EU Strategy for the Danube Region
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 on April 13, 2011 (Council Conclusions). The Commission coordinates the Strategy at the policy level, assisted by a High Level Group.
The High Level Group (HLG) on macro-regional strategies is made up of official representatives from all EU Member States. The Commission consults the HLG for modifications to the Strategy and the action plan, as well as for reports and monitoring. The HLG also addresses policy orientation and prioritisation.
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. Each Priority Area is jointly coordinated by two participating countries (or regions), who work in consultation with the Commission, relevant EU agencies and regional bodies. Research and Innovation are covered by Priority Area 7 in coordination also with Priority Area 8.
The Danube Region Strategy addresses a wide range of issues based on the existing challenges; these are divided among 4 pillars and 11 priority areas. Danube-INCO.NET analysed the priority areas and the relevance of "research and innovation" in their work. Please refer to the glossary entry about the Priority Areas of EUSDR. Each priority area is managed by 2 Priority Area Coordinators (PACs).
The Priority Area Coordinators (PACs) ensure the implementation of the Action Plan defined for the Priority Area by agreeing on planning, with targets, indicators and timetables, and by making sure there is effective cooperation between project promoters, programmes and funding sources. They also provide technical assistance and advice. You can find the list of PACs along with their contact information on the Contact PACs & NCPs page. To find out more about the role of PACs, please see Governance.
The National Contact Points (NCPs) coordinate and keep an overview of the participation of their country in the implementation of the EUSDR including all 11 Priority Areas. The role of the NCP is to promote the Strategy and inform relevant stakeholders on the national level of key developments. You can find the list of NCPs along with their contact information on the Contact PACs & NCPs page.
Source and more information: http://www.danube-region.eu