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Bringing the EU Strategy for the Danube Region to life

Start: 24 Apr Ende

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Dear participant of the discussion on the EUSDR,

we thank you very much for your willingness to take part. Your contributions will help us to make better recommendations on how the EU Strategy for the Danube Region can be better brought to life.

Below you can find a series of statements which came out of focus groups (moderator-led discussions) with representatives from all the countries of the Danube Region. We would like to ask you to vote on the statements by clicking on the respective icons on the right of the statements. We would be especially happy if you could also comment on the statements or make further suggestion. Besides you, we invited a series of other experts. We hope that from your comments and those from the other participants a lively discussion will arise.

The statements below refer mainly to the catching-up countries of the Danube Region which are basically the non-German speaking countries. Thus, if you encounter terms like “the countries” or “the eastern countries” then this refers to the non-German speaking area of the Danube Region.

The statements are summarised in five broad sections. The first relates to the problems with project identification and implementation. In the second criteria for projects are mentioned and the third covers comments on the EUSDR in general. Then we also have extracted thematic fields and concrete projects from the focus group (Section 4 and 5).

You will note that the statements are not necessarily consistent. This is intended in order to present the different views for the specific topic.

More information about the project can be found here. The final report is available here



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The EUSDR can be improved by:

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  • Creating a high-level body , e.g. of the heads of government of the countries of the Danube Region, which meets on a regular basis in order to discuss topics related to the Danube Region and also take decisions regarding the problems of the Danube Region.
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  • Creating a managerial team for the implementation of the strategy
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  • Improving the transparency of the selection criteria for projects and the efficiency in selecting the projects
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  • Installing a system of impact measurement
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  • Better communication
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  • There are enormous disparities between the countries of the Danube Region in terms of standard of living (GDP), innovation and technology levels. This makes cooperation tricky because the different subregions have different needs. It is also difficult to identify common interests for interregional projects.
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  • Some countries do not feel part of primarily the Danube Region. They are oriented towards other areas of Europe. (For example, the Czech Republic is generally oriented to the Western European countries and maybe also the Visegrad countries. Slovenia feels to be more part of the Adriatic Region.) It is difficult to integrate these countries in the strategy if the Danube is used as identification criterion. The integration of these countries must come through the identification of common interests.
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  • The Danube Strategy can help to remove borders. Not just borders in the real world but also borders in people’s minds. The real potential of the strategy lies in the removal of barriers in regulation, transportation or other fields. The Danube Strategy can give an incentive to look outside the own country for best practices.
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  • Best outcome of the Danube Strategy would be the development and connection of communities of practice.
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Obstacles for more transregional/international cooperation in the Danube Region are:

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  • A too strong focus of agents on nations rather than on regions
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  • Lack of trust
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  • Lack of political will
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  • The Danube Strategy helps the non-EU member states to recognise what their former communist peer countries did in order to become EU member states.
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  • The Danube Strategy can be a means in order to foster the knowledge transfer between the more developed countries and the less developed countries of the Danube Region.
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  • The central role for the Danube Strategy is to establish cross-border clusters as this can help to overcome common problems and increase efficiency.
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4 Thematic fields

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