START evaluation questionnaire for EUSDR stakeholders and (potential) project promoters

Have you heard about the initiative START Danube Region Project Fund of Priority Area 10 of the EUSDR? What funding initiatives do you consider are currently most needed in the Danube Region?

The START seed money initiative of Priority Area 10 of the Danube Region Strategy is coming to an end. As a part of its evaluation, Danube Region stakeholders and project promoters are asked to express their views on current needs for funding initiatives via this online questionnaire:

START evaluation questionnaire:

The questionnaire will be open for responses until October 31st 2016.

Use this chance to give your feedback and help make future funding initiatives in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region even more suitable for your needs!

In 2016 Interact launched the study ‘Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)’. The study is implemented by Spatial Foresight GmbH.

One of the steps within the Study is to call upon a small focus group to test preliminary conclusions and recommendations made. Thus the aim of the focus group is to debate draft results of the Study and recommendations of how programmes and projects can make better use of the added value that macro-regional strategies offer to them. The focus group is scheduled for Thursday, 27 October 2016 to be held in Brussels. If you are interested, more information and the registration are available at:

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Kai Böhme (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr Erik Gløersen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


A Priority Area 11 Symposium on Document Management and Security of Travel Documents is taking place in the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 15-16 September.

Participants from 12 EUSDR states as well as experts from Lithuania and USA among others will discuss the current trends and challenges in the management of the travel documents and their security features.

Special focus will be put on secure organization of application proceedings, inl. quality requirements of biometrics, classical identity document security features and eID, planned improvements of visa and border control information systems in the EU and in the USA.

The event is jointly organized by the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria) and the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany).


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KEEP (Knowledge and Expertise in European Programmes) is a free, comprehensive and searchable database on Territorial Cooperation projects, project partners and programmes provided by InterAct. It is the only source of aggregated information regarding projects and beneficiaries of European Union programmes dedicated to cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation, including data on EU macro-regional strategies projects, and now containing 242 different projects in line with the EUSDR.

Besides the project data, KEEP also provides information on project beneficiaries and which Priority Area the projects are contributing to. The search can also be combined with all other criteria in KEEP selecting "only EUSDR projects" in "Macro-regional strategies" search criterion. The results can also be downloaded in excel format for further analysis.


Austria, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Slovakia are joining forces to support cross-border multilateral co-operation the Danube Region.

Using their existing bilateral agreements the countries have decided to launch a pilot call allowing researchers from at least three of these countries to work together through supporting the mobility of researchers among the participating countries to carry out joint research projects. In this regard, funding will be made available for visits and exchanges of scientists conducting joint research.

Aims of the call are:

  • To contribute to scientific advancement in the abovementioned countries by funding researchers’ mobility in the frame of joint research projects;
  • To contribute to research capacity development in the region;
  • To support the advancement of cross-border research cooperation; and
  • To provide an opportunity for young/female researchers in the abovementioned countries to cooperate in an international setting and to develop their scientific careers.

Deadline for project applications is the 30th of September 2016 and projects are expected to start in January 2017.

For the detailed application modalities please refer to the attached Call Guidelines (PDF).

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The Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (DG ECHO) organized a four-day scoping mission between 4-7th of July 2016 to Solotvino (Ukraine), where the abandoned and neglected salt mine poses a significant contamination threat of the Tisza River and also threatens the livelihoods of those living in the region. The five-member scoping mission team was made up of British, Finnish, French, Hungarian and Latvian experts.

A few years ago, a significant amount of salt concentrate was measured on the Hungarian section of the Tisza River, which gave the situation at Solotvino an important cross-border element. The current state of affairs at the site requires quick and efficient measures that will provide secure housing to those living in Solotvino, and will also mitigate the negative cross-border environmental consequences of the Tisza River contamination.

In coordination of the Secretariat for the Danube Region Strategy Ministerial Commissioner of Hungary, the disaster management services of Ukraine and Hungary have requested the support of the European Commission in January 2016, in order to comprehensively map out of the cross border environmental emergency situation at Solotvino. The abandoned salt mines continuously contaminate the Tisza River with unknown quantities of salt, while the residential buildings of the area are also under constant threat because of the quickly forming craters (some craters can reach depths of 110-120 meters, and can form in matter of hours).

As an immediate result of the scoping mission, a Terms of Reference has been created by the members of the mission, which outlines the need for immediate action in the area. The Hungarian EUSDR Secretariat – being the co-coordinator of PA4 and PA5 – will continue playing a significant role in finding a sustainable solution to this crisis.


The EuroAccess has helped users from the Danube Region to find EU funding opportunities for their project ideas since 2016. Now, EuroAccess has been expanded to support the ­­Baltic Sea Region, Adriatic-Ionian Region and Alpine Region as well.

Visit EuroAccess Macro-Regions!

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The 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be jointly organised by the European Commission and the Slovak Republic on 3 and 4 November 2016 in the premises of the Slovak National Theatrein Bratislava.

The forum entitled "Innovative Flows - Water, Knowledge and Innovation in the Danube Region" will focus on water management and research and innovation in the Danube region. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss the results and future of the strategy. Workshops of the 5th Annual Forum will cover issues such as water management, knowledge society, governance of the S trategy or links to the EU funds. The forum will also feature the "Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy" by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Registrations will open in September, please save the date already now.


