On this page you can consult a variety of existing cooperation projects in the Danube Region as well as initiatives and project ideas relevant to the Danube Region.
The projects, initiatives and project ideas listed below do not necessarily reflect the official list of actions and projects of the Action Plan for the EUSDR nor projects supported by the Priority Area Coordinators of the Strategy. Please be aware that this compilation does not claim to be exhaustive.
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ALSO DANUBE (Advanced Logistic Solutions for Danube Waterway) was a Research and Demonstration project within the 5th Framework Programme of the European Union. The overall objective was to increase significantly the use of inland waterway as a key transport mode within intermodal door-to-door logistic chains, focusing on the Danube axis.
The aim of the BIDS project is to stimulate the involvement of local communities in formulating and understanding the policy concerning the development of the Danube strategy which the EU is bringing out in 2010.
Business and Professional Women (BPW) Danube Net is the network for businesswomen in the region and was set up in 2006 to promote intensive networking among the Danube countries. It is designed to be a platform for the exchange of ideas, opinions and information in the fields of work, business and culture - with a yearly Danube Net Businesswomen Forum.
The CE-Ageing Platform aims to minimise negative effects and impacts of demographic change in CE. The project consortium (13 partners from 8 CE countries) jointly develops a CE-Ageing Strategy enabling partners to adapt to demographic change, thereby integrating lessons learnt from previous activities, results and lessons learnt from innovative actions (AGE Partnership Actions; AGE –SME Interventions) implemented within the project.
centrope_tt (former CENTRIS) is an international experts community for technology transfer and innovation support acting in the bordering regions of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - called CENTROPE.
At the intersection of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, centrope is emerging as a new transnational region. Since its inception in 2003, 16 regions and cities have been committed to strengthening the centrope area of co-operation. The project centrope capacity further develops the overall framework and sets up lead initiatives in key thematic fields of co-operation.
The CESLA project is aimed at the presentation of the successful use of ultra-light electric vehicles and to generate and develop an adequate environment in the SI-AT cross-border regions for their implementation.
This project will develop a raster network for twinning and spinning of cultural–historic innovative activities focused on citizens from smaller areas and communities. Both German and Bulgarian centers as focal points for the Upper and Lower Danube Regions aim to be the starting point for a larger raster networks of similar centers in the whole Danube region.
The project is aimed at preventing, reducing and mitigating climate-change related spatial conflicts, vulnerability of spatial development and spatial structures, and to adverse climate change impacts and consequential damages and costs.
CluStrat aims at enhancing the competitiveness of Central European regions by upgrading the innovation capacity of their clusters. New policy approaches with a view to emerging industries as well as horizontal challenges will be developed. The strategic project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF, and considered as a Light House project within the EUSDR.
The DaHar project aims to harmonise long-term logistic development of small and medium sized ports and cities of the river Danube. With the leadership of Dunaújváros Municipality (HU) and participation of 23 partners, this cooperation will result in the establishment of a mutual development strategy.
In the communication related to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, an important role is attributed to the NGO sector. Thus it is necessary to prepare and enable the NGOs to fulfill this role. The DANUBENET project provides efficient means for this preparation, such as network development, knowledge transfer, information sharing, as well as a multipliable model for the organisation of local information events.
Boosting economic activity in the Danube region is one of the key goals of the economic development and employment promotion programmes implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). These programmes promote tourism, investment and environmental protection in the Danube riparian states in South-Eastern Europe: Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
The DATOURWAY project presents an outstanding example of transnational cooperation committed to the development of tourism along and on the middle and south-eastern section of the Danube River, while paying particular attention to the protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources linked to this area of the great European waterway.
The aims of the project are the coordination and the joint implementation of tasks concerning the water management at the two main rivers Drau and Mur, which are shared by the EU Member States Austria and Slovenia. Through a process of intensive cooperation and exchange of experiences common standards for the management of floods and sediments, which currently do not exist, will be formulated.
Developing sustainable cooperation in the fields of efficient energy consumption and renewable energy by using the high implementation potentials and the existing technical know-how in the border region
The project aims at intensifying the cross-border cooperation of regional small and medium sized cities and the establishment of a city network regarding administrative, cultural, social and political aspects.
L&R Sozialforschung (Austria) is coordinating four cross-border cooperation projects, whose common aim is to develop a sustainable network in the labour market: EXPAK AT.CZ: Austria- Czech Republic; EXPAK AT.SK: Austria – Slovakia; EXPAK AT.HU: Austria – Hungary; EXPAK AT.SI: Austria – Slovenia.
flow strives to establish a festival platform for dialogue and creative exchange among artists and scientists in the countries of the Danube Region in order to raise awareness for the need to develop a responsible and active civil society. One essential part of flow is the common creative workon different subtopics in several working groups. And beside this, flow offers attractive festival events for participants and the local audience. The biennial festival started 2008 in Novi Sad (Serbia), continued in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), and Ruse/Bulgaria (2012).
EUROLINK-House of Europe is the coordinator of the Black Sea - Danube Regional Network for Social & Economic Innovation, which was launched in 2011. Within an institutional partnership with the National Coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the Regional Network plays the role of integrator of initiatives and partnerships from the Black Sea - Danube area.
NEWADA, Network of Danube Waterway Administrations, aims at increasing the efficiency of the Danube as the European Transport Corridor VII by intensifying cooperation between waterway administrations to promote inland navigation as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport.
This ESPON Targeted Analysis addresses the polycentric network of metropolitan functional urban areas in the Danube Region. In order to detect opportunities for sustainable urban development at macro-regional and city-level the project carries out a territorial analysis at both levels. The Central European capital cities Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and Ljubljana shall be analysed in depth.
The Regional Center for Integrated Risk and Territory Management of the Region of Lower Danube (ReCIRTLD) is to be established in the Euro-region Ruse-Giurgiu. It is an element of a conceived European network of regional centers for the Danube-Rhine region and Southeast Europe. In the future it may be extended for the European Mediterranean region.
Funded by the Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, the Together for Danube project is a Cross-border model for nature conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources along the Danube.
TransEcoNet elaborates strategies and gives recommendations how to develop and manage transnational ecological networks in Central Europe. In particular the focus is on less or unprotected landscapes, so-called gaps, between protected areas. The project study areas are situated within or between the wide-ranging ecological networks of the Alps, Carpathians and of the Green Belt.
For over 400 km there has been only one bridge between Romania and Bulgaria crossing the Danube. Currently Danube Bridge 2 is being built between Vidin and Calafat, with two lanes in each direction for road traffic as well as a central railway line. This website covers the Bulgarian side of the project and has been developed by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Republic of Bulgaria.
Within the project WANDA a transnationally coordinated ship waste management system will be set up along the river Danube. Overall target of the project is the concerted development and exemplary implementation of preventive measures to ensure an environmentally sound approach in steering flows of ship borne waste. Therewith inland navigation as a sustainable mode of transport shall be advanced while reducing potential risks for valuable river ecosystems.
The Western Balkan Countries INCO-NET enhances integration of the Western Balkan countries (WBC) in the European Research Area. It is an FP7 funded initiative running from 2008 to 2013, supporting the Steering Platform on Research for the WBC, identifying priorities, enhancing the participation in EU programmes, analyzing cooperation needs and best practices. Its portal www.wbc-inco.net is a central hug for information exchange on RTDI cooperation with the region.
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