On Wednesday 15th July the Danube Strategy Point was officially opened in Brussels by Walter Deffaa, Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission.

On the occasion, Peter Friedrich, Minister for the Bundesrat, Europe and International Affairs of Baden-Württemberg stated: "We are convinced that the EU's regional and neighborhood policy contributes significantly to stabilizing our continent, for the dissemination of "good governance" and to improve the living conditions of Europeans. We support these policies with full conviction and this is why we are one of the engines of the Danube Strategy. I am very pleased that we got the chance to host the DSP in the Representation of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels as a focal point for all stakeholders in the whole Danube region."

Matija Vilfan, Head of the DSP thanked the representatives of Baden-Württemberg for the excellent co-operation and set out the goals of the organization for the coming period: "The Danube Strategy Point is a joint venture of all stakeholders of the EUSDR from which each and all of them can only benefit. With our four main principles: efficiency, transparency, competence and inclusiveness the DSP team firmly believes to successfully implement its work plan. Our main objectives are likewise clear: coordination of EUSDR implementation, disseminating information, expert monitoring and evaluation, and linking the Strategy with the Danube Transnational Programme and other macro-regional strategies.We believe that this official opening marks the beginning of our joint, successful and long-term venture.”

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