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A Multicriteria Approach for Assessing the Impact of ICT on EU Sustainable Regional Policy

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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 4869; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124869
Received: 26 March 2020 / Revised: 3 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 June 2020 / Published: 15 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Transition and Climate Change in Decision-making Processes)
As a global actor, the European Union (EU) plays a leading role in international efforts to promote sustainable development globally. All sustainable objectives and targets need Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as key catalysts, since ICTs constitute tools of unprecedented power which help people to face the growing challenges of rising population, poverty, epidemics and climate change. Policy makers in the EU are increasingly putting ICTs into relations with sustainable regional development. This paper aims to study and assess the impact of ICT on the EU regional policy in terms of sustainable development by applying the multicriteria approach, PROMETHEE II, using the software Visual PROMETHEE. The criteria that were used in this research are the criteria that both the European Commission and member states define to assess the ICT implications of new EU legislation since 2010. The results revealed that the impact of ICT on EU sustainable regional policy has gotten stronger in the last two decades. View Full-Text
Keywords: ICT; EU regional policy; sustainable development; multicriteria approach; policy assessment ICT; EU regional policy; sustainable development; multicriteria approach; policy assessment
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Koliouska, C.; Andreopoulou, Z. A Multicriteria Approach for Assessing the Impact of ICT on EU Sustainable Regional Policy. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4869.

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