Danube Region - Stronger together, stronger in the world
Main venue: International Conference Centre/Palace of Parliament, Bucharest
The Second Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), jointly organised between the Government of Romania and the European Commission, will take place at the International Conference Centre/Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, on 28-29 October 2013.
Last year’s Annual Forum took place in Regensburg (Bavaria, Germany) and it was focused on the potential contribution of the Danube Strategy to Europe’s growth. More than 600 participants attended, including Germany’s Chancellor Merkel and ministers from several countries in the Danube Region.
The title of this year’s Forum will be “Danube Region - stronger together, stronger in the world”. Within this framework, it will encourage a debate on how the Strategy is helping to tackle joint challenges and how this is having an influence in striving competitiveness.
The agenda is organised around three Plenary sessions, with key EUSDR actors reflecting on the state of play and future outlook: 1) Stronger in the world: The Danube Strategy as driver for growth, jobs and global impact, 2) Stronger together: The Danube Strategy balancing economy and ecology, 3) Financing the Danube Strategy; and four parallel thematic workshops which are planned to provide a space for an interactive exchange of experiences and opinions on issues such as ownership of the EUSDR, its multi-level governance, effective implementation of initiatives and possible funding sources: 1) ’Connected Danube Region’, 2) ’Green Danube Region’, 3) ‘Smart and inclusive Danube Region’ and 4) ‘Effective, attractive and safe Danube Region.
The publication of the 1st report on the implementation of the Strategy (April 2013) and the crucial stage of the negotiations for the future programmes in the period 2014-2020 will shape the debates among decision-makers from business, politics, international organisations and civil society coming from all over the Danube Region.