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.

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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.



BIDS Becoming involved in the Danube strategy

The aim of the BIDS project is to stimulate the involvement of local communities in formulating and understanding the policy concerning the development of the Danube strategy which the EU is bringing out in 2010.



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.

Central European Platform for an Ageing Society (CE-Ageing Platform)

The CE-Ageing Platform aims to minimise negative effects and impacts of demographic change in CE. The project consortium (13 partners from 8 CE countries) jointly develops a CE-Ageing Strategy enabling partners to adapt to demographic change, thereby integrating lessons learnt from previous activities, results and lessons learnt from innovative actions (AGE Partnership Actions; AGE –SME Interventions) implemented within the project.

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


centrope_tt (former CENTRIS) is an international experts community for technology transfer and innovation support acting in the bordering regions of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - called CENTROPE.


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

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CLISP - Climate Change Adaptation by Spatial Planning in the Alpine Space

The project is aimed at preventing, reducing and mitigating climate-change related spatial conflicts, vulnerability of spatial development and spatial structures, and to adverse climate change impacts and consequential damages and costs.

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.

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DaMe Danube Media Network

A media cooperation project in the Danube Region

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 Limes

Nomination of the Central European part of the Roman Danube Limes within the international UNESCO World Heritage Framework „Frontiers of the Roman Empire”



In the communication related to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, an important role is attributed to the NGO sector. Thus it is necessary to prepare and enable the NGOs to fulfill this role. The DANUBENET project provides efficient means for this preparation, such as network development, knowledge transfer, information sharing, as well as a multipliable model for the organisation of local information events.


Danube Regional Development Project

Boosting economic activity in the Danube region is one of the key goals of the economic development and employment promotion programmes implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). These programmes promote tourism, investment and environmental protection in the Danube riparian states in South-Eastern Europe: Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.


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Danubeparks - The Danube River Network of Protected Areas

Improving coordination of nature protection activities along the Danube



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.


The DATOURWAY project presents an outstanding example of transnational cooperation committed to the development of tourism along and on the middle and south-eastern section of the Danube River, while paying particular attention to the protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources linked to this area of the great European waterway.




The aims of the project are the coordination and the joint implementation of tasks concerning the water management at the two main rivers Drau and Mur, which are shared by the EU Member States Austria and Slovenia. Through a process of intensive cooperation and exchange of experiences common standards for the management of floods and sediments, which currently do not exist, will be formulated.


EdTWIN - Education Twinning for European Citizenship, Heading for Excellence in the CENTROPE Region

In three cross-border projects EdTWIN aims at developing language skills and competences of pupils and teachers for living and working in the multicultural region of Centrope.


Energy Future – sustainable energy consumption in the Austrian-Czech border region

Developing sustainable cooperation in the fields of efficient energy consumption and renewable energy by using the high implementation potentials and the existing technical know-how in the border region



The eSchool4S promotes capacity development of a network of different actors in the field of education. It brings together education planners, teacher training and in-service training institutions, schools, teachers and pupils across the Danube region. It develops interdisciplinary interactive and web-based teaching and learning concepts in the field of sustainability. ESchool4S is an official project of Priority Area 9 "People and Skills".

Gabriela Pico, Project Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EUREGIO city.net – City Network Weinviertel–South Moravia

The project aims at intensifying the cross-border cooperation of regional small and medium sized cities and the establishment of a city network regarding administrative, cultural, social and political aspects.


EXPAK - ExpertInnenakademie (Academy of experts)

L&R Sozialforschung (Austria) is coordinating four cross-border cooperation projects, whose common aim is to develop a sustainable network in the labour market: EXPAK AT.CZ: Austria- Czech Republic; EXPAK AT.SK: Austria – Slovakia; EXPAK AT.HU: Austria – Hungary; EXPAK AT.SI: Austria – Slovenia.


flow – festival of conversation for culture and science

flow strives to establish a festival platform for dialogue and creative exchange among artists and scientists in the countries of the Danube Region in order to raise awareness for the need to develop a responsible and active civil society. One essential part of flow is the common creative work on different subtopics in several working groups. And beside this, flow offers attractive festival events for participants and the local audience. The biennial festival started 2008 in Novi Sad (Serbia), continued in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), and Ruse/Bulgaria (2012).

