The European Citizen and Public Administration
Structural Instruments Ex-Post Comparative Analysis in
Erika Georgeta Kuciel1
Abstract: Organizational performance is the result obtained with respect to the objectives, strategy and
expectations of staff and depends on quality, qu antity, cost and time. For the organization, in order to achieve
its objectives, it must accomplish tasks on time, low cost and high quality. In the 2007-2013 financial
framework, using structural funds, the projects have been implemented in all fields by helping member states
to overcome the financial crisis, to rebuild their economies and to develop. Ex-post evaluation of the Cohesion
Fund and the European Regional Development Fund has provided positive results beneficial for member states,
both in terms of transport infrastructure, environment, labor and the support of small and medium enterprises.
The aim of this paper is to present a comparative situation of 6 member states in transport sector. The objective
of this article is to analyze the performance of these member states, through the 2007-2013 structural
instruments. The concepts used are the performance of regional development and EU cohesion policy. This
approach is based on scientific research and theoretical documentation. The main methods employed were the
observation, the specialty literature and publications. The conclusion of this study is that the EU member states
with a developed economy received less financial assistance than the other member states, some member states
have had the ability to fully use the grants provided by the European Union, while other have not succeeded in
this, which generated the request of the state budget. The case study can be used in university as a frame of
reference in order to realize other comparative analysis.
Keywords: cohesion policy; performance; regional development
1. Introduction and Theoretical Framework
The objective of this paper is to present a comparative analysis between 6 EU member states and their
performance, through the structural funds received from the European Commission in the 2007-2013
Cohesion policy is one of the most important EU policies due to its objectives which contributes to
reduce social inequalities between regions by supporting job creation, economic growth, improved
living standards of the population.
Regional development concept aims to reduce inequalities between socio-economic regions by
stimulating investments in both public and private sectors, economic activities necessary to improve the
living standards of the inhabitants.
1PhD, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Faculty of Public Administration,
Romania, Address: Expoziției 2 Blvd., 012103 Bucharest, Romania, Tel.: +40721.492.355, Fax +40372.249.784,
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