The Interact Programme is organising a Meeting of Transport Coordinators (water and land) of the all four EU macro-regional strategies (14-15 March, Hotel Slon, Ljubljana, Slovenia).

This is the first time this kind of thematic meeting is organised across macro-regional strategies. The event announcement is available on the Interact Programme website here

The registration is open until 6 March.

For your participation, you are kindly invited to register to the event here (or by copying the web address to your browser






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Priority Area Coordinator 10, City of Vienna, together with EuroVienna (affiliated entity to the City of Vienna) are responsible for the implementation of the Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) which aims at supporting strategic projects in the Danube region. Interested applicants can propose their ideas to the Priority Area Coordinators of the EUSDR until mid-February 2017. PACs can forward up to 5 applications per Priority Area (PA) which they find most relevant for their PA and the Danube Strategy as a whole.

For more information visit the webpage of PA10:



“Universities for EU Projects”

Project financed as mobility project for traineeship for higher education students - KA1 Erasmus+ 2015 and 2016


A new call is open to assign more then 100 grants of mobility for traineeship within the project “Universities for EU Projects”. The period of the mobility is between the 15th March and the 31st December 2017, for duration between 2 and 9 months.

Trainees will develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of EU ‘Project Planning’ and implement activities related to on-going projects. The participation is therefore open to students in Communications, Marketing, International business, EU law, Engineering, Languages, IT, and any other relevant fields.

If you wish to host one or more trainees in the due period, please read the project Call for Hosts, fill in the Annex 1 and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 5th February.

The database will be accessible from the 8th February.

The project is led by SEND Sicily and implemented together with EuGen as Intermediary Organization. It is financed under Erasmus + Programme KA1 and offers mobility grants to students from a consortium of 9 main Italian Universities.

There are no costs for host organizations; trainees receive a grant from the project and insurance from their University.

The matching between students and host organization is organized as follows: eligible students will access EuGen database with host organizations’ profiles to choose their favourite ones and put forward their candidatures. Consequentially, you will have the chance to arrange a Skype call interview with the candidates that you select. In addition to this, you will have direct access to EuGen database to view the students’ profiles.

More info:


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The pilot initiative START Danube Region Project Fund was initiated by Priority Area 10 of the EUSDR to provide small grants in form of seed money for the development and implementation of projects in the Danube Region. It was implemented in the period 2014 – 2016. A total of 48 projects were implemented, with project size ranging from just below 16.000 € to approx. 68.000 €, and START grant per project ranging from 9.970 € to 39.600 €. The projects were implemented by transnational partnerships in the Danube Region, and covered a wide range of topics, from flood protection measures to Roma integration. As a common element, all projects featured a macro-regional impact and pursued objectives or tackled challenges of the EUSDR.

After 3 successful years of implementation and independent evaluation has been conducted to summarise the main results of START, its effectiveness and sustainability. The report (download in PDF format below) aims at analysing the performance of the START initiative in relation to its original objectives and targets and to make its strengths and weaknesses visible, and at enabling future initiative replications and follow-up initiatives to build on the lessons learned.

Read more on the topic here.



The Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organise on 31 January 2017 the kick-off session for the DTP project „Learning by Doing - Targeted capacity building of VET partnerships in the Danube Region for the effective modernization of VET systems” and focused on support of economic growth and competitiveness with help of work-based learning in VET. The event will also serve as a Working Group meeting for Vocational Education and Training of EUSDR Priority Area 8 - Competitiveness.

The Open Seminar’s main goal is to focus on the complex issue of VET transition towards a more demand-driven, company-based vocational education with the help of international and national VET experts:

  • overview of VET from an EU perspective
  • roles and responsibilities of the VET actors
  • main bottlenecks and successes of implementation and sensitisation of VET transition
  • supply and demand for skilled manpower
  • disparity of skills and market needs, shortage of and mismatch between skills and qualifications

The event will be organized on the premises of Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (99 Krisztina krt., H-1016 Budapest, Hungary)

on 31 January, 2017 from 9.00 - 14.00

The event will be organised in English (no translation)

Please register until 17 January 2017 via


From 1.1.2017 the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) took over the role of Priority Area Coordinator on behalf of Slovenia for PA 10 (Institutional Capacity & Cooperation). The CEP was founded in 2006 by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to assists the countries of the Western Balkans and other countries which share a European perspective, in their efforts to join the European Union (EU) by transferring Slovenian best practices, experiences and practical know-how.

CEP´s dedicated Project Managers Ms Nina Čepon and Ms Ingrid Omahna will be working closly together with PA 10´s Austrian coordinators from the City of Vienna, focusing their efforts on facilitating wider participation of young people, raising awareness on the importance of coordination in the Danube region, searching for solutions for better collaboration on local and regional levels as well as capacity building of actors and structures of the civil society.

