The European Union has launched a process to prepare an EU Strategy for the Danube region.
Countries and regions concerned
The new macro-regional strategy (following the EU-Baltic Sea Strategy) will concern the following countries and regions: Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Austria, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine (limited to the western Olbasti close to the Danube).
A map on the territorial coverage Danube Strategy by EU Commission’s website Inforegio.
The European Commission has prioritised 4 pillars as core content for the Danube strategy:
- Connecting the Danube Region: including mobility, sustainable energy, culture, tourism
- Protecting the Environment in the Danube Region: including water quality, risk prevention, biodiversity & landscape
- Building Prosperity in the Danube Region: including knowledge, education, invest in people and skills
- Strengthening the Danube Region: institutional capacity and cooperation, security and safety
A detailed overview can be obtained from the Action Plan and from the image below.
Between February and June 2010 the EC was actively compiling information, comments and ideas related to the Danube Strategy. A consultation document and questionnaire was available on the GD Regio website.
A sequence of four conferences along the Danube from Ulm, via Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava, Ruse to Constanţa was one of the main tools to promote the strategy and to gain responses from stake holders.
A consultation process was started by the EC. From 02.02.2010 to 12.04.2010 stake holders had been invited to send in their written statements. The consultation can be found on the website of DG Regio.
The EC published the first core document, the Action Plan, on 08.12.2010 which was based on the results of the stakeholder process.
The second core document, the Danube Strategy, is planned to be published during the end of the Hungarian EU Presidency in June 2011.