EU macro-regional strategies are aiming at addressing challenges shared within a functional area. They also aim at better implementation of the EU policies and more coordination of existing institutions and financial resources. Macro-regional strategies address broad scope of priorities, making an effort for cooperation and coordination across the territory.

Taking into account that transport issues are at heart of all four EU macro-regional strategies and they connect not only countries within one macro-region but also countries across macro-regions, INTERACT has organised a Joint meeting of Transport Coordinators (water and land) of the all four EU macro-regional strategies on 14-15 March 2017 in Ljubljana.

The meeting was following up on the discussion in the High Level Group for Macro-regional strategies (held on 30 May 2016) inviting Coordinators of Transport theme, priority, action or pillar from all four macro-regional strategies to exchange practices and experiences in implementation of their tasks.

The outcomes of the meeting are published in this summary report.





Thematic Seminar -

Innovative Energy Solutions for European Regions and Cities

- in the context of the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)

24 March 2017 in Brussels

Venue: European Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 52

Organisers: European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission with the support of ERRIN

This Thematic Seminar on energy-related Research and Innovation (R&I) aims to raise awareness and foster exchange of information and best practice between the European Commission and the EU regions as well as among the regions themselves. The participants will be updated on the state-of-play on energy R&I policy developments. The recent developments of the Energy Package of the Union as well as of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan and their implications for regions and cities will be presented. Experts in renewable energy, local and regional authorities and EU policy-makers will be brought together to discuss on R&I policy developments and optimising the coordination of different funding programmes and schemes to advance energy R&I on local and regional level. At the same time, the European Commission aims to gather information on the regions' R&I needs and on obstacles which may be hindering them from investing in energy R&I.

The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) is a concept jointly developed by the European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. It is aimed at presenting new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to societal challenges facing the regions and cities of Europe. In 2017, the KEP will address the themes of Energy and Public Sector Innovation.

Detailed agenda and registration.

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania are announcing the 2nd Call EUREKA Danube for Proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on developing innovative products and applications in all technological and application areas. Applicants are expected to develop ready to market solutions or projects which have strong market potential for all involved participants

National organisations will also provide access to public funding for labelled joint projects. The support will be given to each partner by its respective National Authorities in accordance with their national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect, on a non-exchange of funds basis, and subject to budgetary availability in each country.

For the elegibility criteria and other application details visit

Deadline for EUREKA Application: 31 March 2017


The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs invites cluster organisations, other business network organisations, technology centres and science parks interested to team up around specific industrial thematic areas, in the context of industrial modernisation.

Through a dedicated call for the expression of interest, the aim is to mobilise European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3). This call is linked to the establishment of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation and Investment and is envisaged to strengthen industry participation and inter-regional collaboration in the implementation of smart specialisation strategies.

For more information visit the website of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Deadline: Friday, 31 March 2017

The European Commission has opened a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). Up to €27.5 million will be made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities.

The areas concerned are Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS), eIdentification & eSignature, Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and European e-Justice Portal.

A Virtual Info Day on the call and application process will take place on 28 February 2017. Take this opportunity to send your questions about the calls to INEA-CEF-Telecoms-Infoday [AT] ec [DOT] europa [DOT] eu . You can send them already and they will be answered during the event. The event will be live tweeted #CEFTelecomDay

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the call for proposals and follows up the technical and financial implementation of the projects with the beneficiaries, providing technical expertise and high quality programme implementation.

Follow INEA on Twitter @inea_eu & LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest call developments.

The EUSDR Priority Areas 9 and 10 in cooperation with the Managing Authorities of Bavaria and Baden-Württenberg will organise the third meeting of the  ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region in Vienna on 4th and 5th May 2017.

The discussion will be focused on the following topics:

- Different Ways of Transnational Cooperation – Discussion of Experiences and Future Possibilities

- Lean Fund Management

The agenda is also open for further suggestions and examples of good practices. Participants are also kindly invited to send their ideas and topics for possibe contributions by their respective Managing Authorities by March 17th to Ms. Barbara Willsberger (willsberger [AT] LRsocialresearch [DOT] at). For any further inquiries please contact Ms. Willsberger or Ms. Claudia Singer (claudia [DOT] singer [AT] pa10-danube [DOT] eu).  

