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Danube Region

Go-ahead for a new programme area: Germany participates in the newly created Danube programme. The Danube Region is the linking element between countries and regions on the former Iron Curtain - a region with considerable socio-economic disparities. The aim of the new Danube Programme is to bring together the regions in the countries on the River Danube via concrete cooperations thus helping to put the EU Strategy for the Danube Region into practice.

Eligible transnational cooperation areas 2014-2020 - Danube Region

German federal states involved

Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria

The Danube as a connecting element

The Danube Region is characterised by very different landscapes, economic and cultural areas. Being the river with the most riparian parties worldwide, the Danube is the connecting link between these regions. Besides the nine EU member states Bulgaria, Germany (Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria), Croatia, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary, the Danube Region covers Bosnia-Hecegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and parts of the Ukraine. A main challenge is the very diverse economic power of the regions involved. Economic and social innovation therefore count among the programme's priorities. It is also necessary to use and maintain the potential offered by the diversity of cultures and landscapes of the Danube regions. This is why a good transport connection is decisive. As the Danube region is split into various national and regional administrative units, an improved government is another important priority.

Themes of cooperation

The Danube Transnational Programme supports projects concerning the following four priority axes:

Innovative and socially responsible Danube Region

  • Improving framework conditions for innovation
  • Non-technological innovation

Environment- and culture-responsible Danube Region

  • Fostering the sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources
  • Fostering the restoration and management of ecological corridors
  • Water management and flood risk prevention
  • Disaster risk management

Better connected and energy-responsible Danube Region

  • Supporting environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas
  • Improving energy security and energy efficiency

Well governed Danube Region

  • Improving institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges
  • Supporting the governance and implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Budget and funding

  • Danube Region (2014 - 2020): 263 million euros
  • Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 202 million euros
  • EU cofinancing rate: 85%
  • Average project funds: 1 - 5 million euros
  • Eligible for funding: staff costs, organisation and travel costs, external expertise costs, equipment expenditure, investments (limited)

How to become a project partner

Under the Danube Transnational Programme, at least three partners from at least three different countries join within a project for usually three years, at least one country having to be an EU member state. A lead partner assumes the overall control of a project. The programme addresses public and private stakeholders.

The following partners are eligible for funding under the Danube Transnational Programme:

  • Public authorities (natinonal, regional, local authorities)
  • (Public) service providers
  • Research institutes and universities
  • Chambers and associations
  • Business support organisations
  • Enterprises
  • Non-governmental organisations

Additional Information


Brigitte Ahlke

Division SU 3 - European Spatial and Urban Development

Phone:  +49 228 99401-2330


Donau Contact Point Deutschland
Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg
Amir Kalajdzini
Schlossplatz 4 (Neues Schloss)
70173 Stuttgart

Phone:  +49 711-123 2712
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