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!

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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.

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For more information and registration please follow this link: https://www.bio-pro.de/en/events/tourism-meets-bioeconomy/

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 https://www.7danube-forum-sofia.eu

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: https://www.7danube-forum-sofia.eu. 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: http://dcsf.danubestrategy.eu/pd5/node/548/register

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: http://dcsf.danubestrategy.eu/pd5/event/5th-danube-participation-day-%E2%80%93-expanding-civic-spaces-participation-strategies-danube-region

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 www.euro-access.eu.

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Save the date: 7th EUSDR Annual Forum, 18-19 October 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

In 2018 Bulgaria is the rotating Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (the Danube Strategy, EUSDR). As a key event of the 2018 EUSDR Presidency, Bulgaria and the European Commission are jointly organizing the 7th Annual Forum which will be held on 18 - 19 October 2018 in Sofia. The main focus of the event will be on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion.

The Annual 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.

The registration will open on 1 August 2018. More information about the Forum, including a detailed agenda and list of speakers as well as presentation topics will be available soon on the EUSDR website (www.danube-region.eu).

Within the frame of the Capitalization Strategy of the Danube Transnational Programme the coordinator of Pole 1, in close cooperation with the Priority Areas 8, 3 “Culture & tourism” and 7 “Knowledge Society” of the EUSDR, is organizing  a Cross-fertilisation Innovation and Technology Transfer Workshop on 24th of May 2018 in Bucharest. During the Workshop - with regard to the 7th Annual Forum of the EUSDR, which is going to take place in Sofia on 18 and 19 October 2018 - a special, thematic focus will put on tourism and digitalization.

The objective of the interactive workshop is to identify opportunities for further cooperation among the priority areas regards the thematic field “Innovation and Technology Transfer” as well as of Pole 1 of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (Innovative Ecosystems in SMEs). The findings of the interactive workshop will be presented at the 7th Annual Forum of the EUSDR.

Meeting Venue:

University “Politechnica“ Bucharest, SplaiulIndependentei no. 313, sector 6, Bucharest Hall: Central Library (http://www.library.pub.ro/) Room 2.2

Please note:  A registration is necessary to participate in the Cross-fertilisation Workshop. Participants who are interested are invited to register under the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For further information: https://www.danube-competitiveness.eu/news/cross-fertilisation-innovation-and-technology-transfer-workshop

Attachments:
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Trafficking in human beings (THB) is a complex phenomenon that is highly dependent on regional and local economic, social as well as cultural factors. Priority Area 10 is playing an active role in facilitating a discussion among experts, municipalities, cities and non-governmental organizations. Only common efforts can result in tangible steps for combating human trafficking and exploitation.

We are inviting you to join us at round table on 18 April 2108 that will take place at Jable castle, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Focus of discussion will be on strengthening the role of municipalities and cities in preventing & combating human trafficking & exploitation: The Importance of a coordinated and integrated approach. Experienced experts will share their insights and ideas for increased cooperation that would foster in more successful combating trafficking in human beings. These might facilitate future cooperation of interested stake-holders and stronger Danube region network.

Attachments:
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On 13 June 2017, the EU Strategy for Danube Region (EUSDR) National Coordinators have conferred the “EUSDR Strategic Project” status on nine projects, showcasing the successful progress, joint efforts and commitment of the Danube Region countries and relevant stakeholders in implementing the Strategy through projects.

This is the result of a collective effort led by the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) -- involving the key implementers of the EUSDR i.e. the Priority Areas Coordinators (PACs) and Steering Group Members, project promoters and ultimately the National Coordinators -- which aimed at identifying projects with high macro-regional impact benefitting the Danube Region and its EU Strategy.

The EUSDR Strategic Projects’ selection and validation process followed a bottom-up approach in line with the methodology and selection criteria set up in the Concept Paper for EUSDR Strategic Projects.

The overall process considered some 31 projects initially identified by five EUSDR Priority Areas which have decided to pursuing the status of “EUSDR Strategic Project” for selected projects in their respective areas, namely PA1a (Mobility Waterways), PA3 (Culture & Tourism), PA6 (Biodiversity & Landscapes), PA9 (People & Skills), and PA10 (Institutional Capacity). This pre-selection phase was followed by a comprehensive quality review conducted by the DSP which has led to the recommendation that nine projects meet the EUSDR strategic value and attributes defined in the Concept paper. This outcome was agreed upon and confirmed by the EUSDR National Coordinators during their meeting of 13 June 2017 in Budapest. Accordingly, the “EUSDR Strategic Project” status has been conferred on the following nine projects :

  1. FAIRway Danube - Coordinated deployment of the Fairway Rehabilitation & Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its Navigable Tributaries;

Overall Objective : to implement the "Fairway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan of the Danube and its navigable tributaries", attain and ensure good navigation conditions throughout the year by providing a minimum level of service.

