Danube Strategy Progress Report: A good start, now it's time to move up a gear
The European Commission has released the first progress report on the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, almost two years after it was first launched.
Commenting on the findings of the Report, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, said: “The EU Strategy for the Danube Region is proof that Member States achieve more when they work together. Now we need to step up a gear. I want to see the priorities of the Danube Strategy in our next generation of Regional funds programming and firmly embedded in the national, regional and local priorities in every one of the 14 countries involved. The Strategy should be informing every relevant policy area with politically stable, adequately financed structures to support it."
Today's Report details significant achievements in tackling problems from missing transport links and lack of competitiveness, to pollution and crime. The 14 participating countries – among them 8 EU Member States. are working together successfully on numerous shared projects and initiatives in the four main pillars of the Strategy - Connecting the Danube Region, Protecting the Environment, Building Prosperity and Strengthening the Danube Region.
Commissioner Hahn is calling on the Danube governments to follow up on their political commitments by making the Strategy a priority across all relevant policy areas, urging the 8 EU members involved, as well as Croatia, to incorporate the Strategy into their plans for the next generation of programmes under Regional Policy for 2014-20.