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What are the E.U. Structural Funds?

The Structural Funds were created to help those regions, within the European Union, whose development is lagging behind. The aim is to reduce the differences between regions and create a better economic and social balance within and between Member States.

Structural Funds are allocated to Member States following the submission of a plan to the European Commission. The plan outlines the social and economic situation in the region, and the priorities and strategy for use of Structural Funds and details the financial resources of Member States.

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