The Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (DG ECHO) organized a four-day scoping mission between 4-7th of July 2016 to Solotvino (Ukraine), where the abandoned and neglected salt mine poses a significant contamination threat of the Tisza River and also threatens the livelihoods of those living in the region. The five-member scoping mission team was made up of British, Finnish, French, Hungarian and Latvian experts.

A few years ago, a significant amount of salt concentrate was measured on the Hungarian section of the Tisza River, which gave the situation at Solotvino an important cross-border element. The current state of affairs at the site requires quick and efficient measures that will provide secure housing to those living in Solotvino, and will also mitigate the negative cross-border environmental consequences of the Tisza River contamination.

In coordination of the Secretariat for the Danube Region Strategy Ministerial Commissioner of Hungary, the disaster management services of Ukraine and Hungary have requested the support of the European Commission in January 2016, in order to comprehensively map out of the cross border environmental emergency situation at Solotvino. The abandoned salt mines continuously contaminate the Tisza River with unknown quantities of salt, while the residential buildings of the area are also under constant threat because of the quickly forming craters (some craters can reach depths of 110-120 meters, and can form in matter of hours).

As an immediate result of the scoping mission, a Terms of Reference has been created by the members of the mission, which outlines the need for immediate action in the area. The Hungarian EUSDR Secretariat – being the co-coordinator of PA4 and PA5 – will continue playing a significant role in finding a sustainable solution to this crisis.


The EuroAccess has helped users from the Danube Region to find EU funding opportunities for their project ideas since 2016. Now, EuroAccess has been expanded to support the ­­Baltic Sea Region, Adriatic-Ionian Region and Alpine Region as well.

Visit EuroAccess Macro-Regions!

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The 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be jointly organised by the European Commission and the Slovak Republic on 3 and 4 November 2016 in the premises of the Slovak National Theatrein Bratislava.

The forum entitled "Innovative Flows - Water, Knowledge and Innovation in the Danube Region" will focus on water management and research and innovation in the Danube region. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss the results and future of the strategy. Workshops of the 5th Annual Forum will cover issues such as water management, knowledge society, governance of the S trategy or links to the EU funds. The forum will also feature the "Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy" by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Registrations will open in September, please save the date already now.


Working Together for a Green, Competitive and Inclusive Europe

The EEA Agreement is the mainstay of the cooperation between Norway and the EU. The Agreement includes a common goal to work together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe. Norway contributes to this through the EEA and Norway Grants. For the period 2014-2021, Norway will provide approximately EUR 2.8 billion in support to 15 EU member states. The Grants are allocated to sectors that are crucial for development in the beneficiary country, and where there is potential for, and interest in, cooperation with Norway.

The five areas identified for funding under the Grants both supplement and complement the areas supported by the EU Cohesion Fund:

#1 Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
#2 Social inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon
#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights
#5 Justice and Home Affairs

Beneficiary states from the Danube Region (amounts received in million EUR):
Bulgaria: 210.1
Croatia: 103.4
Czech Republic: 184.5
Hungary: 214.6
Romania: 502.5
Slovenia: 37.7
Slovakia: 113.1

For more information visit


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Date: 23 & 24 June 2016
Venue: Vienna City Hall

Based on the new approach of the European Commission in the enlargement process: Fundamentals first, the conference will examine regional and national ‘best practices’ towards achieving the three pillars rule of law, economic governance and public administration reform.

High-level representatives from national, local and regional authorities in the Western Balkans and the Danube region as well as EU-member states will come together to identify practices and recommendations on how to best reform public administrations and improve policymaking procedures to foster good governance.

More info & registration at

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Job announcement for 2 /two/ vacant positions for experts at the Joint Technical Secretariat, Priority Area 3 “To Promote Cultureand Tourism, People to People Contacts” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, located in Rousse, Republic of Bulgaria

  1. I.General Job description for the position “expert” at the Joint Technical Secretariat:
  • The main responsibilities are related to drafting of reporting documents under project “Technical assistance for the Bulgarian coordinator of PA 3 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region”;
  • Providing Support to the activities carried out by the Bulgarian and Romanian coordinators;
  • Involvement in the preparation, carrying out and reporting of meetings and events under PA 3 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region;
  • Maintenance and updating of web site of PA3;
  • Initiate and participate in project proposals drafting.

Selection stages

  1. 1.Documents submission

The applicants shall submit via regular postal service or via e-mail the required documents. The deadline for submission of application is 17.30 on 07 June 2016, Sofia local time.

  1. 2.Documents Selection stage

Within 5 working days after deadline for submission of documents, a Commission appointed by a Minister of Tourism shall check the submitted by each applicant documents and shall announce the list of the admitted applicants for the second stage at the web site of the Ministry of Tourism, and it will be announced the date for interview.

  1. 3.Interview

The Commission appointed with an Ordinance of the Minister of Tourism shall have interview with candidates, shall evaluate them and announce a final ranking of selected applicants

  1. 4.Selection procedure results announcement

The final result from the selection procedure concerning ranking of applicants shall be announced on the web site of Ministry of Tourism

Job requirements

  • University degree (Bachelor is a must);
  • Professional experience in preparation and/or implementation of EU financed projects;
  • Very good English proficiency level;
  • Knowledge of second foreign language is considered as an advantage;
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region;
  • Experience with international organizations / partners;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and presentation skills;

Selection documents

  • Request for participation in the selection procedure (as per enclosed matrix);
  • Curriculum Vitae in Europass format;
  • Cover letter;
  • Copy of a document/s from a relevant education institution;
  • Copy of documents for professional experience;
  • Copy of document/s for English and/or another foreign language proficiency;

The documents shall be submitted in Bulgarian language. In case when an Applicant is not a Bulgarian citizen, the documents can be submitted also in another foreign language with a translation in Bulgarian.

