The European Commission has published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future.

Commenting on the report, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, said: “Today's study shows the clear value of our macro regional strategies. Their intensified cooperation has resulted in literally hundreds of new projects and new networks in the Danube and the Baltic regions. Above all, participants tell us that cooperation – including with non EU member states has been significantly strengthened."

To download the full report visit the INFOREGIO website.
On 29 June 2013, the 14 countries of the Danube Basin jointly celebrate one of Europe's greatest river systems and the people and wildlife that rely on it. It is the celebration of a cleaner, safer river. Huge festivals on the banks of the rivers, public meetings and fun, educational events pay tribute to the Danube rivers, its peoples and the progress that has been made. "Get active for the sturgeons" is the motto of the Danube Day 2013.

You can watch a video message to the people of the Danube Basin from Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Rural Development, on the INFOREGIO website, or find out more about Danube Day on the official Danube Day 2013 website.
The latest special issue of the Danube Alliance Magazine is now available at: http://danubealliancemagazine.com/danube-alliance-magazine-agriculture/.

This publication is part of a series of special issues focusing on education, science, agriculture, environment and health.

Please note that neither INTERACT nor the European Commission were involved in the production of this publication.

The first call for project ideas is open between 24 May and 10 September 2013. 

Project ideas are to be submitted - on behalf of preselected applicants - by the Priority Area Coordinators of the EUSDR.

PAC10 is acting as Managing Authority for this pilot action.

For further information please consult this information sheet.

The European Commission and scientists and policy makers from the 14 Danube Region countries launched six scientific clusters last week to support economic development in the region. The six clusters will focus on: water; land & soil; bio-energy; air; data exchange & harmonisation; and smart specialisation. The clusters will provide scientific evidence to support the Danube Strategy, and will also serve to foster scientific cooperation across the region.

To read more, click here.
Learn more about Baden-Württemberg's involvement in the EUSDR by visiting their new EUSDR portal at donauraumstrategie.de (German language only).
To accompany the latest Danube Region Progress Report, you can also download the latest EUSDR pamphlet here or find it under the Communication tab above. 
"A good start, now it's time to move up a gear"

The Danube Region Strategy Progress Report details significant achievements in tackling problems from missing transport links and lack of competitiveness, to pollution and crime.

Commissioner Hahn is calling on the Danube governments to follow up on their political commitments by making the Strategy a priority across all relevant policy areas, urging the 8 EU members involved, as well as Croatia, to incorporate the Strategy into their plans for the next generation of programmes under Regional Policy for 2014-20.

Download the full report on the Inforegio website.
The Romanian EUSDR Newsletter no 5 / 2013 is now available for download in both Romanian and English here.
To download presentations from the last meeting of the MEP Danube Forum on 27 February 2013 about the Danube Cycling Route click here.

Priority Area specific posters developed for the First Annual EUSDR Forum in Regensburg are now available in high resolution for printing here
The final version of the  summary of discussions held during the 3rd meeting of EUSDR National Contact Points and Priority Area Coordinators on 30-31 January 2013 in Brussels is now available for download here.

For photos from the event, please visit the photo gallery.