More info:



The European Commission adopted the first ever single report on the implementation of the four existing European Union (EU) macro-regional strategies: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region ((COM(2016)805)).

The report provides an assessment of the state of implementation of the current strategies and takes stock of the main results achieved to date. It draws lessons from the experience gained so far and presents a number of recommendations on possible developments of the strategies and their action plans, also in the light of the future cohesion policy. The report is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Document which provides more detailed information concerning the state of implementation of each macro-regional strategy, as well as specific recommendations.

More information (including the full text of the report and the Staff Working document) is available here:



Pécs Writers Program is searching for resident programs or literary houses as future partners for either bi- or multilateral projects. The program was founded in 2007 with the aim of bringing authors together from the whole Danube Region and in the past 10 years it hosted more than 70 authors from Europe, USA, Japan and China. In the recent years they have established fruitful exchanges with ULNÖ Krems (Austria), Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus Schwandorf (Germany), Port Cultural Cetate (Romania) and with the upcoming European Capital of Culture cities (Pilzen,Wroclaw, Pafos). They regualry take part at the Danube Cultural Conference and their authors were guests at the Donau Lounge in several bookfairs (Vienna, Lemberg/Lviv). If your organisation would like to join this expanding regional network get in touch with the organisers.

Károly Méhes – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +36309971032

Enikő Kulcsár – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +36309505115



for 2 Internship positions at the Danube Strategy Point in Brussels 

The Danube Strategy Point (DSP) was established in 2015 by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the State of Baden-Württemberg, which is hosting the DSP in its offices in Brussels. Our main mission is improving the implementation process of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and enhancing and strengthening the cooperation and interaction between various stakeholders in the region, including 9 EU member states and 5 non-member countries.  

The internship training period involves gaining work experience at the DSP where interns can put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their studies. Interns will be under the supervision of the Head of the DSP or an assigned Senior Officer. Daily responsibilities will depend on the applicant’s background, involving carrying out desktop research as well as contributing to organisational tasks.

Selection criteria: Interested applicants from the 14 programme countries of the Danube Strategy are invited to apply. The internship programme is open to students who are enrolled at higher education institution or other graduate programme preferably with specialization in an area relevant to the work of the organisation. The working language of the DSP is English, but knowledge of additional languages of the Danube region would be an advantage.

Please note that applicants from non-EU countries will have to apply for a type-B work permit (more information available here).

Envisaged starting date: January 2017 

Duration period: 3 months

Allowances: A contribution of EUR 450 per month towards living costs will be paid by the DSP. Applicants who live outside of Belgium are eligible for reimbursement of a return ticket between the place of internship (Brussels) and their country of residence.

How to apply: Applications are now closed (14/12/2016)

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) has devoted its 9th Annual Conference to opening direct channels of discussion on experiences, methodologies and innovative practices in the process of optimization of public administration in the Western Balkans. ReSPA has chosen this topic so as to help demystify optimization as one of most important mechanisms for pushing public administration reforms towards creation of more rational, transparent and accountable services for the citizens of this region. The expected impact of the ReSPA's Annual Conference is initiation of a more permanent experience exchange and concrete follow-up activities related to the systemic changes needed for effective optimization of public administration.

Conference video link for 15th November:

Conference video link for 16th November:


Twitter: #ReSPAconf; @ReSPA_EU

Joint Statement of Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation of the participating countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Bratislava, 3 November 2016

We, the Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation of the participating countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (hereinafter referred to as „EUSDR“) met on 3 November 2016, at the occasion of the 5th Annual Forum of the EUSDR taking place in Bratislava, and agreed on the following statement.

We express our commitment to continue providing political support to the Research and Innovation activities carried out at national and regional level, with a specific focus on the macro-regional and transnational level. We agree to reinforce the alignment of funding from all relevant sources, to develop and support existing funding coordination mechanisms, enhance international cooperation, promote investment in human capital, minimize brain drain while ensuring brain circulation, strive to bridge the innovation divide and promote smart specialisation strategies.

We underline that, with its cross-cutting nature, Research and Innovation stimulates development in many other sectors, offering new knowledge, approaches and practices.

We acknowledge the work done and efforts made by the EUSDR stakeholders to promote Research and Innovation in the countries of the region. Education, science, research, innovation and the overall development of a knowledge-based society count among the most important challenges and key priorities in the region, therefore, they are in the centre of attention of the EUSDR strategy. We call upon all the stakeholders – the European Commission, national and transnational authorities, universities, academies of sciences and other public and private research institutions – to continue in their efforts in these areas.

