Dear friends of the Danube Region Strategy,

in today's newsletter we provide you with

- an extensive follow-up report on the 10th EUSDR Annual Forum held in a hybrid format in Bratislava and online on 26 and 27 October 2021,
- a warm welcome of the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency,
- the updated EUSDR Embedding Tool (Annex 1a to the Guidance Paper for Embedding) and the updated compilation of relevant financial instruments (Annex1b),
- information on the first Interreg call in the new programming period launchend by Interreg Central Europe 
- the final Interreg Brand Design Manual endorsed by the European Commission and
- the upcoming ESPON Week & the ESPON REGICO Tool

With kind regards and best wishes for the final spurt towards the 2021 finish line
Your DSP Team

Follow-up on the 10th EUSDR Annual Forum

© Slovak EUSDR Presidency

On 26-27 October 2021 EUSDR stakeholders celebrated the 10th Annual Forum of the Danube Region Strategy in Bratislava and online. The Slovak EUSDR Presidency dedicated the event to the themes of its chairmanship held throughout 2021, namely on the one hand, climate change and protection of biodiversity and, on the other hand, digitalisation and innovation ecosystems. Under these headlines, a full session was dedicated to initiatives and projects of EUSDR Priority Area 6 – Biodiversity, Landscapes and the Quality of Air & Soils, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, the Institute of Applied Ecology Bratislava as well as DG MARE/European Commission. Another session focused on projects supporting innovation processes in the Danube Region, such as Danube Alliance for SME Competitiveness, Innovation Express 2021, CINEMA, Restart_4Danube, Women in Business and several projects of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information.

From a governance perspective, the focus of the 10th EUSDR Annual Forum lay on the support of youth within the Danube Region Strategy and across the Danube Region itself as well as on strengthened cooperation with non-EU member states. Furthermore, the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme held its Annual Event in the framework of the Forum.

Read the comprehensive summary report of all sessions here
or you may watch the recordings of the sessions in the online archive of the event!

We congratulate the Slovak EUSDR Presidency on successfully strengthening cooperation of stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Strategy by

  • initiating the establishment of a Danube Youth Council and a Danube Network of Youth Organisations,
  • supporting the Ukrainian National Coordination in preparing the first EUSDR Presidency of a non-EU member state and
  • successfully continuing EUSDR embedding (as initiated by the previous Croatian EUSDR Presidency) through establishing the network of ERDF/CF managing authorities and IPA/NDICI programming authorities in the Danube Region.
Welcome to the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency!

© Danube Strategy Point

On the occasion of the 10th EUSDR Annual Forum, the National Coordination of the Slovak Republic handed over the EUSDR chairmanship, represented by the EUSDR steering wheel, to the National Coordination of Ukraine. Taking on the chairmanship of the Strategy on 1 November 2021, the Ukrainian representatives expressed their commitment to support cooperation within the Danube Region: “We have a lot to give and we have a lot to share”. The thematic priorities of the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency are sustainable development of the Danube Region through decarbonisation and economic transformation (environmentally friendly transport, TEN-T network, multi- and intermodal transportation) and the development of human capital and labour markets (quality and adaptation of education, inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups into the labour market, increasing employment). We welcome the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency and look forward to joint efforts in bringing the Strategy forward under the Ukrainian lead.

Watch the introductory video of the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency
here and catch up here on the national launch event of the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency which was streamed live from Kiev on 15 November 2021.

Latest Developments in EUSDR Embedding

© Oleg Elkov on

Following the publication of all regulations for the funds of the multi-annual financial framework (MFF), the Danube Strategy Point updated the EUSDR compilation of relevant financial instruments (Annex 1b of the EUSDR Guidance Paper on Embedding) as well as the central Embedding Tool for embedding the EUSDR priorities into the MFF programmes  (Annex 1a of the EUSDR Guidance Paper on Embedding).

The overviews were complemented by the contents of the final individual regulations of the centrally managed EU programmes and the IPA III and NDICI for non-EU countries were aligned with the EUSDR actions and shortlisted strategic topics.

View all documents here.

Launch of the first Interreg Central Europe Call

© Interreg Central Europe Programme

On 15 November the programme Interreg Central Europe launched its first call for transnational project proposals in the new programming period. Concrete technical information and requirements for project development, including terms of reference, the programme manual and the application form, are published on the website along with the recording of the online launch event

The first call of the new Interreg Central Europe programme is directed at public and private organisations that want to work together beyond borders. Funding will support them in cooperating on solutions for common challenges of central European regions and cities that know no borders. 

Interreg Brand Manual available now!

© Interact Programme

Developed by Interact and published with the endorsement of the European Commission, the Interreg Brand Design Manual 2021-2027 is a document that will help programmes and/ or projects to use the Interreg brand. Interact developed the manual considering as many requests as possible from programmes participating in the initiative.

The harmonised Interreg brand provides greater visibility for Interreg at all levels and towards the widest audience, demonstrating that Interreg makes a difference both locally and at European level, supporting the provision of largescale evidence that cooperation in Europe brings people closer, makes economies stronger and helps to preserve our environment better.

Interreg Brand Visual Elements: 

Interreg logo | Interreg IPA logo | Interreg NEXT logo |
Policy and Interreg Specific Objective icons


© ESPON Programme

The ESPON week from 29 November to 2 December 2021 is organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme. The week addresses European, regional and local policymakers, as well as researchers, practitioners and experts. Key moments during the week will include the introduction of the new ESPON 2030 Cooperation Programme and the official launch of the consultation process to define thematic priorities for future research activities by ESPON and the ESPON seminar, which aims at discussing “Quality of Life for Territorial and Citizen-centric Policies” bringing together the latest research on the topic and policy challenges.

Register here to participate online and  subscribe here for updates on the programme and the speakers. Due to new COVID restrictions all events will take place online exclusively.


Have you heard about ESPON REGICO tool? This is a new tool by ESPON to map and illustrate regional developments. REGICO allows to produce customised maps and to analyse regions regarding various (relative) indicators in different spatial contexts and relations. The tool is available as web application via: For more info please see:

Upcoming EUSDR Meetings & Events

© Danube Strategy Point

Meetings & Events organised under the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency

EUSDR programming authorities network meeting
EU candidate/neighbouring countries) - 2 December 2021
Joint DTP & EUSDR Meeting on the Finalisation of the DTP Implementation Framework 2021-2027 for the EUSDR Governance Support - 7 December 2021
Informal NC-PAC meeting on the priorities of the Ukrainian EUSDR Presidency - 10 December 2021

EUSDR Steering Group Meetings

PA 5 - 25 November 2021
PA 11 - 25 November 2021
PA 1a -
9 December 2021 (tbc)
PA 3 - 14 December 2021
PA 2 - 15 December 2021

Further EUSDR relevant events

Resilient societies and economies - Social innovation made by Interreg - 24 November 2021  
Interreg Europe Annual Event: Europe let's cooperate! - 24-25 November 2021
Capitalisation Days: Practical guidance and communication approaches by Interact
24-25 November 2021

Sustainable transport as part of the Green Deal by Interact - 30 November 2021
Implementing PO5! by Interact - 9 December 2021
Danube Region Transport Days 2021 - 16-17 December 2021

Other MRS

6th Mediterranean Coast and MRS Week 2021 | Part 2/2 22-23 November 2021
EUSALP Annual Forum 2021 & Closing of the French Presidency - 14-15 December 2021

Find more upcoming EUSDR relevant events here!

Danube Strategy Point
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