DSP to align Danube Transnational Programme and EUSDR

A two day kick-off event of the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) took place in Budapest on 23-24 September. With the aim to achieve a higher degree of territorial cohesion of the very heterogeneous Danube region, the DTP has been launched by  DG Regio of the European Commission as a financing instrument to deliver tangible results. Covering 14 countries in the Danube area it will support policy integration while promoting concrete pilot investments to unlock the full potential of the region. With a total combined budget of nearly EUR 222 million, it uses ERDF and IPA resources  to support projects in four Priority Axes: (1) Innovation and social responsibility, (2) Environment and culture, (3) Better connections and energy, and (4)  Governance.  

Matija Vilfan Head of the Danube Strategy Point attended the meeting to ensure stronger coordination and long-term synergies with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). In the coming year the DSP will aim to bring together a large number of stakeholders and potential project partners to facilitate the success of the Strategy. Given the close alignment of the DTP and the EUSDR, projects financed by the DTP will link to the relevant EUSDR Priority Areas and specific targets, contributing to the successful embedding thereof.


Find out more about the Danube Transnational Cooperation Programme here.



Final Conference “SHARED COMPETENCES AND INCREASING EXPERTISE IN INTEGRATED HSs MANAGEMENT and Stakeholders Meeting of the project “Integrated hotspots management and saving the living Black Sea ecosystem – HOT BLACK SEA”, MIS-ETC 2303 (http://www.bs-hotspots.eu/), hosted by the Burgas Municipality.

The meeting will take place on 30 September, 2015 at 9:30, Primoretz Hotel, Burgas, Bulgaria.

The overall objective of the project Hot Black Sea was to set up initiatives that will help improve the protection of the Black Sea environment. Specifically the Project dealt with land-based sources of pollution and hot spots data base.

The objective of the Final Stakeholders Meeting is to present and discuss the Project’s major achievements as well as to raise the awareness of stakeholders on the produced deliverables. 

The summary of the project, draft agenda of the event and registration form are enclosed. If you are considering to attend, may we kindly ask you to send back the filled registration form at your earliest convenience, but not later than 18.09.2015. In case you would like us to invite another delegate of your organization instead of you, please urgently provide us with names (including title and contacts).

For any further information, please contact Ms. Velichka Velikova (v [DOT] velikova [AT] burgas [DOT] bg). 

Venue: Primoretz hotel
Time: 09:30 - 17:15            
09:30 - 10:00 Registration          
10:00 - 10:10 Opening of themeeting, welcoming remarks    
    Atanaska Nikolova, Deputy Mayor, Burgas Municipality
10:10 - 10:20 Welcome  Speeches, setting the scene      
    Ivelina Vasileva, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Water (TBC)
    Laura Alecu, Project Leader, Romania,    
    Laura Bobarnac, Programme Manager, JMA,JOP Black Sea Basin
10:20 – 10:45 The Black Sea Basin ENI CBC Programme 2014-2020  
   Laura Bobaranac, Deputy Head of JMA, Romania  
10:45 – 11:00 The Black Sea Basin ENI CBC Programme 2014-2020  
MRRB, NMA, Bulgaria
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break          
11:30 - 11:50 Burgas MunicipalityPolicy in Environmental Protection  
    Atanaska Nikolova, Deputy Mayor, Burgas Municipality
11:50 - 12:10 Black Sea Land-based Sources of Pollution and Hot Spots in Bulgaria
    Kalinka Kamenova,  Black Sea Basin Directorate  
12:10 - 12:30 Intercalibration of the Black Sea benthic invertebrate fauna ecological assessment methods under the Water Framework Directive
    Valentina Todorova, IO-BAS, Varna    
12:30 - 13:00 Questions and Discussion        
13:00 Closure of ThematicSession 1        
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch            
14:00 - 14:20 Achievements of the HOT BLАCK SEА Project: Results and Deliverables 
    Andrea Voina, Bucharest, Romania    
14:20 - 14:50 Hot Spots Methodology: general information    
    Volodimir Bruk, Odessa State Environmental University, Ukraine
14:50 - 15:20 Hot Spots Regional Data Base and Requirements in Data Input
    Violeta Velikova, SurDEP, Varna, Bulgaria  
15:20 - 15:50 Questions and Discussion        
15:50 Closure of Thematic Session 2        
15:50 - 16:10 Coffee break          
16:10 - 16:30 Projects dealing with Black Sea - related programmes of measures in Bulgaria - results
    Stela Barova,  Black Sea BasinDirectorate, Bulgaria
16:30 - 16:50 Presentation          
    Marusya Lubcheva (TBC)      
16:50 - 17:15 Questions and Discussion        
17:15 Closure of Conference        
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As one of the coordinators of EUSDR Priority Area 7 (Knowledge Society: Research, Education and ICT) the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (MESR) was mandated by the European Commission to issue and execute the tender for a feasibility study for the Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund (DRRIF).

