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Hungary's Seven Border Regions

I. Szörényiné Kukorelli, L. Dancs, Z. Hajdú, J. Kugler, I. Nagy

Abstract


This essay describes the regional characteristics of Hungary's border regions, focusing specifically on cross-border cooperation. Hungary's seven border regions share a similar political and economic history. Some of the challenges that these regions have faced include the unfavorable effect that the Trianon Peace Treaty had on Hungary's borderline, the shortcomings of both domestic and foreign policy induced by Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON) membership, the ch ange of political regime in the 1990s, and the differing levels of development and socioeconomic structure among the border regions. Consequently, the forms of cross-border cooperation within regions range from completely open, mutually advantageous, European-style cooperation to closed, or partially closed, one-way operations. By means of PHARE and INTERREG support, however, this imbalance seems to be shifting in the majority of the border regions.

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