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.

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:

“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: 

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: 

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

For more details about the conference, please follow the link: