The Formation and the Future Potentials of the Eighth Hungarian Region

László Péli, Lilla Czabadai


In the time of accession to the EU, Hungary drops to the second part of the programming period 2000-2006. The Central-Hungarian region
(which includes the capital and Pest County) was classified as a less developed region, similarly to all of the six ‚rural‘ regions and thus the area
received the highest amount of the supporting sources. In the programming period 2007–2013, the Central-Hungarian region belonged to
the transitional regions and so it received continuously decreasing subsidies. In the case of Budapest, the value of GDP per capita refers to the
development, but based on the measurement, Pest County was supposed to belong to the transitional areas. Between the years 2014–2020, the
whole area of the Central-Hungarian region was getting to the level of a developed region. It means that this area is not entitled to get Cohesion
sources anymore. On the 30th of October 2015, Pest County Assembly made a decision about Pest County’s disruption and declared its intent to
create a separated region. As long as the government stood for the idea and it met with a warm response in Brussels, Pest County could operate
as an independent region from 2018. Our study will draw attention to the huge territorial differences between the capital and its agglomeration
and the surrounding areas.

regional policy, NUTS 2 level, Central-Hungarian region, regional differences

László Péli PhD, Szent István University, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Institute of Regional Economics and Rural Development, H-2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly str. 1., ( +36 28 522 000/ 2374, e-mail:

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