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Annual report of the Cohesion Fund 1999. COM (2000) 822 final, 11 January 2001

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Microsoft Word - DGregio-PE-COM_2000_822-1718_EN_ACTE.doc COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 11.01.2001 COM(2000) 822 final COMMISSION REPORT ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COHESION FUND 1999 2 FOREWORD This annual report on the activities of the Cohesion Fund covers the calendar year 1999. Like the previous report, this report provides an overview of developments since 1993 in order to give the reader a full picture of the current affairs of the Fund. The reporting format reflects the requirements of the Cohesion Fund Regulation. It has been adapted in order to take into account the comments made by the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. It is hoped that it will serve as a useful reference document for all interested in the promotion and furtherance of the economic and social cohesion of the Union. 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS COMMISSION REPORT ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COHESION FUND 1999 .......................................... 1 1. General background................................................................................................ 10 1.1. Convergence and economic development in the Cohesion countries ....................... 10 1.1.1. Greece ................................................................................................................... 10 1.1.2. Spain ................................................................................................................... 11 1.1.3. Ireland ................................................................................................................... 12 1.1.4. Portugal.................................................................................................................. 12 1.2. Conditionality......................................................................................................... 12 1.2.1. Introduction............................................................................................................ 12 1.

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