·      EUROPEAN COMMISSION https://www.romania2019.eu

·      The Romanian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

·      Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

·      Danube Region Strategy

·      The Handover of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region by Romania

·      The Taking over the EU Strategy for the Danube Region by Croatia




October 27-28, 2019 Bucharest Romania

“ Working Community of the Danube Regions, its added value for danubian regions and its connection to the European Strategy for the Danube Region.

In addition to keynote inputs and discussions with experts, some best practice projects from the Danube Region were presented and debated, accordingly.

Follow up: the Annual FORUM will stand with the conference as a side event of the Danube strategy, as part of  the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), according to the oficial understandings leveraged with The Office of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government, Department for International and European Affairs in its function as Chair of the Working Community of the Danube Regions. ”

  • Including the participation of the Governments, representing the countries bordering the Danube basin, the Prime Minister of Romania, the Vice PM, Ministers of Regional Development, Public Administration, Foreign Affairs, Waters & Forests, the European Funds, for the worldwide Romanians, directors, professors, experts the University of Galati, Villages Association in Romania, City Halls, Consultative Councils, Federations, NGO’s, the Danube Regional Commissar (CLDR), THE DANUBE ENGINEERING CLUSTER, DEFENCE UNLIMITED, VIVERA, LUCAS COMMNICATIONS SERVICES, VEST ENERGO S.A., CLUSTERO, CIVIL SOCIETY OF ROMANIA, ministries’ directors, USH Pro Business Center etc.

As Presidency of the EUSDR (November 2018-October 2019), Romania is doing its best to reach consensus among the participating countries for ensuring full implementation of the Danube Strategy main objectives. Romanian Presidency proposed the goal to re-launch the Strategy by bringing it higher on the political agendas of EUSDR states and by stimulating further involvement at the technical level.

The ongoing revision process of the EUSDR Action Plan represents a very important step in the direction of the making the Strategy more inclusive, more efficient and better corelated to EU policies. This complex process requires both political and technical inputs from all involved countries and stakeholders. Romania plays its role as facilitator of consensus within the Revision Process of the EUSDR Action Plan.

Throughout its mandate, Romania promotes four priority topics and directions of actions:

  • Improving connectivity and mobility in the Danube region by promoting transport, tourism, digitization and people-to-people contacts;
  • Re-launching the Strategy within the process of updating the Action Plan of EUSDR by creating synergies between key-stakeholders in the Danube region and the European Commission;
  • Promoting good practices regarding legal and administrative matters within EUSDR Priority Areas in close collaboration with the public administration, the academic and the business community, social actors;
  • Fostering transnational cluster development by supporting an exchange of best practices  among various entities taking part in the EUSDR.


        Officially launched in 2011, it is one of the four macro-strategies existing at the level of the European Union, being co-initiated by Romania and Austria and representing a mechanism for the cooperation of the Danube basin countries for the economic, social and territorial development of the macro- the Danube region. Fourteen states are participating in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region: nine Member States of the European Union (Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany as Federal State and the Länder of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary) and five non-EU countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).

Almost 10 years after its initial launching, the EU Strategy for the Danube region entered its first process of reviewing its main structure, objectives, targets, actions and projects. Since in June 2018, the ongoing process of updating the EUSDR Action Plan represents a very important step in the direction of relaunching Danube Strategy and aligning it to the post 2020 EU framework.

The revision of the EUSDR Action Plan is a complex process that requires both a political and a technical involvement of all stakeholders. The Romanian EUSDR Presidency continued the efforts made by Bulgaria during its 2018 mandate as Presidency-in-office of EUSDR,  of launching an inclusive, transparent and comprehensive process of consultations for the Revision of the Action Plan. The Romanian Presidency of EUSDR is committed to work with all EUSDR countries, DG Regio/European Commission and other relevant stakeholders to the benefit of the Danube region and its citizens. Overall, the re-launching of the EUSDR and the Process of Revision of the Action Plan involve a lot of efforts and a strong willingness on part of member states of EUSDR countries.

In preparing the new programming period for cohesion 2020+, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is revising its Action Plan. All EUSDR actors , including National Coordinators, Priority Coordinators and Steering Groups and Stakeholders from Danube countries, are currently involved in drafting their inputs for the new Action Plan of the EUSDR.

According to the UPDATED TIMELINE FOR THE REVISION OF THE EUSDR ACTION PLAN, endorsed at the meeting of the EUSDR National  Coordinators (14-15 February 2019), the first draft of the  Consolidated Proposal for the new Action Plan should be finished by the end of May 2019, based on the document endorsed through consensus on 15 February 2019 allowing for Structuring the Consolidated considerations of the NCs and PACs regarding the Revision.

As the Strategy is a bottom-up process, beside key-stakeholders, all interested citizens from the Danube Macro Region are being offered the opportunity to bring in their proposals for the new Action Plan. Therefore, on the 4th of April 2019, Danube Strategy Point launched an online consultation that allows to collect inputs from the general public. The persons interested to take part in the Revision Process are invited to send their proposals for new strategic projects and actions as a valuable input for the future Strategy.

Moreover, during the 8th Annual Forum of EUSDR from Bucharest (27-28 of June 2019), the Romanian Presidency of EUSDR provided space for Public Hearings for a broader exchange with stakeholders and civil society on the Revision Process’ working documents.

Based on a series of consolidated inputs by all actors of the Strategy, the European Commission will use the consolidated proposal to draft the New Action Plan, after consulting the European Commission Services. Prospectively, the  Commission Staff Working Document is foreseen to be endorsed by the Ministers in charge of EUSDR governance from the Danube Region in October 2019.

In order to see the progress made in the revision process during the 2019 mandate as Presidency of EUSDR, one can jointly with PACs and NCs below:




Government of Romania (Mr. Victor Negrescu, Ms. Roxana Manzatu, ministers), www.defenceunlimited.com, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF ROMANIA

(Ms. Melania Gabriela Ciot, State Secretary, Mr. Razvan Stefan Rab, EUSDR National Coordinator Special representative), VIVERA ROMANIA, MINISTRY OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EU FUNDS – REPUBLIC OF CROATIA (Mr. Velimir Žunac, Minister/State Secretary, Ms. Stella Arneri, Assistant Minister)

Dumitru Sorina


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