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EU Strategy for the Danube Region - EUSDR

The European Union Strategy for the Danube Region is a strategy to boost the development of the macro-region. It was proposed by the European Commission on December 8, 2010 (Commission Communication - EU Strategy for the Danube Region).  Member States endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region at the General Affairs Council on April 13, 2011 (Council Conclusions).

The Danube region is facing several challenges:

  • environmental threats (water pollution, floods, climate change)
  • untapped shipping potential and lack of road and rail transport connections
  • insufficient energy connections
  • uneven socio-economic development
  • uncoordinated education, research and innovation systems
  • shortcomings in safety and security

The strategy tackles 11 priority areas, which usually are coordinated for the whole region by at least two countries. Research and Innovation are covered by Priority Area 7 in coordination also with Priority Area 8.

Priority Area

Priority Area Coordinator
Countries

1) To improve mobility and intermodality

Inland waterways:

  • Austria
  • Romania

Rail, road and air:

  • Slovenia
  • Serbia

2) To encourage more sustainable energy

Hungary

Czech Republic

3) To promote culture and tourism, people to people contacts

Bulgaria

Romania

4) To restore and maintain the quality of waters

Hungary

Slovakia

5) To manage environmental risks

Hungary

Romania

6) To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils

Germany (Bavaria)

Croatia

7) To develop the knowledge society (research, education and ICT)

Slovakia

Serbia

8) To support the competitiveness of enterprises

Germany (Baden-Württemberg)

Croatia

9) To invest in people and skills

Austria

Moldova

10) To step up institutional capacity and cooperation

Austria (Vienna)

Slovenia

11) To work together to tackle security and organised crime

Germany

Bulgaria