The National Participation Day is seen as an important national forum that provides a good opportunity for bringing together Ukraine’s key stakeholders in the Danube Strategy process, i.e. the national and regional government, civil society, academic and expert community, politicians and local actors, strengthening coordination and cooperation between them, and discussing and revising Ukraine’s agenda in the EU Danube Strategy process. The idea of the National Participation Day is closely linked to the concept of the Danube Participation Day, an annual event held on the eve of Annual Forums of the Danube Strategy and providing an interactive platform for communication and exchange of experience between civil society and local actors, including local and regional authorities, academic community, international organisations and other stakeholders in the EUSDR.
The 2nd National Participation Day is jointly organised by the Ministry of Regional Development and Housing of Ukraine, Danube Civil Society Forum, U-LEAD project tem, and Centre for Regional Studies with support from Foster Europe – Foundation for Strong European Regions, Odessa Regional Council, Odessa Regional State Administration and the EUSDR Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” (City of Vienna).
Aim of the event is to discuss the current state of affairs with Ukraine’s involvement in the EUSDR implementation and to facilitate cooperation between various actors interested in making Ukraine an active player in the Danube Strategy process.