We are pleased to announce you that the second call for proposals for the support of PAC activities was officially launched.

The call will be closed on the 8th October 2019 at 14:00 CET.

 

Traditionally, the State of Baden-Württemberg is highly committed to the cooperation between the states and regions of Central and Southeast Europe and is a co-initiator and partner of the "Macro-Regional Strategy for the Danube Region" of the European Union. Baden-Württemberg plays a leading role in the implementation of the Danube Strategy on behalf of the Federal Government of Germany.

The Minister of Justice and for Europe and Chairman of the Committee on European Union Affairs of the German second chamber, the Federal Council (Bundesrat), Guido Wolf, would like to achieve an increased awareness for judiciary issues and the rule of law within the Danube region.

For the first time in our longstanding and efficient cooperation in the Danube region, we want to address issues concerning the rule of law and cooperation within the judiciary system - cooperatively, self-critically and objectively. 

The State Government of Baden-Württemberg is well aware of the importance of the rule of law for our citizens, our democracy, for the acceptance of European integration and for a functioning internal market. We want to help ensure that the rule of law becomes a fundamental value within the European Union.

This conference will enable us to discuss key issues concerning the current status of the rule of law in the European Union in a multilateral framework of partners with many common goals and different approaches. Stakeholders with experience in building an independent judicial system are explicitly invited to share their experience.  

The Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ) in Bonn, the Southeast Europe Association (SOG) in Munich as well as the Danube City of Ulm are supporting us in the realisation of this conference and their representatives will enrich the conference agenda with their contributions.

Find the full congress programme here: PROGRAMME

Please register for your participation here: REGISTRATION

The Environmental Risks priority area of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region have supported the development of an e-learning study material concentrating on floods. The activity of "Facilitating the organization of the flood protection training and enlargement an educational network" is related to the project which is supporting the implementation of the coordination of the priority area, co-funded by the European Union (ERDF funds) and Hungary.

The aim of the present study material is to contribute to the public education regarding the importance of flood protection. In the study material we remember the floods of the Danube basin during past two decades, clarify a few basic concepts to help the understanding of the material, review the hydrological characteristics of the Danube basin, present the outstanding advancement that made the reliable forecast of today possible and show that the possibilities of forecasts do have their limits regarding time.

 

Click here for the document.

More information on the website.

 

An international workshop on hyro-morphological measures took place between 4-5 December 2018 in Budapest. The Environmental Risks Priority Area, together with the Hungarian Water Management supported organizing the event.

The backgroupnd paper was recently published as a result of the Workshop on hydro-morphological measures under the Floods and Water Framework Directives “Finding synergies and addressing challenges”.

 

You can click here to download the document.

More details on their website.

The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, through DSP office in Bucharest, is relaunching the following PUBLIC TENDER: "Acquisition of advertising consultancy services to complete the EUSDR communication strategy and related activities"

The economic operator is expected to provide the following services:
• finalizing the EUSDR Communication Strategy, together with the development of the narrative which will be included in the Communication Strategy. These are designed to provide guidance and support to all stakeholders in the EUSDR and to ensure a coordinated way of internal and external communication,
• developing a communication guide
• organizing a communication workshop.

More details can be found within the following papers:

notice of participation (in Romanian)

terms of reference (in Romanian and English)

tender form (in Romanian)

draft contract (in Romanian)

The offer consisting of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be elaborated in Romanian and will be submitted in one of the following ways:
- at the e-mail address: simona [DOT] scarlat [AT] mdrap [DOT] ro.
- in a closed envelope, during the working hours, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, from Bd. Libertatii nr. 16, North Side, Bucharest, Registry (room 3). The envelope will include the subject of the contract "Acquisition of advertising consultancy services to complete the EUSDR communication strategy and related activities"

Deadline: 30th of July 2019; 12:00 h (Bucharest time)

Contact: Simona Scarlattel. 0372.111.440, fax: 0372.111.445, e-mail: simona [DOT] scarlat [AT] mdrap [DOT] ro.

