Organisations in the Region

In the Danube Region “Who is Who” you can find out about relevant institutions in the Danube Region. This non-exhaustive list is expected to grow over time. Would you like your institution to be listed in the “Who is Who”? If yes, click here.

Alliance for the Environment


The Bulgarian Alliance for Environment was founded in February 2004 as a non-government non-profit organization in public benefit. The association aims at supporting the multidisciplinary initiatives and research in the field of environmental protection, environmental risk management and prevention, sustainable development (incl. urban areas) for contributing to the integrated policy and management process of society, economics and environment, incl. the natural and cultural heritage.

Contact: Stefan Daskalov, alliance-bg(at)

ARC – Romanian Consultancy Agency


ARC’s mission is focused on nature and environmental protection, development of programmes and projects for infrastructure development and management plans for protected areas in the Danube River Basin, by uniting international experts in all domains. Romanian Consultancy Agency aims at improving the regional cooperation in the Danube Region also by promoting the inclusion of all citizens and building prosperity.

Contact: danubestrategy(at)

Arge Donauländer


Created in 1990, the Arge Donauländer aims at promoting co-operation among its members for the development of the Danube area to serve the interests of its inhabitants and to foster peaceful cooperation in Europe. Location of the Secretariat: St Pölten, Land Lower Austria, AT
Contact: post.landnoe(at)

ASDE Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration – Ecoregions


ASDE is a non-governmental organization registered in Bulgaria since 1998. All activities of ASDE are realized with governmental, municipal and public support aiming fostering the sustainable development of Bulgaria and the successful integration in the European Union; ASDE is partner in various innovation projects under the 6,7 FP, under the CBC program between Romania and Bulgaria, and has a CoA with EC – DG JRC. ASDE supports and takes part in the initiative for European regional centers network.

Contact: asde(at)

Austrian Association of Cities and Towns – Österreichischer Städtebund

Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning – Danube Strategy Section


In this section you will find information and documents on the development of the EU Danube Strategy in Austria
Contact: oerok(at)

Bavarian Ministry of the Interior


The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior is in charge of the coordination of Priority Area Security, together with the German Ministry of the Interior and Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior.

Black Sea – Danube Regional Network for Social & Economic Innovation


EUROLINK-House of Europe is the co-ordinator 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.

Contact: info(at)

Brasov Chamber of Commerce and Industry


The Chamber’s purpose is to participate in the development of a favourable business environment and to support its members in their relations with local and central public authorities. In order to achieve this goal, the Chamber will promote a coherent economic and social development policy of Brasov County.
Contact: Luisa Palos, luisa.palos(at)

BSEC – Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation


The BSEC came into existence as a unique and promising model of multilateral political and economic initiative aimed at fostering interaction and harmony among the Member States (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), as well as to ensure peace, stability and prosperity, encouraging friendly and good-neighbourly relations in the Black Sea region.

Contact: info(at)

Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior


The Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior is in charge of the coordination of Priority Area Security, together with the German Ministry of the Interior and the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior.

Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry / BRCCI


BRCCI supports economic development between Bulgaria and Romania; cooperation among local businesses and partners from EU; provides information and consultancy services to the business to raise competitiveness and support for sustainable growth. BRCCI is an active actor in regional development working on topics like fostering employment and entrepreneurship, life-long learning, combating climate change, promoting social responsibility, knowledge-based economy and innovations.

Contact: Eleonora Ivanova, e [DOT] ivanova [AT] brcci [DOT] eu


Casa Verde a Dunarii (CVD) – Danube Green House: Zonal Center for Competitiveness and Training EUSDR


CVD serves as an information and local representation office. It provides training and support for professionals and group leaders in order to support and raise awareness about local, regional and national initiatives in the Danube region.

Contact: Ovidiu Slimac, ovidiu [DOT] slimac [AT] casaverdeadunarii [DOT] ro

CASEE – The ICA Regional Network for Central and South Eastern Europe


CASEE, is a network of Central and South Eastern European Higher Education Institutions relating to the Life Science disciplines (agriculture, food, biotechnology, natural resources, rural development and the environment).

