The key document for the future of the European Macro-region with 115 Million inhabitants, is to be published in October 2019.

18.3.2019, Bucharest, Vienna: At the last meeting of National Coordinators, on 15th February in Bucharest, the 14 member states of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) paved the road towards the new Action plan for the Danube Region, endorsing the roadmap towards the new Action plan, as proposed by the Romanian presidency, with support of Danube Strategy Point (DSP) – the newly established coordination secretariat based in Vienna and Bucharest.

Following 8 years of joint efforts for a more prosperous and cohesive common European space, the Danube Strategy faces a revision phase, which started under the Bulgarian EUSDR Presidency, now taking the final phase under the Romanian EUSDR Presidency.

The approval of a road map of the new Action Plan for the Danube region represents a further significant step of facilitating joint efforts of addressing major challenges all Strategy’s member states are facing (especially taking into consideration cross-cutting topics such as digitalisation, climate protection, mobility and others). The endorsed timeline considers the drafting process of EU’s cohesion programs for the years 2021 to 2027.

The next significant steps: In each of the 14 Danube countries national consultations will take place. This presents a real bottom–up process. Until end of May 2019 the first draft of the new Action Plan will be finished. In June 2019 at the 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 these inputs to draft the New Action Plan which prospectively will be endorsed by the Council of Ministers of the Danube Region in autumn 2019.

ESPON organizes the workshop “From evidence to action: territorial trends and challenges identified in the ESPON projects. Fostering policy coherence in the Danube Region”, in Vienna (Austria), on Thursday 4 April 2019.

Key stakeholders involved in cooperation formats such as the EU Strategy for the Danube Region,  Interreg Danube and Central Europe are invited to participate in the workshop.

Target groups

• Members of the Steering Group DANUVAL (evaluation of the EUSDR; part 3 the meeting will serve to discuss the inception report)

• Interreg Danube working group on post-2020 programming

• Interreg Central Europe governance bodies and beneficiaries

• Stakeholders and experts interested in macroregional/transnational territorial analysis, monitoring and evaluation in the Danube Region / Central Europe region – with a focus on the example of the EUSDR and INTERREG DANUBE-process

• Other interested experts from both the public and private sector

The seminar will provide a wide range of data, indicators and tools that help to monitor territorial trends, compare regional social, economic and environmental performance and identify functional linkages beyond national borders. These insights can support the iterative process of strategy development, monitoring and evaluation. ESPON is also examining the consequences of territorialism, the cost of borders and discontinuity of cooperation, projecting the territorial developments in mid-term and long-term policy scenarios. The role of cooperation amidst the new challenges that ESPON’s European Territorial Reference Framework refers to as the ‘crisis of territorialism’ is projected to be at its greatest height over the next decade. The increasing problems of efficiency and legitimacy of governance compounded by future technological, economic, social and environmental trends necessitates common understanding and a common territorial vision. Insights from ESPON on the territorial future can help to reconcile various interests and serve as an inspiration to shape a common vision for the Danube region.

More information on the rationale, the programme and the registration process can be found in the agenda.

Please note that registration is free of charge but mandatory: www.espon.eu/danube

“Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati and National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, organize The Danube Region Cooperation Forum, on April 11th and 12th, in Galaţi, Romania.

The Danube Region Cooperation Forum gives the opportunity to European officials, government representatives, regions and cities' administrators, experts and academics to share good practice and knowledge in regional and urban development.

The participants will be offered an appropriate format to share experience and best practice on common regional themes, such as local and regional development, youth, resilience, energy security, environmental security, citizenship, European policies, neighbourhood policy etc. It also encourages the dialogue with stakeholders and engages in new partnerships and joint projects that can provide solutions to regional challenges.

For further details and registration, please follow the link: http://www.danubecooperationforum.ro/index.php/en/ 

The beneficiaries of Agrigo4Cities projects organize the final transnational conference, which will give the participants to opportunity to find out about:

  • how urban and periurban agriculture (UPA) contributes to the development of community building spaces, platforms for competitive economic models and clean and sustainable urban environment,
  • how to integrate participatory approach into public decision-making,
  • how to motivate and empower vulnerable/marginalized groups to become socially and economically more engaged by participating in decision-making processes.

The transnational conference, coordinated by the Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency, will bring together scholars, practitioners, NGOs, activists, policymakers and public institutions’ representatives. The conference will be held in English, Hungarian translation will be provided.

For registration, please follow the link: https://lnkd.in/g6KB54b 

You may find here information about the speakers invited to the conference.

For more details about the conference, please follow the link: https://lnkd.in/gDcx2S5

he Danubius Young Scientist Award will be granted to 14 young scientists -one in each country that is part of the EUSDR. The procedure for nominations is now open until Friday, 26th April 2019 at 23:59!

The Danubius Young Scientist Award will be granted to 14 young scientists - one in each country that is part of the EUSDR. The award seeks to encourage young scientists to engage in the scientific examination of problems and questions specifically related to the Danube and to stimulate the scientific community in the Danube region. The award will be endowed with 1.200,- Euros for each winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award. Moreover, thanks to the ongoing kind support by the JRC, the awardees will be invited by the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre to visit the JRC in Ispra, Italy in 2020.