The main objective of the study was the analyses of possibilities to support research and innovation activities in the Danube Region. The study also includes information on absorption capacities of research and development in the Danube area, potential cooperation of the Danube countries with existing grant schemes and analysis of potential research priorities in the region. It is a basis for further acceleration of cooperation of the Danube countries in the area of research and innovation.

The study has been prepared by EY Slovakia, supported by MESR and the DRIIF Working Group of Priority Area 7.


2nd Danube Innovation Partnership (DIP) Summer School on IP Commercialisation and Technology Transfer

"Working Together on Academic IP Commercialization in the Region"

This event organised by the JRC targets professionals with experience in intellectual property management and technology transfer, and is organised in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, The National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary, the Intellectual Property Office of Hungary, Semmelweiss University and the University of Debrecen.

It will train participants in topics related to: IP Marketing, IP Valuation, IP Licensing, IP Commercialisation for start-ups and Dispute Resolution.

Deatailed programme and application form can be found here.

Application deadline: 21 August 2015

Danube Strategy Research Network Workshop for PhD and Master students

Scientific side event of the EUSDR Annual Forum in Ulm 28–31 October 2015

The workshops supports PhD and Master students to advance their empirical dissertations and Master thesis on macro-regional strategies. The project has an interdisciplinary approach with a small group of experts. It offers a platform of exchange on theory and empirical enquiry.

Find out more in the attached Call for Workshop.

Application deadline: 31 August 2015

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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.”

Find more photos from the event here.

Get in touch with the DSP here.

"Danube Summer"
The official opening of the Danube Strategy Point

on Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 18h30
at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU
Rue Belliard 60-62, 1040 Brussels


The State of Baden-Württemberg has set up the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) in its Representation to the EU in Brussels in May 2015 with the support of the European Union.

The DSP is a coordination body of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). With establishing the DSP, the Directorate-General for Regional Policy of the European Commission and the National Coordinators of the EUSDR are taking a new approach in the governance of this macro-regional strategy of the EU.

We would be honored to celebrate this important milestone together with partners, stakeholders and friends from Brussels and the Danube area.

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For projects supporting coordination of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Areas (Technical Assistance support)

Danube Strategy Point invites Priority Areas Coordinators to present project proposals for Technical Assistance support with the objective of supporting coordination of Priority Areas of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (hereafter EUSDR).

Technical Assistance provides financial support in order to help Priority Area Coordinators in coordination and implementation of the EUSDR (in respective Priority Area) and facilitation/preparation of integrated projects.

Project proposals are to be submitted by Priority Area Coordinators. Although each Priority Area Coordinator is to submit its own project application, applications must be coordinated and synchronised with other Priority Area Coordinator(s) on the level of the Priority Area. Projects selected for financing must present clear connection and contribution to the Action Plan defined for the Priority Area (including planning, targets, indicators and timetables) as well as effective measures for (facilitating) cooperation between project promoters, programmes and funding sources.

Priority Area Coordinators must, for the preparation of their project proposals, use the templates provided by the DSP. Each project application has to contain full, detailed and complete information with regards to eligibility, procedures, co-financing rates and all other relevant details.

Please note that the conditions laid down in each document of the application will be binding on the successful applicants; so please read them carefully.

The maximum total amount of Technical Assistance support per project is 60,000.00 EUR.

Reimbursement of 95% of the eligible costs of the project (up to the maximum total amount of Technical Assistance support) applies.

The eligibility period for the Priority Area Coordinators’ activities is in general from 1 August 2015 to 31 December 2016.

Further details on eligible costs and rules on their eligibility can be found in application documents, especially Eligibility Rules - Annex IV. 