Project Coordinator, Dr Susan Milford: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Project Manager, Bernd Janning: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Freedom Keepers

FreedomKeepers is a peer-to-peer prevention campaign initiated, organized and coordinated by the Young Citizens Danube Network and supported by partner organization Arbeit und Leben NRW. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of trafficking in human beings among young people, 14 – 18 years of age from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Germany. The campaign focuses exclusively on prevention, therefore the first phase of the trafficking process.

Contact: Project Coordinator, Viktória Blahó: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gender Fokus

Regional and municipal budgets in the light of equal opportunities



Greenbow, part of the MEDGreen Cluster,  is the name for the Network of Localised Loops of Trigeneration Energy Supply Services Based on Waste Biomass. Greenbow uses modularized, IT-enabled equipment dedicated to reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint by exploiting biomass residues, after processing and pelleting, in small- and medium-scale incineration installations that could produce heat, electricity and cold as per local needs.

Contact: Dr. Eng. Timur Mamut: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IGR – Future in the border region

Cross-border cooperation of the labour unions to foster a positive, integrative and efficient development of the labour market in the border region of Burgenland and West Hungary


Integrated Development: Danube-Black Sea

EUROLINK-House of Europe is the coordinator of the Black Sea - Danube Regional Network for Social & Economic Innovation, which was launched in 2011. Within an institutional partnership with the National Coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the Regional Network plays the role of integrator of initiatives and partnerships from the Black Sea - Danube area.

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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


Miniaturized hybrid system for telemetric data transmission



Cooperation Network for Logistics and Nautical Education focusing on Inland Waterway Transport in the Danube Corridor supported by innovative solutions

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.

POLYCE - Metropolisation and Polycentric Development in Central Europe

This ESPON Targeted Analysis addresses the polycentric network of metropolitan functional urban areas in the Danube Region. In order to detect opportunities for sustainable urban development at macro-regional and city-level the project carries out a territorial analysis at both levels. The Central European capital cities Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava and Ljubljana shall be analysed in depth.



Broadband infrastructure is quickly becoming of high importance as regional economies build on knowledge economy. Led by the Agency for Innovation and European Cooperation, Slovakia (AIEC NGO), the PPP4Broadband initiative has been serving remote areas through researched complex tools – 9 PPP4Broadband models and set-up supporting knowledge infrastructure (National Centers of Excellence). 3 Pilot Actions and 3 PPP procurements have used PPP4B models and support of Centers of Excellence, proving that the concept developed is functional.

Contact: Mr. Jan Kubalík, Chairman of the Board - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Security - Projects and Initiatives of Priority Area 11 Security:

1) Border management and document checking
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2) Setting up coordination centres for border police and facilitating cooperation and networking of existing centres
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3) Police Cooperation
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4) Anti-corruption - Promoting the Rule of Law

A) European Anti-corruption Training
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B) Rule of Law
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Together for Danube

Funded by the Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, the Together for Danube project is a Cross-border model for nature conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources along the Danube.

Contact: diyana.kostovska(at)bspb.org
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TransEcoNet - Transnational Ecological Networks

TransEcoNet elaborates strategies and gives recommendations how to develop and manage transnational ecological networks in Central Europe. In particular the focus is on less or unprotected landscapes, so-called gaps, between protected areas. The project study areas are situated within or between the wide-ranging ecological networks of the Alps, Carpathians and of the Green Belt.

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This transnational cooperation project focuses on the informal sector of waste picking within the Danube Region and aims at providing solutions to reduce negative impacts.

Vidin-Calafat Danube Bridge

For over 400 km there has been only one bridge between Romania and Bulgaria crossing the Danube. Currently Danube Bridge 2 is being built between Vidin and Calafat, with two lanes in each direction for road traffic as well as a central railway line. This website covers the Bulgarian side of the project and has been developed by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Republic of Bulgaria.

WANDA - WAste management for inland Navigation on the DAnube

Within the project WANDA a transnationally coordinated ship waste management system will be set up along the river Danube. Overall target of the project is the concerted development and exemplary implementation of preventive measures to ensure an environmentally sound approach in steering flows of ship borne waste. Therewith inland navigation as a sustainable mode of transport shall be advanced while reducing potential risks for valuable river ecosystems.



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