Contact: ulrike.piringer(at)

CEE Portal


CEE Portal is an Austria-based business platform for Central-and Southeastern Europe. The company is working with a large number of organizations to promote conferences and other events connected with the markets of CEE. For more information, please feel free to visit

Contact: Martin Kolmhofer, kolmhofer(at)

Center for Environmental Studies


CES was founded in 1993 as an independent non-profit research, education and advocacy organization. Its mission is to serve as a catalytic institution for the environmentally sustainable development of Hungary and the SEE region.
Its activity focuses on the economic and social Impacts of flooding; on elaboration of local environmental protection programs, SEAPs and environmental impact assessments for cities. It promotes dissemination of EMS, RES and greener transport, and surveys biofuel potential of Hungary.

Contact: Ferenc Laczó, laczo(at)

Centre for Social Innovation


The Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) is a trans-disciplinary social science research institute founded in 1990. The ZSI-unit “Research Policy and Development” acts as a resource centre for the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research in particular for contributions to PA7 “Knowledge Society” of the EUSDR, acting as observer in the Steering Group, carrying out a co-publication analysis etc.

Contact: Ms Elke Dall: dall(at)zsi.atinstitut(at)

Central European Initiative (CEI)


The Central European Initiative (CEI) is the oldest and largest intergovernmental forum for regional cooperation in Europe, with an observer status in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Contact: cei-es(at)

Civil Society Network EUSDR


The (informal) Civil Society Network EUSDR has been meeting regularly since 2011 at various locations in Germany/Baden-Württemberg to discuss social issues such as solidarity, social inclusion and change. The aim is to connect civil society actors in the Danube Region together with the institutional partners for project development and implementation (Agapedia Foundation Network, Liebenau Foundation, Diakonisches Werk in Baden, Baden-Württemberg Foundation and the State Ministry Baden-Württemberg). The target group includes committed volunteers, organisations, networks and (international) actors from ministries and state governments.


Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CODCR)


Launched in Ulm by the “Deklaration der Donastädte” on 4 July 1998, the CODCR is a major inter-municipal and interregional network, to become an example of cross-border cooperation in the Danube Region. With its political Head Office in Ulm and operational Headquarters and General Secretariat in Bucharest, the Council of Danube Cities and Regions is a bridge that links European, regional and local institutions to the academic, business, financing networks and other representatives of the civil society

C.R.E.A.M. Europe PPP Alliance


C.R.E.A.M. Europe PPP Alliance is an European Public Private Partnership Association and the acronym stands for COMMUNITY, REALIZATION, EUROPEAN, AID, MASTERPLAN. C.R.E.A.M. is a Think Tank and Learning Organization to promote and initiate PPP projects in all infrastructure areas as a sustainable regional development strategy. The knowledge network consists of 9 national own Public Private Partnership associations and over 200 PPP units worldwide.

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Zoran Jelic, z.jelic(at)

Inland Navigation Development Center (CRUP)


Inland Navigation Development Centre is a non-profit company founded in 2003 by Croatian inland port authorities, port operators and shippers, with the aim to promote, motivate and enhance the development of inland waterway transport. CRUP has been involved in development of transport sector in Croatia and southeast Europe by leading or participating in EU funded projects.

Contact person: Ivan Šuker, suker [AT] crup [DOT] hr

Danube Area Interregional Group at the Committee of the Regions


The “Danube” Group, set up in January 2009, advocates the development by the European Commission of a “Danube region strategy”, to which it wishes to make an effective contribution. It also intends to promote a common identity for the Danube region in order to affirm the region’s full potential. The group intends to work towards creating synergies and to raise the region’s profile at national, regional and European levels. Location: Brussels, Belgium

Danube Area Research Center (DAReC)


“Danube Area Research Center” is a non-profit organization, established to achieve the objectives in the field of scientific research, inter-regional cooperation and education of young people from countries in the Danube region.

Contact: darec(at)

Danube Black Sea Task Force (DABLAS)


The DABLAS Task Force is a successful example of providing a platform between International Funding Institutions, donors and beneficiaries to support cooperation and to leverage investment projects for the protection of water and water-related ecosystems of the Danube and Black Sea.