Quick facts

- project duration : July 2015 - June 2020

- total budget       : 23,428,467.00 EUR (co-financing by CEF)

Website : http://www.fairwaydanube.eu/

 2. Danube STREAM - Smart, Integrated and Harmonized Waterway Management;

Overall Objective : to establish and maintain an efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation network (Danube and its navigable tributaries) by further developing effective waterway infrastructure management.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- total budget       : 2,108,661.42 EUR (co-financing by ERDF + IPA)

Website :  http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/danube-stream

3. Energy Barge - Building a Green Energy and Logistics Belt;

Overall objective : to exploit the potential for green energy in the form of biomass along the Danube river in a sustainable way, thereby increasing energy security and efficiency in the Danube countries, considering: the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC, the EU2020 climate goals, and the EUSDR’s objective.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- total budget       : 2,323,519.65 EUR (co-financing by ERDF)

Website : www.interreg-danube.eu/energy-barge

 4. DAPhNE - Danube Ports Network;

Overall Objective : to facilitate a balanced development of Danube Ports as eco-friendly, well accessible multimodal hubs for the transport system of the region, turning them into buzzing economic centres functioning as catalysts for economic growth and creation of high value jobs.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- total budget       : 2,985,406.15 EUR (co-financing by ERDF + IPA)

Website : www.interreg-danube.eu/daphne

 5. DANTE - Improving Administrative Procedures and Processes for Danube IWT;

Overall Objective : to identify and eliminate administrative barriers for inland waterway transport (IWT) on the Danube & its navigable tributaries as a joint initiative of the private sector and the national public authorities responsible for these barriers. “Same River – Same Rules !”.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- total budget       : 1,982,786.00 EUR (co-financing by ERDF + IPA)

Website : http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/dante

 6. Danube SKILLS - Increased institutional capacity in Danube navigation by boosting joint transnational competences and skills in education and public development services;

Overall Objective : to increase institutional and organisational capacity in the Danube Region by building-up joint transnational capacities for the education and public services providers in the inland navigation.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- budget               : 2,023,100.00 EUR (co-financing by ERDF + IPA)

Website : http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/danube-skills

 7. CultPlatForm_21 - Danube Culture Platform - Creative Spaces of the 21st Century;

Overall Objective : to establish an innovative multi-level policy framework benefitting the cultural routes in the Danube Region.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- budget               : 1,676,878.64 EUR (co-financing by ERDF + IPA)

Website : http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/cultplatform-21

 8. EDU-LAB - New Danubian Governance in Labour market relevance of higher education;

Overall Objective : to improve institutional capacities to increase the labour market relevance of higher education with a view to retain more young talents studying and working in the region. A new governance model will be developed with the goal to create a binding commitment by the “Danubian Charter for young talents”.

Quick facts

- project duration : January 2017 - June 2019

- budget               : 2,528,088.90 EUR (co-financing by ERDF + IPA)

Website : http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/edu-lab

 9. CrowdInno - Crowdfunding to drive regional Innovation;

Overall Objective : to establish innovation networks enabling the public sector to support SMEs, spin-offs and start-ups to access qualitative alternative financing (crowdfunding) and to exploit the resulting findings for more innovation in the Danube Region.

Quick facts

- project duration : April 2016 - April 2019

- budget               : 2,708,470.00 EUR

Website : https://www.keep.eu/keep/project-ext/42774/CrowdInno

 

 

12 July 2017 – Following his two-week-long journey, Pál Hidvégi-Üstös – the ultramarathoner who began his quest of cycling along both sides of the stretch of the Danube river in Hungary with a velocipede on June 27 – has at last returned to his point of departure, Szalkszentmárton.

The unique event was organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and served as a sort of teaser for the “70 marathons for the Danube” initiative, within the framework of which athletes will run along the entire stretch of the Danube. Coinciding with the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, this event was not only intended to raise awareness to the importance of safeguarding our rivers, but also to encourage their responsible use.

“In 14 days I cycled 750 kilometres, visited 98 municipalities and met with 46 mayors. I was received warmly in each place, and, whilst conveying the message of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, I had conversations concerning the environment, sustainability as well as the importance of the responsible use of our rivers. Many of the local authorities presented with pride the developmental progress they achieved in recent years relating to the Danube. The contribution of the Danube to the livelihoods of the people who reside along its banks was brought up on nearly each occasion, and naturally we also spoke of issues pertaining to tourism, transport and sport – including kayaking, canoeing, cycling and the importance of bike paths,” said Pál Hidvégi-Üstös, recalling his conversations with the representatives of the local authorities whom he visited on his journey.

“Despite the summer vacation, nearly 200 people joined me on my trip, some of whom were 5-year-old children and 75-year-old men and women. By proceeding along some busy roads, my velocipede attracted quite some attention; people tried out the ‘Methuselah of bicycles’ at nearly every municipality.”

Pál Hidvégi-Üstös intends to draw further attention to the objectives of the Strategy, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, by running along the entire stretch of the Danube – traversing 10 countries – this fall. The 3,200 kilometre run, which Pál will commence on September 17, will take approximately three months. Pál should arrive in Budapest on October 18, the day on which the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region commences.

 

KEP ITALY Call for Proposals 2017 (Deadline: 29 June)

The CEI has announced a new Call for Proposals for the CEI Know‐how Exchange Programme (KEP) ‐ ITALY. The projects will be co‐financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD, entirely financed by the Italian Government.

The CEI is a regional forum for cooperation and consultation, which promotes collaboration at political, economic and cultural level in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1989, the CEI currently counts 18 Member States (of which 13 are EUSDR countries): Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

The overall objective of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to the development of the CEI region, bolstering social cohesion and economic dynamism while strengthening cooperation between the CEI Member States. As outlined in the Plan of Action, the CEI is supporting the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies within its territory.

The overall indicative amount for this Call for Proposals is up to a maximum cumulative amount of 200,000 Euro (€ 200,000) that will be made available by the CEI Fund at the EBRD, entirely financed by the Italian Government.

The following types of applicants are eligible to apply: all public and private sector bodies (not individuals), international and non‐governmental organisations operating in the public interest, e.g. national, regional and local authorities, education/research institutions, and environmental organisations.

Applicants are requested to fill in and submit the Application Form and Budget Template by 29 June 2017, midnight CEST (GMT+2).

More information and related documents could be found on http://www.cei.int/content/kep-italy-call-proposals-2017-deadline-29-june