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EU Danube Strategy: Annual Forum in Vienna to discuss key initiatives to boost green and inclusive growth

(26 June 2014)

EU Danube Strategy: Annual Forum in Vienna to discuss key initiatives to boost green and inclusive growth

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn will be joining high-level politicians and representatives from the 14 member countries of Europe's Danube "Macro-Region" for their 3rd Annual Forum in Vienna on 26-27 June. Jointly organised by the European Commission, the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna, the Forum will be opened by Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sebastian Kurz and Mayor and Governor of the capital region, Michael Häupl.

Ministers, civil society and business representatives from the 14 Danube countries will discuss and decide how best to drive the region forward – under the slogan “We grow together – Together we grow”. A special focus will be on competitiveness, social inclusion and good governance, following the European Commission's recent report calling for stronger political leadership of EU Macro-Regions. 'Greening the River" and renewing its fleet will also be high on the agenda.

Following recommendations in the governance report, the Danube countries' Foreign Affairs Ministers will be meeting alongside the Forum to propose concrete arrangements for a better managed leadership of the Strategy. Minister Peter Friedrich from the Baden-Württemberg region – which is set to host the next annual gathering, is expected to report back to the Forum.

The Forum also comes as Partnership Agreements for the European Structural and Investment Funds for 2014-2020 are being adopted. The Member States involved must ensure that the Danube Strategy is firmly embedded in these investment plans, and that the future programmes translate Danube Region priorities into concrete goals.

More information:

Press Release

European Union Strategy for the Danube Region

3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Vienna

Report on the Governance of Macro-Regional Strategies (May 2014)

Evaluation Report concerning the added value of macro-regional strategies

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