The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges and to boost the development of the region.
For the implementation of the Strategy, the European Commission proposed a Communication - COM(2010) 715 - 08/12/2010 and an Action Plan - SEC(2010) on December 8, 2010, which were formally endorsed by the European Council in June 24, 2011.
The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region. It is not about funding, it is about closer cooperation!
It is about taking actions, assuming responsibility and joining forces in order to get results for the benefit of all danubian citizens!
It covers parts of 8 EU countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) and 6 non-EU countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova).
The Action Plan addresses 4 main Pillars and 11 Priority Areas:
I. Connecting the Region
1a) To improve mobility and intermodality - Inland waterways
1b) To improve mobility and intermodality - Rail, road and air
2) To encourage more sustainable energy
3) To promote culture and tourism, people to people contacts
II. Protecting the environment
4) To restore and maintain the quality of waters
5) To manage environmental risks
6) To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils
III. Building prosperity in the Danube Region
7) To develop the knowledge society :research, education and ICT
8) To support the competitiveness of enterprises
9) To invest in people and skills
IV. Strengthening the Danube Region
10) To step up institutional capacity and cooperation
11) To work together to tackle security and organised crime
For detailed information and latest development about the EU Danube Strategy please visit the official site of the strategy www.danube-region.eu