Important dates/deadlines for Priority Area Coordinators:

Presentation of call 24 June 2015
Publication of call   10 July 2015
Information from PACs on participation in call 21 July 2015
Deadlines for application 31 July 2015
31 August 2015
30 September 2015


All Priority Area Coordinators should inform the DSP, by the 21 July 2015 at the latest, if they intend to submit their application, date of commencement of project activities (requesting for confirmation of eligibility of project activities before the signature of the Agreement) and an indicative date of the submission of their application to the DSP. It is essential to communicate above requested information to the DSP by the deadline indicated in order to ensure the full eligibility of supported activities. This information could be sent by a return e-mail sent by the DSP on 10 July 2015. 

Project applications must be completed using the application documents (templates) only and signed by the legal representative of the applicant - Project Area Coordinator.

Complete project application should be composed of:

- duly completed and signed Project application form - Annex II;

- duly completed and signed Estimated budget of the project – Annex III a; and,

- copy of template agreement and Annex I, paragraphed on each page.

Applications can be submitted via email (signed and scanned in PDF format) or by post until

31 July 2015, 12:00pm (Brussels time) – receipt time, or

31 August 2015, 12:00pm (Brussels time) – receipt time, or

30 September 2015, 12:00pm (Brussels time) – receipt time.

Late applications will not be considered. Submission of variations of the same project is not allowed. A request for additional information or information on the result of the assessment of individual application will be sent by the DSP to the applicants 30 days after the deadline for the submission of applications at the latest. 

For further details, please contact DSP at info [AT] dsp [DOT] bwl [DOT] de

The 4th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, jointly organised by the European Commission, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Ulm will take place on 29 and 30 October 2015 at the Trade Fair Ulm. Please save the date for the most important event of the year for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Register here: http://www.danube-forum-ulm.eu/danube-forum-ulm

Under the title "Smart, social, sustainable - Innovation for the Danube Region", the forum will put a strong emphasis on topics such as innovation, professional training and dual education, entrepreneurship and civil society as key factors for a sustainable and integrative growth in the Danube Region. Several thematic sessions will give the participants of the conference the opportunity to take a closer look at the complex mechanisms that should be put together on a political, project and funding level in order to profit largely of the potential of a macro-regional strategy. Additionally there will be many networking opportunities and interactive offers like workshops, panel discussions and an exhibition area.

The second call for project proposals of the initiative START – Danube Region Project Fund has been officially launched. The call will be open from the 20th of May until the 8th of July 2015.
All relevant documents for the application can be found in the START section of the Priority Area 10 website until the 6th of July 2015.

Due to the great success of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) initiative, the European Commission decided to launch a second phase of TAF-DRP with a third call. The call will be open from the 20th May until the 26th of June 2015.

Application documents and information are available on the TAF-DRP section of the Priority Area 10 website until the 24th of June 2015.

The project "DORA - DonauRaum App Award" is looking for an app that shows how the cultural and touristic dimensions of the Danube region can be experienced in an innovative way. Young talents from the Danube region are invited to submit their idea of an app and a first prototype or concept. A high-level jury will judge the applications and choose the best ideas. The finalists will be invited to an Award Ceremony, which is likely to take place as part of the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in Ulm, Germany on October 29th, 2015.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the DORA website.

The Competition

Within the project "DORA - DonauRaum App Award" a competition will be organized, to show how the cultural and touristic dimension of the Danube region can be experienced in an innovative way by making use of newest technologies.

Young talents from the Danube region are invited to submit their idea of an app and a first prototype or concept. A high-level jury will judge the applications and choose the best ideas.

The finalists will be invited to an Award Ceremony, which is likely to take place as part of the Annual Forum of the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in Ulm, Germany on October 29th, 2015.

- See more at: http://donauraumapp2015.istart.org/#sthash.nIXlarWT.dpuf

The European Green Leaf is a new competition aimed at cities, with between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, to recognise their achievements in green growth. The recognition is given to a city that demonstrates a good environmental record & green growth commitment; actively seeks to develop citizens environmental awareness; and can act as a "green ambassador" to encourage other cities. The European Green Leaf will be awarded on an annual basis by the European Commission in conjunction with the European Green Capital Award from 2015 onwards as a stamp of approval to Smaller Cities, Growing Greener!

Applications can be submitted until 31 March 2015 online. Detailed instructions on how to apply, including a guidance note can be found at ec.europa.eu/europeangreenleaf .