Utilization of European Funds in the Public Administration.
Abstract: The main objectives of this paper are to reveal some aspects regarding European funds‟ utilization,
starting with the comprehension of EU philosophy regarding cohesion policy and emphasizing the important
role played by Structural and Cohesion Funds for pub lic administration, especially in times of economic
downturn when the financial resources are difficult to access. Prior Work: this work continues prior research
carried out for the “European Programs and Projects Management” MA thesis. Approach: The main methods
employed for capturing the research evidence consists in management strategies analysis in the public
administration, especially in studying the capacity of absorption of European funds in the case Galati County
Council. The main results of this paper show that the risks of abso rption capacity decrease of EU funds are
linked to a number of factors, such as financial problems, poor information, lack of managerial experience,
Keywords: economic integration; economic development; public administration
JEL Classification: F15; F36; O10; H83
Following the integration into the European Union, the main financing source for development
programs consists of European funds. Various instances of the national administration consider that
such funds are one of the solutions to overcome the economic and financial crisis.
2. EU Cohesion Policy
The cohesion policy is defined through its objective, namely to support the process of reducing
disparities between the more developed regions and Member States of the European Union and the
less developed ones. The objective to strengthen economic and social cohesion is mentioned under the
Treaty of Amsterdam, being a prime objective for the European Union. Cohesion is a prerequisite for
EU‟s harmonious development, specifying the desire to “reduce disparities between the levels of
development of the various regions.”
The cohesion policy is a central pillar for achieving EU‟s sustainable development objectives. The
benefits of this policy can be seen in the growth of the GDP per capita in some EU Member States, out
of which Ireland is the most significant example.
The National Development Plan of Romania 2007-2013, document of strategic planning and
multiannual financial programming, has been created in accordance to the European policy of
economic and social cohesion. The overall objective of the Plan is to reduce disparities between
Romania and the other EU Member States. In order to achieve this objective, Romania‟s development
1Senior Lecturer, PhD, “Danubius” University of Galati, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Romania, Address: 3 Galati Blvd.,
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