The European Commission has released the first progress report on the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, two years after it was first launched. It details significant achievements in tackling problems from missing transport links, lack of competitiveness, to pollution and crime. 14 countries make up the Danube macro-region, of which 8 are EU member states. The report details how through numerous shared projects and initiatives they have already managed to establish a concrete system of co‑operation.
But the Commission report calls on the Danube governments to follow up on their political commitments by making the Strategy a priority across all relevant policy areas. And it urges the 8 EU member states involved, as well as Croatia, to incorporate the Strategy into their plans for the next generation of programmes under Regional Policy for 2014-20.
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