The Danube Strategy Point has the pleasure to invite you to the Public hearings on the Revision of the EUSDR Action Plan, Thursday, 27th June 2019, as a side event of the 8th edition of the EUSDR Annual ForumRegistration here.

This workshop offers the opportunity for Civil Society, any actors and promoters of activities, projects and processes, to make their proposals for actions to be integrated into the Action Plan.
The event aims at presenting the process of revision of the Action Plan focusing on the results of the discussions conducted at the level of the National Coordinators and Priority Area Coordinators. 

The Danube Strategy Point will present the outcomes of the online survey conducted prior to the Annual Forum. This event will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to take the floor and react on the discussions or offer their feedback.

You can find the agenda of the event here.

Venue: The Palace of Parliament / Palatul Parlamentului, Str. Izvor nr. 2-4, București, Sector 5, 050563 România, (C1 entrance, Balcescu Conference Hall).

Acces is only available through a registration for the main event, the 8th edition of the EUSDR Annual Forum. Register here.

 

 

Interreg Central Europe launched a call for projects to coordinate ESIF and Horizon 2020 partners and transfer results to regions. The challenge is to capitalize on the results of projects from directly managed programs and apply them in practice in the Central European region. This call is primarily intended for partners from already successful Interreg CE projects and directly managed programs.

The aim of the experimental pilot Call is to improve the impact of EU projects. Increasing the impact of transnational projects in the regions is possible through the use of already existing outputs and results, while coordinating with other EU instruments.

Main elements of the project: Focus on the implementation of tools and pilot activities (downstream) or strategies and action plans (upstream). Communication activities can help, but they should not be the main focus of the proposal. The number of partners and the size of the budget should reflect the project's scope. The maximum duration of the project is 24 months.

The Call focuses on 7 topics:

  • Industry 4.0,
  • Energy Efficient Renovation of Public Buildings,
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Low-Carbon Mobility and Urban Air Quality,
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Prevention,
  • Cultural Heritage Sites and Buildings at Risk,
  • Accessibility of Peripheral and Border Region to TEN-T CNC network / nodes.

The total call budget is 10 million EUR.

Minimum design conditions:

  • Thematic focus on 7 pre-selected topics.
  • Coordination between at least 2 Interreg CE projects and one thematically relevant project from a directly managed program.
  • At least half of the project partners from the Interreg CE projects and at least one project partner from the directly managed program.
  • One institution cannot participate in more than one proposal on the same subject.

The call was launched on March 4th 2019 and will end on July 5th 2019. The start of projects is expected in early 2020. Interreg CE also provides a matchmaking tool.

More information about this call and the matchmaking tool are available here.

 

ONLINE CONSULTATION ON THE REVISION OF THE EUSDR ACTION PLAN (Questionnaire available here.)

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.

CONTEXT AND AIM OF THE CONSULTATION

Romanian EUSDR Presidency and Danbe Strategy Point (DSP) launched 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.

TARGET GROUP OF THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION

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!

Questionnaire available here.

 

The 6th Danube Participation Day takes place in Bucharest (RO) on 26 June 2019, back to back with the 8th EUSDR Annual Forum. This year's theme is Youth - Participation - Empowermentand addresses challenges and opportunities for rejuvenation of the Danube Strategy in light of the on-going revision of the EUSDR Action Plan.

The Danube Participation Day offers a Danube wide platform to discuss thematic and structural deficits and possible solutions for participation and cooperation in the Danube Region and explores opportunities for young  people to make a change towards high quality of life.

For more details, please follow the link: https://www.danube-capacitycooperation.eu/news/6th-danube-participation-day-register-now

The Romanian Ministry for Tourism, in colaboration with Tulcea County Council, will organize the ministerial conference “The European Union Strategy for the Danube Region – Instrument for Economic Development”, which will be held on 11-14 June 2019, in Tulcea, Romania. The event aims to bring togheter both experts in the field of coastal tourism and policymakers. 

The topics that will be adressed concern the public-private partnership as a potential vector of sustainable coastal tourism development, the "development vs. conservation" approach regarding the future of sustainable coastal tourism.

More information can be obtained by contacting the organizers at the event webpage.

WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme on behalf of the TRANSGREEN project consortium is pleased to invite you to attend the EU-LEVEL CONFERENCE “Pathways to Greener Transport Infrastructure. Solutions and Policy Options for Sustainable Road & Rail Networks in Europe”, Bucharest on 25 June 2019.

The event will be held under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council as well as the Romania Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

Aim of the conference is to present the achievements of 2,5 year efforts in technical solutions, policy and integrated planning undertaken in TRANSGREEN. The event will offer you the opportunity to follow EU-level policy matter-of-fact discussions, and workshops on integrated transport infrastructure planning that takes nature into account as well as a plenary session to exchange knowledge and experience on the topic with guests from other mountainous regions: Alps, Caucasus, Dinaric Arc, Pyrenees. Take the chance to connect with around 200 participants, among them EU and national officials from within and beyond the Danube-Carpathian region.

Please register under the following link by 10 June 2019.

For more information on the Conference, we invite you to follow the event webpage.

Agenda available here

In the semester of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding organise a high-level conference on smart specialisation and technology transfer, taking place at the Politehnica University of Bucharest on 18thJune.

Progress, results and challenges related to the development and implementation of successful smart specialisation strategies, innovation ecosystems and technology transfer capacities will be the conference's main topics.

The programme and more information are available on the event webpage.

Registration is open to all interested participants until 7th June.

Moreover, nationals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, the Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey, Armenia and Georgia may apply for waiving accommodation and travel costs. If you are eligible, please make sure to submit your expression of interest at the latest by 10th May. The applications will be assessed on the basis of motivation, background, geographical balance and organisation. The evaluation's results will be announced by 17th May.

DriDanube project is moving towards its end in June 2019 and we are delighted to announce that the project’s Final conference “Danube Drought Conference” will take place on 7-8 May 2019 in Vienna.
To emphasize the importance of cooperation in the area of drought management, apart from presenting the results of the DriDanube project, the event will build upon the activities implemented within the Drought Management Center for Southeastern Europe and the Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe.

Danube Drought Conference is a great opportunity to remind ourselves that combating drought is achievable through proactive problem solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. The aim of the conference is to increase resilience to drought and reduce risk by advocating an integrated, proactive approach to drought planning, adaptation and management. 

More information about the concept of the conference and a detailed programme can be found here.

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!