The Danube Summit (Bucharest, 8 November 2010)

EU Strategy for the Danube

By the end of this year the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is to be completed, as a genuine European regional development model, based on an initiative launched by Romania and Austria in 2008.

The Danube Strategy will be an internal EU strategy where riparian third-states are invited to participate. The strategy will comply with the three principles that also apply to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The four pillars proposed by the European Commission for the Strategy to focus on are: connectivity (sustainable transportation and energy networks), protection of the environment and water resources and risk management; social-economic development (culture, education, tourism, rural development) and improvement of governance  (capacity building and internal security).

The European Commission organized public consultations, including conferences, seminars and round-table conferences in all the riparian countries. The consultations led to development by the European Commission and then the presentation, in partnership with the riparian states, of a Communication on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region as well as of an Action Plan. The latter will include a detailed analysis of the current situation and will propose lines of action exemplified by project types to be implemented on the short/medium or long term. The European Commission will monitor the implementation of the Action Plan which is to be updated periodically, depending on how the economic situation and social trends in the region evolve.

At home, Romania’s contribution to developing the strategy is a result of cooperation between the following governmental institutions: the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Transports and Infrastructure, Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Department for European Affairs, Ministry of the Environment and Forests, Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Business Environment, Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of the Administration and Interior, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports. The Foreign Ministry provides interagency coordination of participation in developing the Strategy.

Various events organized by the European Commission jointly with the riparian states have taken place in: Germany (Opening Conference of the public consultation process, Ulm, 1-2 February 2010), Hungary (Conference on economic and social development and the Danube Summit, Budapest, 25-26 February 2010, at the level of Prime Ministers of the Danube region states), Austria – Slovakia (Conference in Vienna and Bratislava on Connectivity, on 20-21 April 2010), Bulgaria (Seminar on development of capacity building and good governance, Ruse, 10-11 May 2010), and Romania (Closing Conference of the public consultation process, 9-11 June 2010, Constanta).