• Michaela Staníčková VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava
  • Lukáš Melecký VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava


Regional development policies based on local potential triggers a shift in the economic structure of territories. Exogenous and endogenous factors determine potential of regional development and it is necessary to use different indicators and methods to its evaluation. For the paper purpose, it is required to define metropolitan and peripheral functions as well as urban areas in the form of geographic models, depicting their spatial distribution in the European Union (EU). Nowadays, regions are increasingly becoming the drivers of the economy. All regions possess development opportunities – however, use these options enough, and hence the competitiveness of regions must be efficient enough. The paper focuses on dividing the EU NUTS 2 regions based on geographic models of the European economy into efficient and inefficient ones and identifying an optimal benchmark for inefficient regions as a strategy for enhancing their economic structure to measure regional efforts and progress.


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Author Biographies

Michaela Staníčková, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava

is an Assistant Professor of economic science (since 2014) at the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, and Department of European Integration in the Czech Republic. Her scientific interests are the EU competitiveness (in line with efficiency and effectiveness of public spending and the EU resilience to economic shocks), and implementation of the EU structural aid through projects co-financed by the EU funds. She is (or was) member of several international or national research projects. Since 2010, she published seven papers in scientific books, 18 articles in professional journals, many papers in conference proceedings, of which 26 records registered in the Thomson Reuters database and 10 records in Scopus database.

Lukáš Melecký, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava

Assistant Professor of economic science (since 2004) at the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, and Department of European Integration in the Czech Republic; and head of Department of European Integration (since 2016). His scientific interests are aspects of regional disparities, cohesion and competitiveness of EU Member States and regions, implementation of the EU Cohesion policy and programming of EU structural aid in the regional development of the Czech Republic through preparation of projects proposals co-financed by the European funds. He is (or was) member of several international or national research, pedagogical and development projects. He is co-author of one monograph, he published seven papers in scientific books, 21 articles in professional journals, many papers in conference proceedings, of which 24 records registered in the Thomson Reuters database and 4 records in Scopus database.


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Staníčková, M., & Melecký, L. (2019). URBANIZATION AND DYNAMICS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH (THE CASE OF NUTS 2 REGIONS OF EUROPEAN UNION). The EUrASEANs: Journal on Global Socio-Economic Dynamics, (6(19), 15-29. https://doi.org/10.35678/2539-5645.6(19).2019.15-29