Novel Regional Policy of Turkey in Line with EU Standards

8 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2009

Date Written: May 29, 2005


In Turkey, regional policy has been becoming an important policy area to be developed. With this respect, the first task has been macroeconomic stabilization and reforms to provide a sounder environment for the policy. Then, at the policy level, a major effort has been made to develop the concept of contemporary regional policy following a new spatial division which generated NUTS II regions. Accordingly, a proliferated stress is now being placed on developing multi-annual and multi-sectoral integrated programs and their operational management through an appropriate and competent implementation mechanism at local level. In current phase, an ambitious agenda is to confront practical challenges. The review suggest that, within the process, the EU accession enacts as catalyst to the policy enhancement in terms of the European Regional Policy standards.

Keywords: regional policy, Turkey, EU accession, programming, governance

JEL Classification: H11, H53, H75, O11, O21, R11, R50

Suggested Citation

Bilen, Gulhan, Novel Regional Policy of Turkey in Line with EU Standards (May 29, 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Gulhan Bilen (Contact Author)

Development Bank of Turkey ( email )

Necatibey Cad 98
Ankara, 06100
00903122318400 (Phone)
00903122296811 (Fax)

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