The Cultural Routes programme (DG Democracy) was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987 with the Declaration of Santiago de Compostela.

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are an invitation to travel and to discover the rich and diverse heritage of Europe by bringing people and places together in networks of shared history and heritage. They put into practice the values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and mutual exchanges across borders.

Through its programme, the Council of Europe offers a model for transnational cultural and tourism management and allows synergies between national, regional and local authorities and a wide range of associations and socio-economic actors.

You can find here the newsletter of March 2019 and more information on their website.


The Danube Strategy Point invites interested parties to submit proposals for Relaunch, operation and service for websites of the EUSDR.

To ensure quality, functionality, programming, maintenance, service and further development of the websites, the DSP is seeking a provider to implement the following tasks: Redesign, relaunch, backend, frontend and support of the EUSDR-websites and integration into one system. 

The offers, including all relevant documents, must be submitted in English, no later than 17th of May 2019 1 pm (Central European Time) via e-mail to office [AT] eusdr-dsp [DOT] eu.

For further information, please contact Robert Lichtner (robert [DOT] lichtner [AT] eusdr-dsp [DOT] eu)

Annex 1 Terms of Reference Relaunch, operation and service for websites of the EUSDR

The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU asked the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to draw up an opinion that would explore how project-oriented policies and smart specialisation strategies can be directed towards the development of transnational networks linking local authorities, SMEs and research institutions. Such partnerships are essential for the realisation of transnational projects with EU funding under the umbrella of the EU macro-regional strategies. They also contribute to creating better synergies between the objectives set within the EU programming, national planning and macro-regional strategies.

In this context, the EESC is organising a public hearing in Bucharest that will bring together officials, experts, and civil society representatives to engage in the necessary consensus-building on the way ahead for macro-regional development. The outcome of the hearing would feed in the EESC opinion and will also serve as an input to the expected future decisions by EU leaders in this field.

For updates and news please consult the event page.

You can find more by downloading the Programme.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 at 17:30 (Brussels time). Registration form.



The final transnational event in Regensburg will enhance the EU-wide visibility of the CultPlatForm_21 project by engaging external and internal experts in knowledge transfer, by fostering networking and information exchange among the partners and by including key stakeholders like national policy makers, operators, scientists and artists in an empowering exchange. Several outstanding speakers from all over Europe – among them Stefano Dominioni (Council of Europe, Directorate on Cultural Routes, LU) and Nigel Mills (Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, UK) – will enrich the European cultural dialogue.

The event is dedicated to the outcomes and the future orientated strategies of the CultPlatForm_21 project. In multimedia presentations and panel sections, partners will showcase their pilot projects providing a series of exciting artistic and digital interventions uncovering hidden heritage places, stories and objects along the Danube.

The event will be hosted and organised by the City of Regensburg and the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg. The participation is free of charge.


You can find more details on the website.

Registration available here!


LIFE programme launched the 2019 calls for proposals: €400 million of EU funding available for environment, nature conservation and climate action. 

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion.

For further details, follow this link.

The event, held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 28 – 29 May 2019, aims to explore the future development potential for a competitive Danube Region and the role of regions, cities, clusters and companies in an increasing complex economic ecosystem. In addition, it will bring together all relevant stakeholders linked to the topics of bioeconomy, but also highlight the future role of regions in terms of providing better framework conditions for innovation and transformation. The interplay between national and regional level as well as the role of clusters to support SMEs to better cope with the upcoming challenges will be discussed.

In the DTP-financed project DanuBiovalnet, the aim is to create a desirable and sustainable bio-based economy that is respecting planetary boundaries and protecting climate and ecosystems. In addition, the project strives to facilitate eco-innovations in the bio-based industry by improving framework conditions and making better use of clusters, potential and diversity of the Danube Region.

There is a strong link to PA 8-Competitiveness of the EUSDR since setting up new value chains across regions to create new eco-innovation will improve the competitiveness of enterprises, supported by the clusters. Since SME will cooperate trans-regionally across the value chains, the project contributes to a higher degree of territorial integration and transnational investments within the Danube Region.

More details can be found on the event's website.

Draft agenda is available here.

Registration is available here.

The final event of the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme project Made in Danube will take place on June 3rd 2019 at the Hospitalhof in Stuttgart, Germany.
The organizers will gather Bio-economy communities and other stakeholders interested in the uptake of innovation tools in the field of biofuels, forestry and smart agriculture, counting also with the presence of national and international policymakers. Throughout the event with multiple sessions, the main goals will be as follow:

- Introduce the project’s final results;
- Present the outcomes of topic-related projects with multiple stakeholders in Bio-economy;
- Engage the audience in a series of dialogues and roundtable on the paths ahead for Cohesion Policy.