Working Together for a Green, Competitive and Inclusive Europe

The EEA Agreement is the mainstay of the cooperation between Norway and the EU. The Agreement includes a common goal to work together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe. Norway contributes to this through the EEA and Norway Grants. For the period 2014-2021, Norway will provide approximately EUR 2.8 billion in support to 15 EU member states. The Grants are allocated to sectors that are crucial for development in the beneficiary country, and where there is potential for, and interest in, cooperation with Norway.

The five areas identified for funding under the Grants both supplement and complement the areas supported by the EU Cohesion Fund:

#1 Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
#2 Social inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon
#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights
#5 Justice and Home Affairs

Beneficiary states from the Danube Region (amounts received in million EUR):
Bulgaria: 210.1
Croatia: 103.4
Czech Republic: 184.5
Hungary: 214.6
Romania: 502.5
Slovenia: 37.7
Slovakia: 113.1

For more information visit


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Date: 23 & 24 June 2016
Venue: Vienna City Hall

Based on the new approach of the European Commission in the enlargement process: Fundamentals first, the conference will examine regional and national ‘best practices’ towards achieving the three pillars rule of law, economic governance and public administration reform.

High-level representatives from national, local and regional authorities in the Western Balkans and the Danube region as well as EU-member states will come together to identify practices and recommendations on how to best reform public administrations and improve policymaking procedures to foster good governance.

More info & registration at

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Job announcement for 2 /two/ vacant positions for experts at the Joint Technical Secretariat, Priority Area 3 “To Promote Cultureand Tourism, People to People Contacts” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, located in Rousse, Republic of Bulgaria

  1. I.General Job description for the position “expert” at the Joint Technical Secretariat:
  • The main responsibilities are related to drafting of reporting documents under project “Technical assistance for the Bulgarian coordinator of PA 3 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region”;
  • Providing Support to the activities carried out by the Bulgarian and Romanian coordinators;
  • Involvement in the preparation, carrying out and reporting of meetings and events under PA 3 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region;
  • Maintenance and updating of web site of PA3;
  • Initiate and participate in project proposals drafting.

Selection stages

  1. 1.Documents submission

The applicants shall submit via regular postal service or via e-mail the required documents. The deadline for submission of application is 17.30 on 07 June 2016, Sofia local time.

  1. 2.Documents Selection stage

Within 5 working days after deadline for submission of documents, a Commission appointed by a Minister of Tourism shall check the submitted by each applicant documents and shall announce the list of the admitted applicants for the second stage at the web site of the Ministry of Tourism, and it will be announced the date for interview.

  1. 3.Interview

The Commission appointed with an Ordinance of the Minister of Tourism shall have interview with candidates, shall evaluate them and announce a final ranking of selected applicants

  1. 4.Selection procedure results announcement

The final result from the selection procedure concerning ranking of applicants shall be announced on the web site of Ministry of Tourism

Job requirements

  • University degree (Bachelor is a must);
  • Professional experience in preparation and/or implementation of EU financed projects;
  • Very good English proficiency level;
  • Knowledge of second foreign language is considered as an advantage;
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region;
  • Experience with international organizations / partners;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and presentation skills;

Selection documents

  • Request for participation in the selection procedure (as per enclosed matrix);
  • Curriculum Vitae in Europass format;
  • Cover letter;
  • Copy of a document/s from a relevant education institution;
  • Copy of documents for professional experience;
  • Copy of document/s for English and/or another foreign language proficiency;

The documents shall be submitted in Bulgarian language. In case when an Applicant is not a Bulgarian citizen, the documents can be submitted also in another foreign language with a translation in Bulgarian.

Submission of documents

-          Personally at the premises of Ministry of Tourism, at address 1, Saborna str. , Sofia

-          Via regular post addressed to Ministry of Tourism, 1, Saborna str., 1000 Sofia (the stamp on the envelope shall be not later of the deadline for submission of documents);

-          To email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission of documents – 17.30 on 07 June 2016, Sofia local time.

Location for the interview – Ruse, 15 Knyzheska str. Floor 3

This is an hour rate contract and the hour rate shall be paid according to the budget approved together with the Application form

For more information and other notifications regarding this selection procedure visit the website of the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria:

Call for papers for the launch event "Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe"

19 September 2016, Vienna

Innovative approaches can provide answers to economic and societal challenges such as demographic change, the current migration wave, and the unequal distribution of wealth. In order to improve European cohesion, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research aims at constructing new bridges between stakeholders, sectors, countries, policies, and systems in the field of social welfare. In this context, the European Centre will organize a launch event to further focus its activities in the EU acceding countries of Eastern Europe and countries of the Eastern Partnership.

The Workshop "Building Bridges in Social Welfare Policy in Eastern Europe" takes place on 19 September 2016 in Vienna. It aims at gathering and exchanging expertise from researchers, policy makers and practitioners on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. We particularly invite scholars and experts with expertise in innovative approaches in labour market policy and health and social care (long-term care) arrangements in the above countries to submit an abstract for

*   either an academic paper

*   or a good practice.

The call for abstracts on academic papers and good practice is open until 27 May 2016.

Further information is provided here