated with an asymmetric development, derived from the confluence of the binomial competitiveness-innovation and the ability to attract investment.

Keywords: competitiveness; territories; cohesion; investment