UDC 327:061.1
Biblid: 1451-3188, 12 (2013)
Vol. 13, No 43-44, pp. 295-314

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Petrović Pero (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), pero@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs
Mirković Andrijana (Географски факултет, Београд)

Achievement of balanced regional development is one of the key issues faced by the European Union. Since the establishment of the common market and its positive development effects on the Community as a whole, also appeared a number of negative effects on its parts among this is the fact that the economic growth didn’t take place at the same pace. As a result, already in the 1960s, many EU countries have adopted their own regional development policies, and the importance of regional policy in improving the economic, social and territorial cohesion among member states has became greater over time. Harmonization with the EU’s regional policy for Serbia as a candidate for membership is necessary, and the obligation to define the regions in accordance with the NUTS nomenclature has been taken by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which asks from Serbia for the submission of data on the GDP per capita to the European Commission, harmonized at NUTS 2 level for a period of four years. The essence of this requirement is not in decentralization and the creation of political regions, but it aimes only at statistical regionalization of the country’s territory in order to provide unified information on the development of the regions in order to efficiently allocate the pre-accession funds, and in the future potentially the EU structural funds.

Keywords: Regional policy, regional development, NUTS, European Union, Serbia