INTERACT has published a report on the added value of macro-regional strategies from the perspective of projects and programmes. The report looks at what’s in it for them and why they should be interested in contributing to the implementation of macro-regional strategies. The focus is on the two older strategies, in the Baltic Sea and Danube Region. The report presents 31 macro-regional project examples in the fields of research and innovation, environment, transport and navigation.

The report is available here.

More information: http://www.interact-eu.net/

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Cooperation on the Danube is continuous at a number of levels, with data collection and information exchange, the establishment of early warning systems, monitoring of water quality and a uniform methodology on emissions data; the joint setting up of project proposals and assisting in financing: all of these actions have served to mitigate the adverse impact on ecosystems across the basin.

The Danube case study from a Hungarian perspective is a positive example of how nested legal and institutional frameworks can merge into effective cooperation activities under key agreed objectives in relation to water quality.

Read the full report here.

Read the PA 4 case study here.

 

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Bericht „Governance im Bodenseeraum und anderen Grenzregionen“

von Thomas Radke, Internationale Bodensee Konferenz IBK

In diesem Bericht werden grundsätzliche Definitionen, Studien und Empfehlungen zur Governance von grenzüberschreitenden Regionen vorgestellt und daraus Schlussfolgerun-gen für die Analyse und Weiterentwicklung des Bodenseeraumes gezogen. Anschließend werden die genannten Grenzregionen im Hinblick auf ihre grundlegende Charakteristika, ihre Sekretariate/Geschäftsstellen, ihre Einbindung von BürgerInnen, ihre Kennzahlen und ihre strategischen Entwicklungen verglichen. Der Umbau der Kooperationsstrukturen am Oberr-hein und in der Großregion sowie der Umsetzungsstand des Zukunftsbildes 2020 der Groß-region aus dem Jahr 2003 werden dabei genauer betrachtet. Daran schließt eine Darstellung der Akteure und der Prozesse in der IBK und im Bodenseeraum an, die in konkreten Vor-schlägen zur Weiterentwicklung auf allen Ebenen des Handlungsraumes und zum Start in einen möglichen Prozess mündet. Das letzte Kapitel befasst sich mit einem Vergleich von grenzüberschreitenden Wissen-schafts-/Technologie- und Forschungsräumen:

  • Öresund (Skandinavien)
  • Top Technology Region / Eindhoven – Leuven – Aachen Triangle (TTR-ELAt)
  • Universität der Großregion
  • Trinationale Metropolregion Oberrhein
  • Centrope

Discussion paper by Tobias Chilla & Franziska Sielker, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


This year marks the 5th anniversary of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) endorsed in 2011 by the European Council. The cooperation’s main goals are to better connect the region, protect the environment, build prosperity and strengthen institutional capacity and security. After five years of implementation, it is time to take stock of the current achievements and question the role the EUSDR for the Danube region. This process is closely related to the question which role macro-regional strategies can take over in the wider EU framework and how they can be better linked to Cohesion Policies and other territorial cooperation formats.

The paper was discussed in detail by EUSDR stakeholders at a participatory workshop in Brussels on 13 October 2016.

Read the consolidated version here: MEASURING THE ADDED-VALUE OF THE EUSDR - Chilla & Sielker - Discussion paper

 

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Case Study: Water Quality Cooperation in the Danube Region - A Hungarian Perspective

by Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper, Danube Region Strategy, Priority Area Water Quality Coordination Team


Cooperation on the Danube is continuous at a number of levels, with data collection and information exchange, the establishment of early warning systems, monitoring of water quality and a uniform methodology on emissions data; the joint setting up of project proposals and assisting in financing: all of these actions have served to mitigate the adverse impact on ecosystems across the basin.

This Danube case study from a Hungarian perspective is a positive example of how nested legal and institutional frameworks can merge into effective cooperation activities under key agreed objectives in relation to water quality.

The need for clean drinking water, the threat of floods and the risk of water scarcity or industrial spills are everyday problems which influence the life of citizens living in the region. It is the intent of Hungary to strengthen regional cooperation further in this area and to play a central role in the framework of a constructive partnership in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and its Priority Areas for Water Quality (PA4) and Environmental Risks (PA5).

Read the full study here: Case Study: Water Quality Cooperation in the Danube Region - A Hungarian Perspective