EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Frequently Asked Questions

9. How could other states in the region, non-EU members yet, benefit from this Strategy?

The third-states in the region will be directly involved in developing this Strategy, as they belong to the Danube area. We cannot make this Strategy successful without their participation. As a document, the Danube Strategy will be approved as part of the European Union’s decision-making process, because the Strategy is an internal one, referring to several Community policies.

10. What are the mechanisms ensuring the coherence of this project and its integration into the other European policies and strategies?

These mechanisms will be defined by the European Commission in dialog with the riparian states, including Romania.

11. How can local authorities, citizens, civil society get involved?

They can take part in the process of public consultation, can be active and influence governmental decisions through their action, can provide feedback both in the research phase – in the case of important projects – and by sending their own studies, local programmatic documents, proposals for concrete projects or strategies focused on the Danube area. Their support will be extremely useful and will demonstrate that the internal dialog, at all levels, is effective and efficient. Those contributions will be analyzed and, depending on their coherence, importance and complexity, can become part of the EU Strategy for the Danube region.

In the end, the Danube Strategy must be a strategy of the European citizen.

12. Will the Danube Strategy contribute to the development of the towns and villages in the Danube area? What would be the benefits for them?

The development opportunities are provided, first of all, by the possibility to sustain investments conducive to economic growth, by capitalizing on the tourism potential, increasing social cohesion and creating new jobs. The projects to be developed and implemented under this Strategy will help ensure a sustainable development, the aim being to strike a balance between economic growth and protection of the environment and implicitly biodiversity.