We acknowledge that the support to Research and Innovation from the European Structural and Investment Funds (hereinafter referred to as „ESIF”) and Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) has become a priority in a number of countries and these efforts should continue throughout the current ESIF period 2014-2020. We emphasise in this context that relevant legislation lays down the obligation for the Operational Programmes to contribute towards the implementation of macro-regional strategies, wherever applicable. Nevertheless, it is necessary to implement this objective and continue searching for possibilities to fund Research and Innovation activities from ESIF and other sources. In this respect, the Danube Transnational Programme with its prior concern to develop and test new approaches in order to meet actual challenges represents an important, but not the only instrument for the EUSDR.

We agree that mobilising adequate financial resources to increase the quality of Research and Innovation in the Danube countries plays a crucial role, especially in the less developed parts of the Danube region. To this end, Danube region countries shall focus on development of Research and Innovation funding coordination mechanisms and support already existing initiatives which enable coordinating national efforts and resources of involved / interested regions. Furthermore, a better use of available funding should be aimed at. This would enhance the countries' further integration into the European Research Area and foster multilateral cooperation in Research and Innovation.

Cooperation in the framework of the European Research Area and international cooperation, even beyond the geographical reach of the Danube region, is of fundamental importance. We thus stress the importance of international cooperation among universities, academies of sciences and other research institutions and stakeholders. Practical implementation of the transfer of innovation and technologies is one of the highest priorities for us. It is crucial for the mutual benefit of the stakeholders in the Danube region.

We acknowledge that human capital, such as scientists, researchers and other experts working in the field of Research and Innovation are the most important assets in making the Danube region more competitive within Europe and on the global scale. Sufficient financial support for scientists and researchers should be ensured to promote investment into human potential and capacity building through research, education and training in the Danube region. Loss of talented researchers and scientists represents a special challenge in many Danube region countries. Researchers and scientists often leave their countries, finding better working conditions abroad. Such brain drain deteriorates the situation and diminishes the number of researchers in the region. We highlight that specific attention has to be paid to the support of young researchers. The responsible authorities at national and transnational level shall envisage to: motivate young talented researchers and help them develop their ideas through sustainable and effective funding schemes, create an appropriate research environment enabling sustainable career trajectories and ensure a work-life balance, also taking into consideration the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers presented at the informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation in Bratislava on 19 July 2016.

Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation represent a concept which helps concentrate effort and resources on specific areas where Europe and its countries and regions can take the lead on the global competitive market. In some Danube countries/regions, these strategies have already defined areas where the scientific and research institutions can be particularly efficient and effective. We therefore support further development and implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategies in the entire Danube region, as well as mutual exchange of achievements among partner states and institutions.

Following the meeting of Ministers for Research and Innovation in the Danube Region held on 8-9 July 2012 in Ulm which called for a targeted use of opportunities available for the support of Research and Innovation programmes and instruments, identification of areas in which a Danube region can benefit from smart specialisation and building on results of the feasibility study of the Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund, we agreed today on the following steps:

  • To enhance coordination of national efforts in the Danube region by fostering multilateral cooperation leading towards the implementation of concrete joint funding actions for Research and Innovation activities, such as supporting the Danube Funding Coordination Network established in May 2016 to advance these activities;
  • To support innovation and technology transfer in order to provide for mutual benefits within the EUSDR region in the areas of promotion, development, dissemination, protection, transfer, licensing and commercialisation of technology and innovation in the Danube region;
  • To promote investment into human potential and capacity building in the Danube region through research, education and training by giving support to young researchers, raising attractiveness of scientific career via mobility schemes, innovative research approaches, and interdisciplinary scientific work as well as developing or further supporting instruments aiming to minimize brain drain while ensuring brain circulation in the region;
  • To support further the development and implementation of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation and foster networking and capacity building activities concerning the implementation of these strategies in the entire Danube region;
  • To allocate sufficient resources and capacities for better coordination and governance of the EUSDR at national or regional levels in order to provide for the necessary political backing for its implementation;
  • To ensure continuous participation of experts from relevant ministries or public institutions in the steering groups and the respective working groups of the Priority Areas related to Research and Innovation.

On 13 October 2016 the European Commission´s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and the Danube Strategy Point organised a participatory workshop on the topic of "Measuring the added value of the EUSDR".

After five intensive years of implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) there is joint support from the participating countries as well as a strategic need for more substantiated review/evaluation of the results and added value of the EUSDR. With experts and key stakeholders the workshop took stock of the achievements of the strategies, identified challenges of measuring the results and how to better define them in the (macro-regional) strategy context.

photo participatory WS 13 Oct 2016