The Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF) is foreseen in the Action Plan of the EU Commission for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in 4th pillar „Strengthening the Danube Region“ as the platform for Civil Society cooperation, opinion and capacity building, as well as networking the Danube Region.
The DCSF was founded on 1 July 2011 at the first general conference with more than 100 participants from 14 Danube countries, national, regional, and international NGOs, representatives from churches, minorities, academia, as and as well as representatives from the EU Parliament, the EU Commission, the EU Presidency (Hungary) and other EU institutions.
While the DCSF acted in close cooperation and in consensus with the responsible EU institutions, the Danube Civil Society Forum is a self-organized and independent NGO structure.
The Danube Civil Society Forum is the platform for civil society dialogue and networking in the Danube basin under the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). It functions as the interface for structured consultations between civil society and public and private authorities on the regional, national and EU level as well as to international and intergovernmental organisations active in the region.
The Danube Civil Society Forum is dedicated to support civil society organisations in the Danube basin. It aims to promote and enhance civil society participation and networking in the framework of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region.
The Forum is registered under the Austrian law. It has 112 members; 74 regular members and 38 observers as of 1st August 2011.
Bank account: FOSTER EUROPE, Projektkonto DCSF
Call for Participation in the DCSF
The Danube Civil Society Forum is open to new members. Interested NGOs and experts are invited to participate and/or cooperate in one of DCSF WGs or programs.
The DCSF is determined to be open, inclusive and transparent. Membership in the DCSF is open to all NGOs who adhere to the Eisenstadt principles of civil society in the Danube Region, who work in the Danube region, have a track record of competence and experience and who are able to contribute to the thematic aspects of the Danube Strategy (DS). Membership and any position with the DCSF are open to NGO representatives from all countries participating in the DCSF (EU-members, candidate states and non member states).
A special associate membership (Partnership) can be granted to NGOs and organisations who seek to cooperate with the DCSF or special working groups of the DCSF but are not able/willing to become fully fledged members.
All interested NGOs and civil society actors in the Danube basin are invited to join our network.
To join our network please fill out first the registration form.