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    Under this year’s motto “Building cohesion for a shared prosperity in the Danube Region”, the Forum puts a valuable political commitment towards a sustainable economic development in the region.

    As in the last years, EU officials, representatives of the 14 Danube region countries, members of the regions as well as stakeholders from the civil society will come together to discuss mainly on competitiveness, connectivity and regional mobility.

    In seven thematic sessions that will take place on the 27th and 28th of June, participants will discuss the role of clusters, connectivity, or transport and digitalization in the Danube region. Moreover, they will analyze the role of the civil society, explain the role of the Danube Transnational Programme, and discuss the interplay between regional policy programmes and the Danube Strategy and the future of macro-regional strategies after 2020.

    In addition, and in line with the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union’s work programme, the Forum will be the opportunity to focus on links between Macro Regional Strategies and new EU programmes for the period 2021-2027. This especially recalls the Council conclusions delivered on 5 June 2019, under the Romanian Presidency.

    You will have the opportunity to attend many side events, as the Danube Participation Days, public hearing on the Action Plan revision, exhibition, Business-to-Business (B2B), YES! EUSDR. Youth – Entrepreneurship – Science event etc…

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    The online consultation for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), is open until the 20th of May 2019!

    The area covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region stretches from the Black Forest (Germany) to the Black Sea (Romania-Ukraine-Moldova) and is home to 115 million inhabitants, who already benefit from the EUSDR’s tangible results

    All actors involved in the Danube region such as, politicians, civil society, public and private organisation are invited to contribute to the elaboration of the new Action Plan. 

    Joint forces are more than needed in a critical period where the future 2021-2027 programming period is currently discussed within the European Union.

    Therefore, don’t miss the chance to shape EUSDR’s future and flag your ideas on how to bring the strategy closer to citizens’ needs!

    Contributions will be then presented at the meeting of National Coordinators (NC)-Priority Area Committee (PAC) in May 2019 in Bucharest. This will also serve as a basis for the consultative sessions at the 8th EUSDR Annual Forum taking place on 27th / 28th of June 2019 in Bucharest.

    Looking forward to your contribution, find more information here.

    REGISTER NOW! The 8th Annual Forum for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region will take place the 27-28 of June in Bucharest (Romania).

    This year, the Romanian rotating presidency of the EUSDR is focusing on “Building cohesion for a shared prosperity in the Danube Region”.  

    Therefore, the forum will be the place to discuss crucial topics for the Danube region such as connectivity and regional mobility, fostering  clusters development, including digitalization, people to people links and tourism.

    The second day of the Forum will be dedicated to post-2020 EU policy design, with a focus on the role of Interreg DTP and of ESI Funds for the region, and this will be the opportunity to hold discussions on the revision of the Action Plan, stemming from the stakeholders’ contributions.

    Register and keep posted on the agenda here!

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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, Czechia, 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