On this page you can consult a variety of existing cooperation projects in the Danube Region as well as initiatives and project ideas relevant to the Danube Region.

The projects, initiatives and project ideas listed below do not necessarily reflect the official list of actions and projects of the Action Plan for the EUSDR nor projects supported by the Priority Area Coordinators of the Strategy. Please be aware that this compilation does not claim to be exhaustive.

Consulting projects:


On the KEEP website developed by INTERACT, a unique online platform on Territorial Cooperation projects.

 On the website of DG Regional Policy


Existing projects:


ALSO DANUBE (Advanced Logistic Solutions for Danube Waterway) was a Research and Demonstration project within the 5th Framework Programme of the European Union. The overall objective was to increase significantly the use of inland waterway as a key transport mode within intermodal door-to-door logistic chains, focusing on the Danube axis.


An analysis of venture capital opportunities in the Danube Region

Research paper examining the role of venture capital to improve access to finance and to implement mechanisms by which financing is allocated to the private sector in the Danube Region.


BPW Danube Net

Business and Professional Women (BPW) Danube Net is the network for businesswomen in the region and was set up in 2006 to promote intensive networking among the Danube countries. It is designed to be a platform for the exchange of ideas, opinions and information in the fields of work, business and culture - with a yearly Danube Net Businesswomen Forum.

Contact: Marion Volk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

centrope capacity

At the intersection of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, centrope is emerging as a new transnational region. Since its inception in 2003, 16 regions and cities have been committed to strengthening the centrope area of co-operation. The project centrope capacity further develops the overall framework and sets up lead initiatives in key thematic fields of co-operation.


CESLA - Cross-border implementation of environmentally friendly ultra-light vehicles in Slovenia and Austria

The CESLA project is aimed at the presentation of the successful use of ultra-light electric vehicles and to generate and develop an adequate environment in the SI-AT cross-border regions for their implementation.


CITS src - Culture and Innovation Twin - Spin for small regional centers/clusters

This project will develop a raster network for twinning and spinning of cultural–historic innovative activities focused on citizens from smaller areas and communities. Both German and Bulgarian centers as focal points for the Upper and Lower Danube Regions aim to be the starting point for a larger raster networks of similar centers in the whole Danube region.

Contact: Eng-Arch. Stefan Daskalov: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Prof. Immo Eberl: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clean Rivers Operation

A joint action for the elimination of illegel waste deposit of 5 cross-border rivers of Hungary and Romania

CluStrat - Boosting Innovation through new Cluster Concepts in Support of emerging Issues and cross-sectoral Themes

CluStrat aims at enhancing the competitiveness of Central European regions by upgrading the innovation capacity of their clusters. New policy approaches with a view to emerging industries as well as horizontal challenges will be developed. The strategic project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF, and considered as a Light House project within the EUSDR.


The DaHar project aims to harmonise long-term logistic development of small and medium sized ports and cities of the river Danube. With the leadership of Dunaújváros Municipality (HU) and participation of 23 partners, this cooperation will result in the establishment of a mutual development strategy.

Danube Civil Society Forum

For the involvement of NGOs and the civil society in the open stakeholder process of shaping and realizing the new strategy.



Danube:Future is a unique combination of regional, national and supra-national initiatives in interdisciplinary sustainability research, training and capacity building. It contributes to the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin with particular focus on the contribution of the humanities. The project was endorsed as joint activity by the Danube Rectors' Conference and the Alps-Adriatic Rectors' Conference, and by EUSDR-PA7.

Contact: Project Coordinator, Prof Verena Winiwarter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Project Administrator, Mr Stefano Brumat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure (DRDSI)

The Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure (DRDSI) is a project implemented by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) together with partners in the Danube region. The overall aim of the DRDSI is to facilitate access to comparable and harmonised datasets on various topics related to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. An open data platform is established to ensure access to data. Currently there are over 6500 datasets available from different sources (regional, national and international). Thanks to its cross-cutting nature, this data infrastructure contributes to the holistic approach needed to tackle the interrelated and interdependent challenges which the Danube Region is facing.


Danube TourNet

The TourNet Project aims to research the potential for alternative tourism in the cross-border area of Bulgaria and Romania along the River Danube.

Integrated Drought Mgmt

Integrated Drought Management Programme in Central and Eastern Europe

Integrated Drought Management Programme Central and Eastern Europe supports the governments of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine in the development of drought management policies and plans. It also builds capacity of stakeholders at different levels for proactive integrated drought management approach and tests innovative approaches for future drought management plans.

Contact: Sabina Bokal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Joint Risk Monitoring During Emergencies in the Danube Area Border

Improving the natural risk management within the cross-border region of Romania-Bulgaria

NEWADA - Network of Danube Waterway Administrations

NEWADA, Network of Danube Waterway Administrations, aims at increasing the efficiency of the Danube as the European Transport Corridor VII by intensifying cooperation between waterway administrations to promote inland navigation as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport.


The Regional Center for Integrated Risk and Territory Management of the Region of Lower Danube (ReCIRTLD) is to be established in the Euro-region Ruse-Giurgiu. It is an element of a conceived European network of regional centers for the Danube-Rhine region and Southeast Europe. In the future it may be extended for the European Mediterranean region.

RIVE - Rivers of Europe

Rivers of Europe is an international artistic, civic and educational initiative to encourage intercultural dialogue and creating a common Danubian Identity through different fields of Art. During the journey on our floating venue and within the 'Rolling Tour' we will implement a wide range of cultural program in 10 countries and 44 cities.

Contact: Lena Rufli This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barna Petrányi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Western Balkan Countries INCO-NET enhances integration of the Western Balkan countries (WBC) in the European Research Area. It is an FP7 funded initiative running from 2008 to 2013, supporting the Steering Platform on Research for the WBC, identifying priorities, enhancing the participation in EU programmes, analyzing cooperation needs and best practices. Its portal www.wbc-inco.net is a central hug for information exchange on RTDI cooperation with the region.
Contact: Elke Dall: dall(at)zsi.at, office(at)wbc-inco.net