You can find more details on their website.

Registration will be required for the event due to the limited number of available places in the room.

Registration available here!

Draft Agenda available here!


The partnership consortium of the Interreg-project EDU-LAB: New Danubian Governance in Labour market Relevance of Higher Education with more than 20 partners from 10 countries, launched an invitation for the final conference of their project, entitled “Better Chances for Young People in the Danube Region” in Zagreb on May 16-17, 2019.

The conference opened by Prof. Dr. Blaženka Divjak, Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia and Mr. Marko Pavić, Minister of Labour and Pension Systems of the Republic of Croatia will provide a platform to present and discuss efficient ways to tackle youth unemployment and brain drain, and at the same time to improve the competitiveness of companies and to strengthen the regional economic development in the Danube Region.

Please find further details on the conference website.

Registration for the conference is open until 28 April 2019 and can be accessed here.

The 8th Edition of the EUSDR Annual Forum will take place on 27th and 28th of June 2019 in Bucharest. This event is organized by the Romanian Presidency of the EUSDR – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania together with the DG Regio/European Commission and the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), with the technical support of the Danube Strategy Point (DSP).

The event, organized under the motto “Building cohesion for a shared prosperity in the Danube Region”, will address a wide range of topics from connectivity and regional mobility to economy (for fostering clusters development, transport, tourism and ICT).

For more details, please acces the official web page.

As a reminder, for registration to the 8th EUSDR Annual Forum, all participants are requested to use this link.


The EU Strategy For The Danube Region (EUSDR) is a Macro-Regional Strategy adopted by the European Commission, which covers 14 countries, stretches from the Black Forest (Germany) to the Black Sea (Romania-Bulgaria-Moldova-Ukraine) and is home to 115 million inhabitants.


Romanian EUSDR Presidency and Danbe Strategy Point (DSP) launched today an online consultation through EUSDR platforms for better involving civil society representatives and general public in process of updating the actions and projects of strategic impact for the Danube Region included in the EUSDR Action Plan from December 2010.

In preparing the new programming period for cohesion 2020+ the EU Strategy For The Danube Region is revising its Action Plan. All actors of EUSDR, National Coordinators, Priority Coordinators and Steering Groups, Stakeholders and experts from our countries and the European Commission Services are currently involved  in drafting their inputs for the new Action Plan of the Danube Strategy.

Until end of May 2019 the first draft proposal of the new Action Plan will be finished. In June 2019 at the 8th Annual Forum of EUSDR in Bucharest, the Romanian Presidency of the Strategy will provide space for consultations and offer place for a broader exchange with stakeholder and civil society. Based on a series of consolidated inputs by all actors of the Strategy, the European Commission will use the consolidated proposal to draft the New Action Plan which prospectively will be endorsed by the Ministers of the Danube Region in October 2019.

As the Strategy is a bottom-up process, Civil Society of the Danube Macro Region has the opportunity to bring in their proposals for the new Action Plan. Therefore, everybody who would like to participate in the revision process is invited to present in his/her ideas for new strategic projects and actions as a valuable input for the Strategy.


The target group of this consultation are interested individuals and Civil society organisations / representatives. Please also feel free to add other relevant topics or suggest improved approaches.

Your contributions will be most useful to us in developing an updated Action Plan of the EU Macro-Regional Strategy which addresses the main priorities of the Danube Region.

This questionnaire can be filled in before the 20th May 2019. Please add your e-mail address in order to offer the opportunity for inviting you to the Public Hearing which will take place on 27th June 2019 in Bucharest and inform you about the results of the consultations.

Thank very much for your contributions!

The annual edition of the EUSDR Forum will be held between June 27th-28th in Bucharest, at the Palace of Parliament. 

The registration process for the event IS NOW OPEN!

We invite you to apply here until June 18th, 2019. Please be aware that the venue of the event is accessible ONLY for registered individuals wearing a valid badge.

For official delegations, please contact monica [DOT] pescaru [AT] mae [DOT] ro or suerd [AT] mae [DOT] ro, in order to designate the Delegate Accreditation Officer. 

Further information about the event will be available on the EUSDR website in the following weeks.


In 2019, Romania is the rotating Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. In the framework of its Enlargement & Integration Initiative, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission will support  pre-paid travel  and accommodation to selected  researchers/experts from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo*, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to participate to the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, taking place on 27-28 June 2019 in Bucharest/Romania.
Please find here the documents explaining the procedure of application and the Service Specific Privacy Statement.

Application must be received by Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 17h00.


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.