Submission of documents

-          Personally at the premises of Ministry of Tourism, at address 1, Saborna str. , Sofia

-          Via regular post addressed to Ministry of Tourism, 1, Saborna str., 1000 Sofia (the stamp on the envelope shall be not later of the deadline for submission of documents);

-          To email jts [AT] tourism [DOT] government [DOT] bg

Deadline for submission of documents – 17.30 on 07 June 2016, Sofia local time.

Location for the interview – Ruse, 15 Knyzheska str. Floor 3

This is an hour rate contract and the hour rate shall be paid according to the budget approved together with the Application form

For more information and other notifications regarding this selection procedure visit the website of the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria:

Call for papers for the launch event "Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe"

19 September 2016, Vienna

Innovative approaches can provide answers to economic and societal challenges such as demographic change, the current migration wave, and the unequal distribution of wealth. In order to improve European cohesion, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research aims at constructing new bridges between stakeholders, sectors, countries, policies, and systems in the field of social welfare. In this context, the European Centre will organize a launch event to further focus its activities in the EU acceding countries of Eastern Europe and countries of the Eastern Partnership.

The Workshop "Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe" takes place on 19 September 2016 in Vienna. It aims at gathering and exchanging expertise from researchers, policy makers and practitioners on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. We particularly invite scholars and experts with expertise in innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in the above countries to submit an abstract for

*   either an academic paper

*   or a good practice.

The call for abstracts on academic papers and good practice is open until 27 May 2016.

Further information is provided here

16-17 June, Sofia, Bulgaria

You are invited to participate in the 7th European Evaluation Conference "The result orientation: Cohesion Policy at work" organized by the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy and Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. The conference will highlight the benefits of evidence based policy making. It will be a showcase for the best evaluations, a place to discuss good practices in evaluation planning, and an opportunity to broaden the range of people involved in the evaluation of Cohesion Policy.

The conference will bring together Managing Authorities, evaluation experts, the academia, and stakeholders from across Europe for discussing 2 key questions:

  • What has EU Cohesion Policy achieved in the last programming period?
  • What are the challenges to the effectiveness of the interventions in the Programming Period 2014-20?

Furthermore evaluation evidence on the performance of Cohesion Policy will be presented, examining:

  • Lessons learned from evaluations of the 2007-2013 period;
  • The effectiveness of Cohesion Policy investments in different fields;
  • The experience of Managing Authorities with the design of Evaluation Plans and the challenges for evaluation in 2014-2020.

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Interact Programme is opening a call for tenders on a study “Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)”.

Entities and economic operators interested to participate shall order terms of reference by contacting ip [DOT] turku [AT] interact-eu [DOT] net

The headline of the e-mail containing a request to receive the material shall be as follows: ‘Request for material: "Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)"’.

The call for tenders is published in Finnish procurement system HILMA and can be found in

International Conference „Danube – Connecting Serbia with Trans-European  Transport and Energy Networks“ will be held on April 19th 2016 in Novi Sad, Serbia (Тhe Gallery of Matica srpska).

This conference is organised by European Movement Serbia (local council in Novi Sad)  in cooperation with Forum for International Relations, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and Faculty of European Legal and Political Studies, with support of the Provincial Secretariat for Science and Technological Development.

The event will gather participants from Austria, Hungary and Serbia, officials of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Provincial Government of Vojvodina, representatives of the diplomatic corps, civil society and the media.


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EUSDR Priority Area Coordinators are kindly requested to send the following signed documents by e-mail to the DSP (e-mail info [AT] dsp [DOT] bwl [DOT] de)

by 30 April 2016 at the latest:

  •  the interim progress report, ANNEX Va (PDF-version)
  •  the interim financial progress report, ANNEX Vb (PDF + Excel-version) and
  •  the certificate on the financial statements, ANNEX VIb (PDF-version)

The interim reports and the certificate on the financial statements should contain the eligible costs from the start of your project to 29 February 2016.

The templates, general conditions & eligibility rules can be found at

No additional supporting documents (e.g. invoices, contracts, timesheets, proof of payments, etc.) need to be submitted, unless explicitly requested by the DSP.


The 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Government of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 12-13 May 2016. This event will take stock of the progress of the Strategy since its endorsement by the European Council in October 2014, and will contribute to define the way ahead.

The programme is organised around two high-level Plenary sessions:

1) For a resilient and innovative Adriatic and Ionian Region – tackling the social and economic challenges

2) Unlocking the potential of the Adriatic and Ionian Region – the added value of multi-level governance

and three parallel sessions, targeting the practitioners, and providing a space for interactive exchange of experiences and opinions around the following issues:

1) Reconciling conflicting interests in a shared maritime space

2) Seeking enhanced cooperation in the transport and energy sectors

3) Smart approach for a sustainable and attractive region


More practical info & registration via the website of DG REGIO: