On 11 September in Budapest the DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 Project held its final conference. On this occasion another important event for future cooperation took place: the first General Assembly of the recently founded DANUBEPARKS Association, including the election of the Management Board. DANUBEPARKS, the Danube River Network of Protected Areas, was founded in 2007 and is a flagship project of Priority Area 6 - Biodiversity.

To read more about this event and the DANUBEPARKS project, please visit the DANUBEPARKS website.

For more on Biodiversity in the Danube Region, please visit the Priority Area 6 website.

The French Embassy in Austria has published an article covering the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSDR in Vienna on www.bulletins-electroniques.com, an international news monitoring platform of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To read the article (French language only) please click here.

The first call for project proposals of the new initiative START – Danube Region Project Fund has officially launched. The call will be open from the 18th of July until the 17th of September 2014.
All relevant documents for the application can be found in the START section of the Priority Area 10 website.

The meeting of Foreign Ministers of the participating states of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) took place in Vienna on 26 June 2014, linked with the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSDR. Ministers, together with European Commission, issued a Joint Statement on the EUSDR. You can read this Statement in attached file.

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The City Hall of Galati, in association with Fun Time Production, is organising "Dunarea Noastra" - Our Danube - an event in Galati on 27 -29 June in the context of Danube Day. A number of interesting activities are planned for those days, including a tennis tournament, a photo competition, a DJ line and more. Please see the attached powerpoint presentation for more details. If you are interested in participating in the event by presenting or promoting your products/services/information about tourism, education, economy, commerce, environment, etc. please contact Dorian Ciubuc: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Danube transnational cooperation programme 2014-2020 has launched an web-based public consultation. The aim of the consultation is to check the relevance of the envisaged actions in order to further fine-tune and develop the content of the programme. The deadline for submission is 13 June 2014. To participate in the consultation and find more information, including key documents, please go to:

https://survey.metis-vienna.eu/grafstat/formulare/consult/

A brand new issue of Danube Region News has just been published. This edition focuses on transport in the Danube Region, with updates from Priority Areas 1a and 1b. The issue also includes an interview with Commissioner Johannes Hahn, an update on the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects, and an interview with Imre Csalagovits about the new Danube programme. You can find this newsletter directly on the homepage or in the newsletters section, along with all past issues.

On 22 May the European Commission published a report on the governance of the EU's Macro-Regional Strategies.

The report shows that while the results of individual projects and initiatives in the Baltic Sea and Danube regions are positive even more  political leadership and clearer decision-making is needed to build on the progress so far.

The report recommends changes to improve the impact, results and the sustainability of existing, and particularly future strategies, such as that of the Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine Regions which European Countries have asked for and should be adopted formally later this. This concerns primarily national and regional administrations, but also a wider range of stakeholders, and the European Commission itself.

The second call for project ideas in the framework of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) is now open. Interested organisations are invited to contact the Priority Area Coordinator in charge of the topic addressed by their project idea, to receive further information and an application pack.

For more information about the TAF-DRP please visit the PAC 10 website.

The Danubius Award was created in 2011 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) with the intention to honour individuals with extraordinary scientific achievements and output in relation to the Danube Region. For 2014, it is envisaged to complement this award with a specific prize for young scientists – the so-called “Danubius Young Scientist Award”.

This award will be given to 14 young scientists - one in each country that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region [Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and the Ukraine]. The award seeks to encourage young scientists to engage in the scientific examination of issues and questions specifically related to the Danube, and to stimulate the scientific community in the Danube region. The award will be endowed with € 1,200.- for each winner of the Young Scientist Award.

For more information about the award and how to apply, please read the official announcement.

Hiroshi Tanaka, professor in the Faculty of Economics of Ritsuemaikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has published a study on macro-regional strategies with a focus on the EUSDR. As a professor and researcher with an interest in regional cooperation, Tanaka is working on a research project concerning the GMS (Greater Mekong Sub-region) Development Plan.  Tanaka and a team of Japanese researchers visited INTERACT Point Vienna in the fall of 2013 to learn more about the EUSDR and see how the best practices of the Strategy could be applied in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The report, titled 'EU Macro-Region Strategies: A study of EU Strategy for the Danube Region' is currently only available in Japanese but includes an abstract in English.
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Second Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region here!