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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives her endorsement to the EU Danube Strategy at the First Annual Forum co-hosted by Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn


Welcoming German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the First Annual Forum of the EU Danube Strategy in Regensburg, Johannes Hahn said, "The Danube strategy is a milestone in the development of our common Europe. Madame Chancellor your visit gives us an excellent signal and a demonstration of how important the Danube region is and how important it is to invest in it both politically and economically."

Angela Merkel addressed a packed audience of Ministers, representatives and stakeholders from the 14 countries which are taking part in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. She said, "This river, this kind of initiative across regions show us what we have to do across Europe, improving the welfare of people, developing our way of life, preserving the natural resources given to us. These are all tasks that can be achieved more easily when we don't just think at regional and national level".