The Transport Ministers of the countries of  the Danube region  gathered in Brussels, on December 3rd, 2018, upon invitation of EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc to reinforce their commitment to an effective navigation status of the Danube and its navigable tributaries.

The Danube Transport ministers of 10 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine) adopted the “Conclusions on effective waterway infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance on the Danube and its navigable tributaries”. The decision was taken to strengthen in 2019 and beyond the implementation of the Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan developed by the EUSDR Priority Action 1A, in order to meet the targets fixed by the existing international legal framework.

More details here.

The objective of this study is to implement the EU strategy on Green Infrastructure within the area of the EUDSR and thus to support the objective of a Transnational Network of Green Infrastructures (TEN-G).

For further details the entire report of the study may be downloaded from:

The Third call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme will be open soon. The 3rd call leaflet can be downloaded here.

Thematic seminars addressing the topics open for the Third call will be organised in the coming weeks. More information is found here.

The third call for proposals will be open to the Specific Objectives 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2 and 4.1 and restricted to some topics for the other SOs according to this table.

The opening of SO 4.1 for the Third call is subject to the approval of the programme budget reallocation by the EC.

More information about the call procedure and all relevant documents are available here.


The 4th International stakeholder conference entitled “The Danube Region Transport Days 2018” will be held on 4 and 5 December 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The event aims to bring together transport community to exchange and share their experiences, results and ideas on all aspects of transport in the Danube macro-region. It is a platform aiming at strengthening cooperation between transport stakeholders in the Danube macro-region in order to jointly address the challenges associated with implementation of existing transport policy activities.

The conference is organised by Priority area 1b "To improve mobility and multimodality − rail, road and air links" with support of EIRE- EuroRAP and UNECE.

More information about the event can be found here.



EU-funded projects on tourism, cultural heritage and arts, bike routes and wellness resorts are among the highlights of an interactive Story Map on tourism in the Danube region, launched by the European Commission's Joint Reasearch Institute at the 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on 18th October 2018 in Sofia.

It is an innovative way of displaying various datasets linked to various policy issues in an accessible and attractive way. It takes the viewer on a journey along the Danube river and the countries it borders and flows through.

The Story Map gives a snapshot of the rich heritage of the Danube region and the potential of its tourism economy. It also allows users to learn about the cultural heritage initiatives supported by the EU in the region and the links between cultural and natural heritage.

As said by Commissioner Navracsics in his speech, the Story Map "showcases our beautiful Danube region and also gives an overview of some of the main challenges facing it."

See the Danube region Story Map here.

Routes4U meeting for the Danube Region

The first Routes4U meeting for the Danube Region (EUSDR) will take place on 6 November 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting will contribute to identify the regional needs of the Danube Region with regard to the Cultural Routes Programme in the framework of the Routes4U Project.

It will determine areas of cooperation and recommendations on regional development, social participation and cultural cooperation in the Danube Region. One dedicated session will focus on strengthening the existing Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and developing new ones.

Participants to the meeting include representatives from European Institutions, National and Regional bodies, Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks as well as experts and stakeholders in socio-cultural and economical fields related to the Danube Region.

The event is hosted by the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.

Registration deadline: 22th October

More information:



Danube Strategic Project Fund Networking Event, 31 October 2018, Vienna

We kindly invite you to the Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) Networking Event:

31st October 2018 City Hall of Vienna, Austria 9:30 – 16:30

At the Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) Networking Event, the DSPF projects are presented to an interested public.

The DSPF funds 12 projects from the different thematic fields covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Besides the projects' outputs, the event joins stakeholders from both the Danube Region and the Adriatic Ionian Region to discuss topics such as sustainability, youth involvement and civil society participation in the EU Macro-Regions.

The preliminary program and technical details are available for download.

Participation at this public event is free of charge.

Register for the event until October 5th 2018!


On behalf of the Priority Area 8 of the EUSDR in joint cooperation with Biopro, the Lead Partner of the project “DanuBioValNet”, hereby we would like to invite you to the event “Tourism meets Bioeconomy”. The event will take place within the frame of Annual Forum of the EUSDR on 18th October 2018, 9:00 – 12:00, in Sofia.



For more information and registration please follow this link:

We are looking forward to meet you in Sofia!

In the framework of its Enlargement & Integration Initiative, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is offering pre-paid travel and accommodation to researchers/experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to participate in the 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, taking place on 18-19 October 2018 in Sofia/Bulgaria. The support covers travel and accommodation expenses and will be granted on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Scientific and professional achievements (in particular related to culture, tourism, role new technologies and digitalization in tourism, ensuring safety and security in tourism, transport connectivity and mobility, regional and macro-regional growth);
  • Number and quality of scientific and professional publications;
  • Number and quality of projects and activities (related to the Danube macro-region) the applicant has participated in and on-going projects and actions.

To apply please send, before 6 September 2018 to the following address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • your biography (not more than two pages), a motivation letter including a list of scientific and professional publications and a list of projects and activities (related to the Danube macro-region) you have participated in and on-going projects and actions.


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

The registration for the 7th Annual Forum of the Danube Strategy is now open. All interested participants are kindly invited to register on the event’s website

Jointly organised by Bulgaria and the European Commission, the 7th Annual Forum will be held on 18 & 19 October 2018 in Sofia (at the National Palace of Culture). As a key event of the 2018 EUSDR Presidency, the Annual Forum will focus on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion.

The Forum will cover topics of particular importance for the Danube region related to preservation of cultural and historical heritage, new technologies and digitalization in tourism sector, ensuring safety and security in tourism, transport connectivity and mobility. Issues related to synergy and consistency between macro-regional strategies for achieving the common objectives of the EU and for the future of those strategies after 2020 will also be referred to. Two parallel thematic sessions on sustainable tourism mobility and security in public spaces and an open-air exhibition have been scheduled as well.

More information about the Forum’s content, including detailed agenda, list of moderators and panellists, as well as practical information, are available on the event’s website: Due to the expected high interest to the event, we recommend to register as soon as possible.

On 17 October 2018, Priority Area 10, the Danube Civil Society Forum and the Citizens Participation Forum in Bulgaria organize the 5th Danube Participation Day in Sofia, back to back with the EUSDR Annual Forum.

This year’s Danube Participation Day focuses on the topic “Expanding Civic Spaces – Participation Strategies in the Danube Region” and addresses strategies for cooperation and participation in regional development and public governance for local actors and civil society.

The registration is now open. Please register at the following link:

Project promoters are encouraged to take an active part in the programme by sending a short video about their initiative/project/project idea to join the All Danube Speed Dating Panel (Exhibition Space) in the afternoon. The applicants with submitted videos will receive extra visibility during the 5th Danube Participation Day.

For more information on this and the 5th Danube Participation Day, please visit:

EuroAccess is a central online information point on EU funding opportunities in the Macro-Regions. It disseminates the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the Macro-Regional Strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others.

EuroAccess has supported project ideas in the Danube Region since 2016. Due to the success of the pilot initiative, this service has now been expanded


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EuroAccess Macro-Regions launched on June 25th 2018! Visit the website

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