Polityka zrównoważonego rozwoju obszarów miast oraz ich otoczenia w europejskiej polityce spójności w latach 2007-2013
Besides social and economic coherences, territorial dimension became one of the pillars in the coherence policy of the European Union for the years subsequent to 2007. This comes in consequence of the processes presently growing in the EU since its expansion in 2004, since the concentration of social, economical and environmental problems in large cities has progressively intensified, despite the growing financial assistance provided by EU institutions. The author presents an analysis of the current needs for strengthening the economical welfare in small towns and peripheral areas, and for diminishing the social distance which exists between large cities and surrounding areas. The analysis is given in context of the current instrumentalization of the coherence policy and the recent documentation created with the participation of European institutions.