Website: https://www.mdrap.ro/transparenta/achizitii-publice-6366

The European Danube Academy (EDA) and its partners – the Council of Danube Cities and Regions, the State Association of German Sinti and Roma Baden-Württemberg and the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg – call for applications for the Open Danube Award 2019 for small and hands-on projects around the topic of Roma Inclusion in the Danube Region.

They are seeking small and short-term projects and initiatives, which foster and promote the cultural variety of Roma within the society of the Danube Region. The project proposals could fall within the following main themes:

  • Music, Dance, Film, Photography, Visual Arts, Theatre and Literature
  • Promotion of social, cultural and linguistic identities of Roma
  • Promotion of the understanding between Roma and non-Roma, respectively reduction of stereotypes and prejudices 
  • Improvement of the social situation of Roma

Please use the online form to apply for the Open Danube Award: http://opendanube.eu/application/

In addition, these awarded projects and initiatives will be presented at the ROMNO POWER FESTIVAL on September 20th, 2019 in Ulm, Germany. The costs for travel will be covered by the European Danube Academy. Application Deadline is July 31th, 2019!

More details on their webpage.

The seven calls for proposals are launched in the framework of the Council of Europe-European Union Joint Programme “Routes4U - Fostering regional development through transnational Cultural Routes, heritage policies and practices”. Project proposals shall aim to produce an added value to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme and to the macro-regional strategies.

  • Implementation period: 15 October 2019 until 01 March 2020
  • Budget: maximum 10 000 (ten thousand) euros per grant
  • Eligibility criteria: Be the legally constituted body in charge of a network certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” or a priority cultural route project identified within the framework of Routes4U (read more), crossing at least three countries of the macro-region concerned
  • Deadline for application: 09 September 2019 (6pm CET)
    The application must be submitted to routes4u [AT] coe [DOT] int

 

You can find more information on the ROUTES4U project's webpage.

The Danube Strategy Point (DSP), at the request of the Romanian Presidency of the EUSDR, organized, as a side event to the 8th edition of the EUSDR Annual Forum, a session dedicated to the Public Hearings on the revision of the EUSDR Action Plan. The report of the Public Hearings may be found here.

The event presented the process of revision of the Action Plan focusing on the results of the discussions conducted at the level of the National Coordinators (NCs) and Priority Area Coordinators (PACs), the timeframe, the consolidated input of the Danube Countries, the input of the civil society. DSP also presented the outcomes of the online survey conducted prior to the Annual Forum, which may be found here.

 

 

The EUSDR Operational Evaluation was finalized, the main focus falling on governance aspects, communication and stakeholder involvement of the EUSDR. The final report may be downloaded here

 

The operational evaluation measured the strategic dimension, governance dimension (operational level) and cross-cutting and transversal issues. Here are some excerpts from the conclusions drawn in the evaluation report. 

* The findings of the evaluation indicate that there have been some achievements of the EUSDR at strategic level, but the overall impact of the strategy is not very high. Questions on the level of change triggered by the EUSDR in different policy fields, on the impact of the EUSDR on national or regional laws, regulations and organizational structures as well as on planning processes reached a mean score between 2.6 and 3.2 on a scale from 1 (no change/impact) to 6 (high level of change/impact). Only the consideration of the EUSDR in bilateral/international issues was ranked higher (mean 3.7).

* The major concrete achievement is the set-up of cooperation structures and new partnerships. In some PAs visible progress has been achieved, but in general internal actors largely agree that the momentum of EUSDR has decreased.

* Not only at strategic but also at operational level it is important that the right stakeholders are involved. The evaluation findings indicate that the current state of play is ranked as satisfactory but with room for improvement. The lack of persons having actual influence on policy-making was the major point of criticism. Also the involvement of additional stakeholders (e.g. cities, chambers and academia) was suggested in order to increase the added value and impact of the activities.

