Andrés Faíña and Jesús López-Rodríguez

European Union Enlargement, European Spatial Development Perspective and Regional Policy: Lessons from Population Potentials

This paper applies the concept of population potential to study the spatial structure of the European Economic Space-EU15 and its main changes with the enlargement to Central and Eastern European Countries. The analysis shows a reinforcement of the central areas and a widening and displacement to the East of the middle areas in the European spatial pattern. Moreover population potential allows us to highlight some policy guidelines for the European Spatial Development Perspective and for the future of the European Regional Policy.

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