In December 2012 the European Commission proposed to create a new transnational cooperation programme for the 2014-2020 period. The Danube programme area includes Austria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria) not whole territory); Hungary; the Republic of Moldova; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Ukraine (not whole territory).

The preparation of the new programme is conducted by the Programming Task Force: a committee of representatives from all the Danube partner states’. The Task Force was funded in February 2013 and it had four meetings so far. The main aim of the work of the Task Force is to develop the Danube Operational Programme, which will serve as a basic document for the implementation of the transnational programme. The Task Force makes its decisions on the basis of consensus.

The geography of the new Danube programme matches exactly the territory of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region adopted in 2011. The macro-regional strategy and the transnational programme are two different instruments developed for similar aims but acting on different levels and principles. Their matching territory and goals provide great opportunities for cooperation between the two: besides contributing to the Strategy’s thematic goals by realizing relevant cooperation projects, the programme might also support the institutional cooperation of stakeholders and institutions of the Danube Strategy.

Thematic priorities of the Danube programme will be defined in line with the relevant draft EC legislation, the national priorities of Partner States, and reflect the needs of the programme area. Topics to be addressed by programme priorities may include many of traditional transnational cooperation topics, like innovation, transport, environment, etc.

Implementation of the programme will be coordinated by joint structures set up in Budapest, Hungary. Implementing structures of the programme are designed in a new institutional setup, taking into account simplification and transnationality as guiding principles.
Registration for the 2nd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (Bucharest, 28-29 October 2013) is open from now until 7 October! Register here or visit the event website for more information.
UNESCO has recently published a call for participation in the first seminar of the School of Science Journalism and Communication in South-East Europe and the Black Sea area - with a team of established science journalists.

If you are interested in applying or learning more, please visit the UNESCO website.

Target groups are ambitious English speaking graduates or post graduates with interest in media, science journalism and science communication.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 8 September 2013!

The past few months have been very active for the EUSDR community. Discussions were held in two meetings—one in Bucharest, Romania and the other in Stuttgart, Germany—on how to include the Strategy in the programming process for the 2014-2020 period. You can follow up on the results of these discussions by downloading the meeting summary from Bucharest here and from Stuttgart here.

You can download this special edition of the Danube Alliance Magazine here.

Please note that neither INTERACT nor the European Commission were involved in the production of this publication.
The European Commission has published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future.

Commenting on the report, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, said: “Today's study shows the clear value of our macro regional strategies. Their intensified cooperation has resulted in literally hundreds of new projects and new networks in the Danube and the Baltic regions. Above all, participants tell us that cooperation – including with non EU member states has been significantly strengthened."

To download the full report visit the INFOREGIO website.
On 29 June 2013, the 14 countries of the Danube Basin jointly celebrate one of Europe's greatest river systems and the people and wildlife that rely on it. It is the celebration of a cleaner, safer river. Huge festivals on the banks of the rivers, public meetings and fun, educational events pay tribute to the Danube rivers, its peoples and the progress that has been made. "Get active for the sturgeons" is the motto of the Danube Day 2013.

You can watch a video message to the people of the Danube Basin from Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Rural Development, on the INFOREGIO website, or find out more about Danube Day on the official Danube Day 2013 website.
The latest special issue of the Danube Alliance Magazine is now available at:

This publication is part of a series of special issues focusing on education, science, agriculture, environment and health.

Please note that neither INTERACT nor the European Commission were involved in the production of this publication.

The first call for project ideas is open between 24 May and 10 September 2013. 

Project ideas are to be submitted - on behalf of preselected applicants - by the Priority Area Coordinators of the EUSDR.

PAC10 is acting as Managing Authority for this pilot action.

For further information please consult this information sheet.

The European Commission and scientists and policy makers from the 14 Danube Region countries launched six scientific clusters last week to support economic development in the region. The six clusters will focus on: water; land & soil; bio-energy; air; data exchange & harmonisation; and smart specialisation. The clusters will provide scientific evidence to support the Danube Strategy, and will also serve to foster scientific cooperation across the region.

To read more, click here.
Learn more about Baden-Württemberg's involvement in the EUSDR by visiting their new EUSDR portal at (German language only).
To accompany the latest Danube Region Progress Report, you can also download the latest EUSDR pamphlet here or find it under the Communication tab above.