European Union Strategy for the Danube Region: press round table with the participation of Johannes Hahn
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 9 April 2013, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, participated in a press round table on the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region. Two years after the launch of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, the European Commission has published its first report on its progress. This document describes the significant results achieved in remedying problems such as the establishment of chains still missing in transport networks, the lack of competitiveness, pollution and criminality. The macroregion of the Danube covers fourteen countries, including eight EU Member States. The report sets out how these States have already managed to implement practical methods of cooperation through a large number of common projects.
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||Statement by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, (in ENGLISH) that three years ago, it was not particularly easy to establish the bases of the Danube Strategy, because in its early stages it was first and foremost an idea; they finally set up a complete strategy covering 11 priority areas; he is pleasantly surprised at the progress that has been made; in some countries, it has taken longer to set up Danube Strategy; he is also surprised to see the number of projects that have been submitted to the various committees; In total, there are 400 of them, and over 150 have already been implemented, while just over 200 are being examined in order to be applied; all the priority areas set by the Danube Strategy are represented in the different projects implemented; the total cost of these projects is 49 billion euros; on the financing of the Danube Strategy; thanking the team for the work they have achieved, in addition to the colleagues and Member States involved in this Strategy.