1st Annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
How can the Danube Region help to build a more competitive Europe?
This reflection paper is intended to facilitate the discussions at the Annual Forum. It provides an initial working level assessment on implementation, and raises questions for further reflection.
The first Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, organized in cooperation between the Government of Bavaria and the European Commission, took place from 27-28 November in Regensburg (Bavaria), Germany.
The Annual Forum was a good occasion to take stock of the developments since the launch of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in 2011.
Entitled "How can the Danube Region help to have a more competitive Europe", the conference also encouraged a reflection on the potential contribution of the macro-regional perspective to Europe's growth.
The focus of debate was the challenges and opportunities of the Danube Region in terms of investment and economic competitiveness, for example in infrastructure development, and energy efficiency. The agenda provided an opportunity to consider how the Strategy can play its part in the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and the Strategy's links with the new programming period for the EU Structural Funds (2014-2020).
The conference was attended by 600 decision-makers from business, politics, international organisations and civil society. The medieval city of Regensburg, on the edge of the Danube river, provides an inspiring environment.
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