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Theodore Metaxas
University of Thessaly
Vol 23 No 4 (2014), Articles
Submitted: 22-09-2015 Published: 22-09-2015
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The aim of this research is to investigate through empirical and primary data the
possibility of design and implementation of development policies and partnerships in the South
Eastern Europe especially in the areas of Bari and Varna. Specifically, this research is based on
data extracted from 183 SMEs firms of all the productive sectors which express their evaluations
for the role of specific development policies to their competitiveness per sector but also the
degree and dynamic of developing partnerships with the local and regional authorities. Further the
findings of the analysis designate the important issues of regional economic development focusing
on the ability of public authorities to design and implement effectively development policies in
order to benefit the competitiveness of themselves and the firms as well as the special sensitive
areas of Southeastern Europe which is a very interesting zone for research.
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