EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)

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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 in 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.

1) To improve mobility and intermodalityInland waterways: Austria, Romania
Rail, road and air: Slovenia, Serbia
2) To encourage more sustainable energyHungary, Czech Republic
3) To promote culture and tourism, people to people contactsBulgaria, Romania
4) To restore and maintain the quality of watersHungary, Slovakia
5) To manage environmental risksHungary, Romania
6) To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soilsGermany (Bavaria), Croatia
7) To develop the knowledge society (research, education and ICT)Slovakia, Serbia
8) To support the competitiveness of enterprisesGermany (Baden-Württemberg), Croatia
9) To invest in people and skillsAustria, Moldova
10) To step up institutional capacity and cooperationAustria (Vienna), Slovenia
11) To work together to tackle security and organised crimeGermany, Bulgaria

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