The candidate has to be nominated by his/her hosting scientific organisation (university, academy of sciences, etc.) meaning that the candidate himself / herself cannot apply for the award.

An international expert jury will be established (including members of the Danube Rectors ́ Conference) that will be responsible for assessing all incoming nominations and for drawing up a final ranking. The most highly ranked candidate from each of the countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be recommended for the award.

Nominations including all relevant documents have to be sent to: d [DOT] martinek [AT] idm [DOT] at 

For further details, please follow the link: https://bit.ly/2Niy5cV 

The Danube Strategy Point invites interested parties to submit proposals for conducting an operational evaluation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

In order to respond to this call for an expression of interest, interested experts must demonstrate their experience, capacity and suggested approach to carrying out the operational evaluation in view of the specification presented in the terms of reference.

Interested experts are advised to read the document in detail before drafting and submitting their offer. The offers, including all relevant documents, must be submitted in English, no later than 4 March, 2019, 13.00 (CET).

For more information, please contact Jörg Mirtl (joerg [DOT] mirtl [AT] eusdr-dsp [DOT] eu)

 

The 4th industrial revolution and digitalisation opens new perspectives and provides various challenges for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in internationalisation. 

The joint event of the UpGradeSME project and the PA 8  -Competitiveness of the EUSDR aims at tackling classical and recent challenges and possibilities of internationalization processes. The event will give SMEs from Europe's core regions as well as from the Danube region the opportunity to exchange experiences on internationalisation strategies and address their challenges directly to the representatives from politics and administration present.

The event will be organized and implemented in frame of the INTERREG Europe project UpGradeSME and the Priority Area 8 of EUSDR.

You can find the detailed agenda and the registration link HERE.

PA11 of the EUSDR organizes a training session on 27 March 2019 in Tegernsee (Germany) with the invited participants of the national responsible authorities on the practical implementation of Measure M04, with support of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and the Danube Commission.

Measure M04 provide transnational training and know-how exchange for control bodies in order to ensure harmonized control mechanisms along the Danube with a special focus on regulations regarding the transport of dangerous goods - ADN. 

For further details, you may contact the National Contact Point of Bavarian Police - Combating crime on waterways at the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office, by email: blka [DOT] sg533 [DOT] vbst-zoll-wsp [AT] polizei [DOT] bayern [DOT] de 

 

A new call for proposal opened by AEBR until the 15 of March, addressing public authorities and cross-border structures in border regions in the EU and EFTA countries.

The aim is to identify further border obstacles of legal and administrative nature to allow for the development of innovative proposals to strengthen cross-border cooperation. b-solutions is a major project that AEBR is currently managing on behalf of DG REGIO.

b-solutions is a 2-year pilot initiative financed by the EU budget, managed by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) and promoted by the European Commission’s DG REGIO as one of the actions proposed in the referred Communication Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions.

You can know more in the website: https://www.b-solutionsproject.com/

If you are interested in finding more, you can also contact b-solutions' team writing them to b-solutions [AT] aebr [DOT] eu

The 3rd Call for Proposals is open! You can apply with your proposals until 8th of March 2019 at 14:00h! The third call for proposals is open to the Specific Objectives 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2 and 4.1 and restricted to some topics for the other SOs according to this table.

Interested potential applicants are advised to carefully read all the documents included in the Applicants Pack here. Good luck!

For further details, access the link: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/calls/calls-for-proposals/third-call-for-proposals 

Routes4U is seeking professionals with a specific knowledge in the creation of a branding strategy and/or the implementation of a branding strategy for the Danube Region. He/she should be aware of the different phases of a branding strategy, e.g. the brand audit phase, the brand development phase and the brand implementation phase.

The objective of the branding strategy is to promote the identity of the Danube Region, in line with the objectives of EUSDR, using the Cultural Routes as the products of the branding strategy. The experts should have a thorough country-specific knowledge in at least one of the following countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria), Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine (Odessa, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia), Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Romania.

For further details, please follow the link: https://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/cultural-routes-and-regional-development/-/routes4u-call-for-experts-branding-strategy-for-the-danube-region

Thursday, 7 March, 2019 to Friday, 8 March, 2019
Brussels, Belgium

The concept of sustainable transport is very complex and has to do with many different aspects in society. Therefore, we need to have a broader look on how sustainable transport can or should be developed. The seminar aims at identifying processes and areas where Interreg can have its niche and make a difference.

This is a learning event for the participants. Interact and the Interreg network for sustainable transport will in close cooperation with DG MOVE, compile a one-day seminar that highlights what is done until now and what will be in the pipeline after 2020. It will not only focus on projects but on the steering policies and how to develop processes that leads to sustainable transport solutions. It is also aiming at seeing how different funding sources can work together.

For registration and agenda, please follow the link: http://www.interact-eu.net/#o=events/learning-about-sustainable-transport-to7-network-meeting