Why do we need regional policy?

To reduce economic and social disparities.

The European Union comprises 27 Member States which form a community and internal market of 493 million citizens. At the same time, however, the economic and social disparities among these countries and their 271 regions are great. One region in four has a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per inhabitant under 75% of the average of the European Union of 27.

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