Non Legislative, European Commission, Regions and local development
On 9 April the European Commission will release its first progress report on the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). The main findings of the report will be presented by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, at a Press Round Table the same day. Apart from taking stock of the progress achieved, the report outlines recommendations for the future direction of the Danube Strategy.
Since its launch in 2011 (IP/11/472) the 14 countries involved in the EU Strategy (8 Member States and 6 non Member States) for the Danube Region have developed new ways of co-operation to find innovative and sustainable solutions to common challenges. The objective of this new concept of macro-regional strategy is to create an added value for all countries involved through better coordination and use of synergies. Alongside established priority themes, joint action has been taken to boost the competitiveness of the Danube region.
The Strategy has already triggered many innovative transnational projects such as the construction of transport and energy interconnections, joint measures to reduce environmental risks such as pollution or flooding and investments in education and training. Another field of activity is the support of SMEs and of new technologies.
The first Annual Forum of the EUSDR was held in Regensburg, Germany in November 2012, providing an opportunity to showcase its implementation and to discuss its further development. The second Annual Forum will be held in Bucharest, Romania on 28/29 October this year.
The Press Round Table with EU Commissioner Hahn will take place on Tuesday, 9 April at 13.30 p.m. at the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Meeting Room 9 on the 9th floor.