3rd NATIONAL PARTICIPATION DAY IN THE EU STRATEGY FOR THE DANUBE REGION & 2nd DONORS’ CONFERENCE “Danube Financial and Capacity Building Dialogue”

Ukraine, a non-EU country involved in the EU Danube Strategy process, shares significant part of the Danube-Carpathian Region that includes four oblasts (regions) – Odesska Oblast, Chernivetska Oblast, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast and Zakarpatska Oblast – occupying 68,100 sq km with a population of 6,160,400. The Danube Strategy is seen as a tool for sustainable development of areas belonging to the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region and provides a good opportunity for accelerating Ukraine’s move towards the European integration.

The National Participation Day is an important national forum that brings 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, and improves coordination and cooperation between them. 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.

On 22 April 2015, the 1st National Participation Day in the EUSDR was held in Kyiv in the form of a public hearing with the purpose of bringing together Ukraine’s key actors in the Danube Strategy process and to consolidate efforts of the government and the civil society in order to ensure Ukraine’s efficient involvement in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The 1st National Participation Day was organised by the Centre for Regional Studies (Odessa), the Danube Civil Society Forum and the EUSDR Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” in the framework of the EU-funded action “Strengthening Civil Society Involvement in Assisting the Government with the Implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region”.

The 2nd National Participation Day was jointly organised by the Danube Civil Society Forum, U-LEAD project tem, and Centre for Regional Studies with support from the Ministry of Regional Development and Housing of Ukraine, 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) and held in Odessa on 7 September 2017 with the aim of discussing the current state of affairs with Ukraine’s involvement in the EUSDR implementation and facilitating cooperation between various actors interested in making Ukraine an active player in the Danube Strategy process.

This year, the National Participation Day is combined with the Donors’ Conference – a platform for conducting a dialogue between project promoters and various donors, looking deeper at needs and challenges which project promoters face with, presenting funding opportunities (public and private) for various initiatives in the Danube Region, and enhancing cooperation between participating stakeholders. 

The Donors’ Conference Framework is a concept that suggests the form of a living dialogue between those who launch public, private and civil society initiatives in the Danube Region, and the donor and financial institutions which may financially support such projects and initiatives. The Donors’ Conference aims to bridge the gap between topical issues in the Danube Region and funding opportunities to tackle them, as well as to ensure a synergy between, on the one hand, various projects and initiatives in the Danube Region, and, on the other hand, funds provided by different donor and financial institutions to support the sustainable development and reduce regional disparities within the Danube Region.

The idea of a “Donors’ Conference” has been jointly developed by the EUSDR Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation”, the Danube Civil Society Forum and the Government of the Republic of Moldova based on the previous experience in holding the Danube Financial Dialogues and National Participation Days. The 1st event named “Danube Financial and Capacity Building Dialogue” was held on 26-27 October 2017 in Chisinau. Then it was decided that the 2nd Donors’ Conference “Danube Financial and Capacity Building Dialogue” would be held in Odessa, Ukraine.

The 3rd National Participation Day and the 2nd Donors’ Conference “Danube Financial and Capacity Building Dialogue” aimto discuss available tools for fostering Ukraine’s involvement in the EUSDR implementation, in particular, institutional capacities and funding opportunities for conducting respective activities.

The event is jointly organised by Odessa Regional Council, Danube Civil Society Forum, EUSDR Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation”, Centre for Sustainable Development and Environmental Studies of the Danube Region and Centre for Regional Studies with the support from Foster Europe – Foundation for Strong European Region and Baden-Württemberg Foundation.

To register, please contact Mr. Igor Studennikov under igor_studennikov@ukr.net.