The aim of this article is to present the results of the first period of absorbing Structural Funds in Poland. The analysis refers to the realisation of planned initiatives specified in the strategic document, namely the National Development Plan 2004-2006, which is a basis of the new model of Polish regional policy. The obtained results show the level of absorption of Structural Funds including the structure that results from Operational Programmes which are part of the National Development Plan and the structure of beneficiaries among which the ones singled out are: units of local governments, businessmen, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions. In each case the analysis includes regional differences of the absorption process which allows to define the impact of Structural Funds on changes of differences in regional economic development in Poland.
P. Churski, Instytut Zachodni, Instytut Naukowo-Badawczy, ul. Mostowa 27, 61-854 Poznan, Poland
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