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1984-1988 – Conditions for structural changes were created

The belief that continual growth would lead to full employment in the Community started going out. The Fund was rearranged. Long-term structural changes acquired more importance. Equality of the countries was not the only goal anymore.

Funds were allocated for the measures of improvement of qualification, promoting employability of people, particularly under the age of 25.

Employment possibilities for long-term unemployed people were extended, and special support was allocated to poor regions.

In 1986 Portugal and Spain joined.