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


From 1.1.2017 the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) took over the role of Priority Area Coordinator on behalf of Slovenia for PA 10 (Institutional Capacity & Cooperation). The CEP was founded in 2006 by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to assists the countries of the Western Balkans and other countries which share a European perspective, in their efforts to join the European Union (EU) by transferring Slovenian best practices, experiences and practical know-how.

CEP´s dedicated Project Managers Ms Nina Čepon and Ms Ingrid Omahna will be working closly together with PA 10´s Austrian coordinators from the City of Vienna, focusing their efforts on facilitating wider participation of young people, raising awareness on the importance of coordination in the Danube region, searching for solutions for better collaboration on local and regional levels as well as capacity building of actors and structures of the civil society.

More info:



The European Commission adopted the first ever single report on the implementation of the four existing European Union (EU) macro-regional strategies: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region ((COM(2016)805)).

The report provides an assessment of the state of implementation of the current strategies and takes stock of the main results achieved to date. It draws lessons from the experience gained so far and presents a number of recommendations on possible developments of the strategies and their action plans, also in the light of the future cohesion policy. The report is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Document which provides more detailed information concerning the state of implementation of each macro-regional strategy, as well as specific recommendations.

More information (including the full text of the report and the Staff Working document) is available here:



Pécs Writers Program is searching for resident programs or literary houses as future partners for either bi- or multilateral projects. The program was founded in 2007 with the aim of bringing authors together from the whole Danube Region and in the past 10 years it hosted more than 70 authors from Europe, USA, Japan and China. In the recent years they have established fruitful exchanges with ULNÖ Krems (Austria), Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus Schwandorf (Germany), Port Cultural Cetate (Romania) and with the upcoming European Capital of Culture cities (Pilzen,Wroclaw, Pafos). They regualry take part at the Danube Cultural Conference and their authors were guests at the Donau Lounge in several bookfairs (Vienna, Lemberg/Lviv). If your organisation would like to join this expanding regional network get in touch with the organisers.

Károly Méhes – kmehes [AT] gmail [DOT] com +36309971032

Enikő Kulcsár – kulcsareniko [AT] gmail [DOT] com +36309505115



for 2 Internship positions at the Danube Strategy Point in Brussels 

The Danube Strategy Point (DSP) was established in 2015 by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the State of Baden-Württemberg, which is hosting the DSP in its offices in Brussels. Our main mission is improving the implementation process of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and enhancing and strengthening the cooperation and interaction between various stakeholders in the region, including 9 EU member states and 5 non-member countries.  

The internship training period involves gaining work experience at the DSP where interns can put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their studies. Interns will be under the supervision of the Head of the DSP or an assigned Senior Officer. Daily responsibilities will depend on the applicant’s background, involving carrying out desktop research as well as contributing to organisational tasks.

Selection criteria: Interested applicants from the 14 programme countries of the Danube Strategy are invited to apply. The internship programme is open to students who are enrolled at higher education institution or other graduate programme preferably with specialization in an area relevant to the work of the organisation. The working language of the DSP is English, but knowledge of additional languages of the Danube region would be an advantage.

Please note that applicants from non-EU countries will have to apply for a type-B work permit (more information available here).

Envisaged starting date: January 2017 

Duration period: 3 months

Allowances: A contribution of EUR 450 per month towards living costs will be paid by the DSP. Applicants who live outside of Belgium are eligible for reimbursement of a return ticket between the place of internship (Brussels) and their country of residence.

How to apply: Applications are now closed (14/12/2016)

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.