EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the Danube Strategy mean/how can it be defined?

The Danube Strategy is the second format of macro-regional cooperation within the European Union, after the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region, which was passed at the European Council of October 2009.

The aim of the Danube Strategy is to ensure the economic, social and cultural development of the states and regions lying in the hydrographic basin of the river, while meeting the environment protection requirements.

The Danube Strategy will be developed by the European Commission, in partnership with the riparian states, and will be implemented, most probably, starting 2011. The Danube Strategy practically translates into a Communication of the European Commission – a document of political commitment – and in a Plan of Action, which represents the concrete, technical component, setting forth proposed goals, priority actions and projects which will then be updated periodically.

2. What is Romania’s role in the process of development of this Strategy?

Romania is co-initiator of the Danube Strategy, alongside Austria.

Romania will contribute to the development of the EU Strategy, along with all the other riparian states, on the basis of a national position defined by an interministerial working group set up for this purpose. Government and local authorities, research institutes, representatives of the civil society, academia and the business environment will take part in the public debate on this issue. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide coordination at national level in this domain.

3. How does Romania benefit from this project?

There will be multiple benefits:

  • Modernization: The EU Strategy is a project which will help, first and foremost, the economic, social and cultural development of countries in the Danube area. Implicitly, this development will also benefit other regions of the country, the EU and the region, as a result of economic exchanges, joint projects, etc.
  • Increasing the living standards: the Danube Strategy will help create jobs and develop business projects;
  • Environment protection: it will be created the possibility to develop projects which will contribute to environment protection and reduce the risks of natural disasters (e.g. projects to prevent flooding or desertification).
  • Consolidation of regional cooperation among the riparian states: this way, Romania contributes to the development of the European project. This is proof of our added value within EU. We keep our political commitments made earlier and come up with proposals which benefit all European citizens.