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Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020

  • Posted on: 20.03.2015
  • Abbreviation: Danube 2014-2020

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On 17th December 2013 the EU Cohesion policy package 2014-2020 was finally adopted following two years of negotiation between the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. Thus six new EU regulations came into live, defining the conditions for investing EUR 325,15 billion to support a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. Among these was Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 relating to the European Regional Development Fund and the European Territorial Cooperation Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013. These are the regulations setting the rules for the three new programmes succeeding South East Europe programme in the next seven years: ADRION, Balkan-Mediterranean, and Danube.

The Danube Transnational Programme (2014-2020) is built around four thematic priority axes:

  • Innovative and socially responsible Danube region;

  • Environment and culture responsible Danube region;

  • Better connected and energy responsible Danube region;

  • Well-governed Danube region.

The programme will invest EUR 202,3 million from the ERDF and EUR 19,8 million from IPA II for transnational projects in the Danube basin territory. Eligible partners will, therefore, come from 8 EU countries - Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany (only Baden-Württemberg and Bayern), Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia; and 5 non-EU countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, part of Ukraine.

The Danube Transnational programme launched early 2015 a provisional partner search tool, which applicants can use until the programme?s website is developed.

Guidance on the eligible transnational activities and expected outputs can be found in the latest version of the operational programme text.

The final version will be the one endorsed by the European Commission, which is envisaged to happen in mid 2015.


Other documents that can provide useful information are:

- Territorial Analysis;

- Scoping report for the programme evaluation assessment in accordance with Article 5(4) of the SEA Directive;

- Danube programme presentation at the SEE Annual event 2014.

The preparation of the operational programme documents is in the hands of the Programming Committee (PC), which comprises representatives of each partner country. The PC engages in dialogue with relevant stakeholders like the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), national level instituions, etc. PC members subcontracted the drafting of the operational programme and the ex-ante & environmental assessment to external experts. Nevertheless, they will be the one approving the final version of the documents before submission to the European Commission. More on the work of the Danube PC can be found here.

The staffing of the Joint Secretariat for the Danube Programme has already begun. While the full team is not in place yet, future beneficiaries can find a first point of contact in the face of the Danube Communication Officer, Mr. Eloy Gómez Girón: eloy.giron.gomez@ngm.gov.hu


A strategy to boost the development of the Danube Region was proposed by the European Commission on 8 December 2010 (Commission Communication - EU Strategy for the Danube Region). Member States endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region at the General Affairs Council on 13 April 2011 (Council Conclusions).

Although the geographical coverage of the Danube Transnational Programme matches the one of the EUSDR, these are two different instruments. The programme will certainly support cooperation projects in line with the strategy's action plan; however, this shall not be considered the main funding source for the strategy implementation. The programme does, nevertheless, envisage support for the strategy governance.

More information about the EUSDR:

- European Commission web site concerning the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

- EUSDR Official website: www.danube-region.eu

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