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The Danube Region as an linking element: The Danube links countries and regions along the former Iron Curtain – a region with considerable socio-economic disparities. The aim of the Danube Transnational Programme is to bring together the regions in the 14 Danube countries from the Black Forest to the Black Sea via concrete cooperations thus helping to put the EU Strategy for the Danube Region into practice.
The Danube Region is characterised by very different landscapes, economic and cultural areas. Being the river with the most riparian parties, the River Danube forms the linking element 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 comprises Bosnia-Hecegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and parts of the Ukraine. A main challenge is the very diverse economic power of the regions involved. Innovation and industrial change as well as access to education and labour markets are therefore core areas of the Programme towards a more competitive and social Danube region. It is also important to exploit the potential of culture and tourism for regional development. Greater use of renewable energies in the energy and transport sectors, adaptation to climate change, and protection of the Danube and the environment are also addressed. In addition, capacity-building for better governance and cooperation is an important issue, given the fragmentation into many national and regional administrative units.
The Danube Transnational Programme supports projects concerning the following four priorities:
A more competitive and smarter Danube Region
A greener, low-carbon Danube Region
A more social Danube Region
A better cooperation governance in the Danube Region
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. Examples of partners eligible for funding under the Danube Transnational Programme:
As the second macro-regional EU strategy adopted by the European Commission in 2010 and endorsed by the European Council in 2011, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a European regional policy instrument. The aim of the Strategy is to strengthen the Danube region through better connectivity, environmental protection and the development of prosperity by promoting cross-border bilateral and multilateral cooperation between institutions in the Danube region. The Interreg Danube Transnational Programme is one of the most important funding programmes bringing the Strategy into life. But also other national and EU programmes are used to this end.
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