EU Strategy for the Danube Region

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    Routes4U Project is a joint programme between the Council of Europe (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes) and the European Commission (Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy). The project fosters regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme in the four EU macro-regions, according to the Faro Convention.

    This second call for experts aims to achieve gender and regional balance in our experts database, completing the list set up during our first call for experts. We are seeking professionals in the following fields of expertise:

    • Regional development and/or sustainable growth;
    • Social participation and/or cohesion;
    • Cultural cooperation;
    • Sustainable tourism;
    • Protection of natural and cultural heritage;
    • Communication and/or public relation work.

    The experts should have a thorough country-specific knowledge in at least one of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden and/or Ukraine.

    The experts will be required to carry out a variety of tasks, such as:

    • Research on existing macro-regional policies in the field of the Cultural Routes as well as elaboration of new policies, guidelines or recommendations.
    • Study on the economic, touristic and political situation in the four macro-regions, identifying challenges, opportunities and needs.
    • Training on subjects related to the Cultural Routes such as marketing, sustainable tourism, small and medium-size entrepreneurships

    Deadline for application: 15 August 2018

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    Since 2016 EuroAccess has been a central online information point on EU funding opportunities in the Danube region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, a decision to extent the website to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region – has been taken. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018. 

    EuroAccess, acting as a gateway to EU funding, provides the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to!) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others. 

    More information is available on www.euro-access.eu.

    The 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) will take place on 18-19 October 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria. The event is jointly organised by Bulgarian Presidency of the EUSDR and the European Commission (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy). 

    The event will focus on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion. The Annual Forum will cover topics of particular importance for the Danube region related to preservation of cultural and historical heritage, new technologies and digitalization in tourism sector, ensuring safety and security in tourism, transport connectivity and mobility. Issues related to synergy and consistency between EU macro-regional strategies for achieving the common objectives of the EU and for the future of those strategies after 2020 will also be referred to. Two parallel thematic sessions on sustainable tourism mobility and security in public spaces and an open-air exhibition have been scheduled as well. 

    The registration will open on 1 August 2018. More information about the Forum, including a detailed agenda and list of speakers as well as presentation topics will be available soon on the EUSDR website (www.danube-region.eu).

    EU Strategy for the Danube Region

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A strategy to boost the development of the Danube Region was proposed by the European Commission on 8 December 2010 (Commission Communication - EU Strategy for the Danube Region). Member States endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region at the General Affairs Council on 13 April 2011 (Council Conclusions).

For news and information on the activities and progress of the Strategy, please visit the EUSDR's dedicated website www.danube-region.eu

The Danube region covers parts of 9 EU countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia) and 5 non-EU countries ( Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova).

  • The region is facing several challenges:
    • environmental threats (water pollution, floods, climate change)
    • untapped shipping potential and lack of road and rail transport connections
    • insufficient energy connections
    • uneven socio-economic development
    • uncoordinated education, research and innovation systems
    • shortcomings in safety and security

Better coordination and cooperation between the countries and regions is needed to address these challenges.

The people living in the Danube Region will benefit from:

  • faster transport by road and rail
  • cleaner transport by improving the navigability of rivers
  • cheaper and more secure energy thanks to better connections and alternative sources
  • a better environment with cleaner water, protected biodiversity, and cross-border flood prevention
  • a prosperous region, through working together on the economy, education, social inclusion, and research and innovation
  • attractive tourist and cultural destinations, developed and marketed jointly
  • a safer, well-governed region, thanks to better cooperation and coordination of government and non-governmental organisations

The EU has identified 12 priority areas, which will focus on improving:

  • transport connections
  • energy connections
  • the environment
  • socio-economic development
  • security

The Strategy does not come with extra EU finance but it is supported from the resources already available according to an integrated approach. Countries may also make use of the funding they receive through EU cohesion policy, other EU programmes and financial instruments, and various international financial institutions.

To know more about financial opportunities visit www.danube-region.eu/pages/funding-opportunities

  • Since 2007, the majority of the countries in the Danube region are EU countries.
  • Many of the problems are covered by EU policy.
  • As an independent player with respected authority, the EU is in a good position to facilitate cooperation.
  • The EU already runs programmes in the region and so can provide opportunities for cooperation.

To get in contact with the EUSDR team in DG REGIO, please email Regio-eu-danube-strategy@ec.europa.eu