A socio-economic study has been commissioned by the coordinator of Priority Area (PA) 8, located within the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg. It is financed by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and co-financed by the Ministry.

One aim of the study is to analyse the current situation in the Danube Region with respect to prosperity, entrepreneurship/SMEs and cooperation activities to identify the obstacles which hinder the improvement of the situation. The full assessment is available for download on the site of PA 8:



Case Study: Water Quality Cooperation in the Danube Region - A Hungarian Perspective

by Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper, Danube Region Strategy, Priority Area Water Quality Coordination Team

Cooperation on the Danube is continuous at a number of levels, with data collection and information exchange, the establishment of early warning systems, monitoring of water quality and a uniform methodology on emissions data; the joint setting up of project proposals and assisting in financing: all of these actions have served to mitigate the adverse impact on ecosystems across the basin.

This Danube case study from a Hungarian perspective is a positive example of how nested legal and institutional frameworks can merge into effective cooperation activities under key agreed objectives in relation to water quality.

The need for clean drinking water, the threat of floods and the risk of water scarcity or industrial spills are everyday problems which influence the life of citizens living in the region. It is the intent of Hungary to strengthen regional cooperation further in this area and to play a central role in the framework of a constructive partnership in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and its Priority Areas for Water Quality (PA4) and Environmental Risks (PA5).

Read the full study here: Case Study: Water Quality Cooperation in the Danube Region - A Hungarian Perspective

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region introduced in 2011 served as an important driver for the development of the ETC programmes 2014-2020. The proceedings at hand result from a conference in 2013 and a series of further smaller workshops organised by the Danube Strategy Research Network (DSRN) between 2012 and 2015. The papers reflect on the EUSDR and its challenges and opportunities through a number of different perspectives. 

The first series of papers reflect on the newly developing macro-regional strategies as a new element of the multi-level governance system of the EU. Others focus on the influence and impact on Europeanization and European integration, as well as on the added value and challenges through macro-regional cooperation. The second part presents experiences within different Danube countries analysed from different perspectives, e.g. EU funding implementation, bottom-up approaches as well as institutional relations. The final part discusses the scientific support. The challenges and opportunities identified at the conference for the EUSDR’s future are manifold and vary within the different EUSDR regions considerably, more so due to the diversity within the different Priority Areas. The two main challenges that can be extracted from the papers and the discussions at the conference are, first, the different focuses of national and European discussions, and second, the different expectations of stakeholders towards the relevant processes. Whereas the European discussion focuses on governance, alignment of funding etc., the conference has shown the strong dependency of EUSDR developments on national dynamics.

This publication is an output of the „Conference on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Challenges and Chances 2014 – 2020“. The event was organised by the Danube Strategy Research Network and its partners in Brussels in November 2013. 


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Bericht „Governance im Bodenseeraum und anderen Grenzregionen“

von Thomas Radke, Internationale Bodensee Konferenz IBK

In diesem Bericht werden grundsätzliche Definitionen, Studien und Empfehlungen zur Governance von grenzüberschreitenden Regionen vorgestellt und daraus Schlussfolgerun-gen für die Analyse und Weiterentwicklung des Bodenseeraumes gezogen. Anschließend werden die genannten Grenzregionen im Hinblick auf ihre grundlegende Charakteristika, ihre Sekretariate/Geschäftsstellen, ihre Einbindung von BürgerInnen, ihre Kennzahlen und ihre strategischen Entwicklungen verglichen. Der Umbau der Kooperationsstrukturen am Oberr-hein und in der Großregion sowie der Umsetzungsstand des Zukunftsbildes 2020 der Groß-region aus dem Jahr 2003 werden dabei genauer betrachtet. Daran schließt eine Darstellung der Akteure und der Prozesse in der IBK und im Bodenseeraum an, die in konkreten Vor-schlägen zur Weiterentwicklung auf allen Ebenen des Handlungsraumes und zum Start in einen möglichen Prozess mündet. Das letzte Kapitel befasst sich mit einem Vergleich von grenzüberschreitenden Wissen-schafts-/Technologie- und Forschungsräumen:

  • Öresund (Skandinavien)
  • Top Technology Region / Eindhoven – Leuven – Aachen Triangle (TTR-ELAt)
  • Universität der Großregion
  • Trinationale Metropolregion Oberrhein
  • Centrope