Slovenia will host the first macroregional communication conference on the Slovenian coast between the 4th and 6th April 2017. The aim of the conference is to bring together media people, MRS governance structures, interested stakeholders and public and exchange views and share experience for how to:

    • strengthen the media support to MRS endeavours,
    • improve the visibility of MRS activities and projects,
    • exchange experience among all the 4 MRS on communication and communication strategies and present the initiative that such media conference should become a permanent (once per year) forum for exchange between the 4 MRS and thus
    • forming a "horizontal media/communication pillar" for EU macroregional strategies.

A more detailed agenda and information about the Registration procedure will be availabe at the begining of March. You can also read more about the event at



The Interact Programme is organising a Meeting of Transport Coordinators (water and land) of the all four EU macro-regional strategies (14-15 March, Hotel Slon, Ljubljana, Slovenia).

This is the first time this kind of thematic meeting is organised across macro-regional strategies. The event announcement is available on the Interact Programme website here

The registration is open until 6 March.

For your participation, you are kindly invited to register to the event here (or by copying the web address to your browser






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Priority Area Coordinator 10, City of Vienna, together with EuroVienna (affiliated entity to the City of Vienna) are responsible for the implementation of the Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) which aims at supporting strategic projects in the Danube region. Interested applicants can propose their ideas to the Priority Area Coordinators of the EUSDR until mid-February 2017. PACs can forward up to 5 applications per Priority Area (PA) which they find most relevant for their PA and the Danube Strategy as a whole.

For more information visit the webpage of PA10:



“Universities for EU Projects”

Project financed as mobility project for traineeship for higher education students - KA1 Erasmus+ 2015 and 2016


A new call is open to assign more then 100 grants of mobility for traineeship within the project “Universities for EU Projects”. The period of the mobility is between the 15th March and the 31st December 2017, for duration between 2 and 9 months.

Trainees will develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of EU ‘Project Planning’ and implement activities related to on-going projects. The participation is therefore open to students in Communications, Marketing, International business, EU law, Engineering, Languages, IT, and any other relevant fields.

If you wish to host one or more trainees in the due period, please read the project Call for Hosts, fill in the Annex 1 and send it to info [AT] eu-gen [DOT] org by the 5th February.

The database will be accessible from the 8th February.

The project is led by SEND Sicily and implemented together with EuGen as Intermediary Organization. It is financed under Erasmus + Programme KA1 and offers mobility grants to students from a consortium of 9 main Italian Universities.

There are no costs for host organizations; trainees receive a grant from the project and insurance from their University.

The matching between students and host organization is organized as follows: eligible students will access EuGen database with host organizations’ profiles to choose their favourite ones and put forward their candidatures. Consequentially, you will have the chance to arrange a Skype call interview with the candidates that you select. In addition to this, you will have direct access to EuGen database to view the students’ profiles.

More info:


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The pilot initiative START Danube Region Project Fund was initiated by Priority Area 10 of the EUSDR to provide small grants in form of seed money for the development and implementation of projects in the Danube Region. It was implemented in the period 2014 – 2016. A total of 48 projects were implemented, with project size ranging from just below 16.000 € to approx. 68.000 €, and START grant per project ranging from 9.970 € to 39.600 €. The projects were implemented by transnational partnerships in the Danube Region, and covered a wide range of topics, from flood protection measures to Roma integration. As a common element, all projects featured a macro-regional impact and pursued objectives or tackled challenges of the EUSDR.

After 3 successful years of implementation and independent evaluation has been conducted to summarise the main results of START, its effectiveness and sustainability. The report (download in PDF format below) aims at analysing the performance of the START initiative in relation to its original objectives and targets and to make its strengths and weaknesses visible, and at enabling future initiative replications and follow-up initiatives to build on the lessons learned.

Read more on the topic here.



The Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organise on 31 January 2017 the kick-off session for the DTP project „Learning by Doing - Targeted capacity building of VET partnerships in the Danube Region for the effective modernization of VET systems” and focused on support of economic growth and competitiveness with help of work-based learning in VET. The event will also serve as a Working Group meeting for Vocational Education and Training of EUSDR Priority Area 8 - Competitiveness.

The Open Seminar’s main goal is to focus on the complex issue of VET transition towards a more demand-driven, company-based vocational education with the help of international and national VET experts:

  • overview of VET from an EU perspective
  • roles and responsibilities of the VET actors
  • main bottlenecks and successes of implementation and sensitisation of VET transition
  • supply and demand for skilled manpower
  • disparity of skills and market needs, shortage of and mismatch between skills and qualifications

The event will be organized on the premises of Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (99 Krisztina krt., H-1016 Budapest, Hungary)

on 31 January, 2017 from 9.00 - 14.00

The event will be organised in English (no translation)

Please register until 17 January 2017 via