* There have been some structural and institutional changes brought by the EUSDR, but overall, the outreach and spill-over to the national level seems to be little. According to the perception of the interview partners, the outcomes of the SG meetings are not sufficiently transmitted to the national level. The few reported exemplary achievements related to institutional change are a service office and inter-ministerial consultation groups.

* In order to safeguard efficient and synergetic implementation procedures, wellfunctioning workflows and processes among key actors are vital prerequisites. The participants of the online-survey assessed the general workflows/processes satisfying, sufficiently transparent and rather formal than informal. The best assessment was reached at PA level, followed by the EUSDR level. Lower ratings are found at national level. The efforts that are needed to ensure the workflows/processes in relation to the outcome are assessed relatively high at all levels.

* Projects and activities of strategic value are an important tool for making results visible. In this context, Interact has highlighted the concept of “project chains”, which are projects that are interlinked. This linkage may be a horizontal one (linking topics within a PA or a pillar), it may link projects across funding schemes or with national/regional projects or activities, thus allowing a wider outreach of the strategy. This implies that thematic coordinators of a PA actively build, implement and monitor such linkages. Good EUSDR examples are the DREAM project or Danube Parks.

* In general, the participants of the online-survey are relatively satisfied with the EUSDR communication flows. This is the case mainly at PA level and at EUSDR level. At national level the satisfaction rate is lower. Overall, the communication and PR tools meet the information needs on the EUSDR, but only to a limited extent.

* Staff fluctuation limits the strategic outreach, the options for concrete action and it is a major obstacle to anchor and stabilise institutional cooperation. A stable institutional memory is required in order to counteract the adverse effects. This could be an ancillary function of the DSP. 

* In many cases, the persons sent to meetings lack the capacity and/or mandate to take decisions, which creates frustration and diminishing commitment.

* Common projects and actions are considered as a major success factor in terms of mobilising internal forces as well as in attracting political interest and thus reinforcing the momentum.

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This Operational Evaluation constitutes only a first contribution to evaluation and monitoring of the Strategy. For instance, the new EUSDR monitoring system, which will be launched by the end of 2019, is intended to provide a solid basis for tracing functionalities, evolvements and achievements both in operational and in policy terms.

We have the pleasure to announce you that the “Final Consolidated Input Document of the Danube Countries for the Revision of the EUSDR Action Plan (V1)” is ready.

The document is now endorsed by the EUSDR National Coordinators and it is officially handed over to EC / DG Regio as input for the EUSDR Action Plan revision process.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all actors contributing to this revision process.

 

You can download the document here.

The Vienna office of DSP is facing changes in staff. Therefore EUFA Vienna launched a call for the following positions:
 
-Pillar officer (pillars 1 and 4), PA (2019/02) Pillar Officer (m/f)
 
Deadline for applications is the 29th of July.
 

The LinkingDanube project invites all interested stakeholders to its final conference where the main project results will be presented. The event will be organized in Bucharest, at Europa Royale Bucharest Hotel on 26th of June 2019, in the context of the 8th EUSDR Annual Forum on 27-28 June also in Bucharest.

The main goals of the event are to:

- Present the operational and practical part of the Distributed Journey Planning for the Danube Region (DRJP)

- Analyse the impact and development / implementation of the DRJP at regional / European level

The DJRP demonstrates the feasibility and functionality of the LinkingDanube concept, including both integrating rural public transport services into the information flow of national / regional travel planning and linking services for the provision of cross-border services in the Danube Region.

The LinkingDanube concept and DRJP will be presented to participants where they will have the opportunity to test the functionality of the journey planner.

The participation in the event is free of charge and is held in English language.

Please check the detailed agenda.

If interested, please register here until 24th of June.

For further details, follow the link: https://bit.ly/2LcB9Z0 or check the detailed