Danube Campaign


WWF campaign for a living river

Danube Chambers of Commerce Association


The purpose of the DCCA is to develop sustainable competitiveness of the economies connected by the River Danube. The DCCA serves to promote industrial and commercial activities aiming at economic and environmental development of 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 Commission


The Danube Commission is an international intergovernmental organization, set up by the Convention regarding the regime of navigation on the Danube signed in Belgrade on 18 August 1948. The primary tasks of the Danube Commission activity are provision and development of free navigation on the Danube…. (More on the Website) Location of the Secretariat: Budapest, Hungary

Contact: secretariat(at)

Danube Competence Center


Danube Competence Center (DCC) is a tourism network of more than 70 members from ten Danube countries. Through development and marketing of cross-border tourism products (for example the website) and fostering intergovernmental cooperation, DCC contributes to socio-economic sustainability of Danube region. DCC is supported by German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and implemented through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Contact: Boris Camernik, boris.camernik(at)

danube connects


danube connects is a magazine for the Danube countries, and an international platform for information and publicity about cooperation and projects along the river Danube. The magazine brings together a network of journalists, organises journalist workshops and works within the Danube Media Network.

Contact: Sabine Geller, info(at)

Danube Cooperation Process


International Scientific Forum “Danube – River of Cooperation” (DCP) is a non-governmental organisation working for nearly 20 years to improve all forms of regional cooperation in the Danube Region, with focus on the close cooperation between the Danube region countries in transition. Location of the Secretariat: Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact: office(at)

Danube Day


Danube Day is a celebration of a cleaner, safer river following many years of international cooperation. Huge festivals on the banks of the rivers; public meetings and fun, educational events pay tribute to the Danube, its peoples and the progress that has been made.

Danube Environmental Forum


Founded in 1999, the Forum is a Danube River Basin-wide platform of environmental NGOs with the aim to establish a common approach for the protection of the Danube River, and facilitating NGO cooperation Location: Baja, Hungary

Contact: def(at)

Danube Institute for Interdisciplinary Research


The Danube Institute for interdisciplinary research is a research institute incorporated into the Andrássy University Budapest (AUB). The aim of this international department is to deal with questions concerning the political, economic and cultural evolution of the Danube region. Currently, the Danube Institute is focusing on following topics: European integration processes; transformation processes: quality of democracies and economic systems; and forming identity: nationalities, cultures and minorities.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ellen Bos, Director: ellen.bos(at) or Tekla Gaál, Project

Coordinator tekla.gaal(at)

Danube Rector’s Conference


The Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) is a strong network of 56 universities in the Danube region which aims to improve higher education in teaching and research, and supports the advancement of member universities by establishing sustainable contacts.

Contact: info(at)

Danube Region Strategy in Serbia


Danube Region Strategy Web-Platform of the Republic of Serbia

Danube Region Strategy LabGroup (restricted access)


The Danube Region Strategy Labgroup is a think tank, reflecting on how Priority Area Coordinators and funding sources can operationally implement the Strategy in a coordinated way.

Danube Tourist Commission


The Danube Tourist Commission was founded in 1970 to form a tourism marketing association. The aim was to make the Danube region better known internationally and to promote tourism in the area. In 1998 the Danube Tourist Commission extended its activities to include the Main-Danube Canal. Location of the Secretariat: Vienna, Austria

Contact: office(at)

Danube Universities 


“Danube Universities” is a partnership project between universities along the Danube in the subject area Renewable energy and efficient use of energy. A trans-regional, voluntary partnership between Danube universities builds a trans-regional network that opens new avenues to the partners. Possible forms of cooperation of the Danube universities are: exchange of experiences, exchange among students, practical training in firms/institutes, exchange of teachers, summer schools, know how transfer, common research projects.

Contact: info(at)


DAC Danubius Academic Consortium


DAC is a Consortium of Universities and Institutions working for a Culture of Innovation in the Danube region since 2004. DAC Programs are available in Master Degree of Integral Innovation, Innovation is Hope (community development by creativity) and Sky is the Limit (creativity training for children).
Contact: Prof. George Teodorescu,teodorescu [AT] integralinnovation [DOT] org



Danubiz is founded on the principles of innovation and subsidiarity promoting regional sustainable development in the Danube area. In our effort to increase procedural transparency and efficiency between private – public cooperation, danubiz is acting as a facilitator between European, national, regional and local bodies, private stakeholders (e.g exhibition organizers, banking sector, education providers) and emerging small and medium enterprises.

Contact: Alina Nedelcu: alina.nedelcu(at)

DG Regional Policy – The Danube Strategy


This section of the website of DG Regional Policy is the main EU portal on the development of the Danube Strategy.

Donau Buero Ulm


Project agency set up in 2002 by the cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm for interregional cooperation in the Danube area. Location: Ulm, Germany



The City Network DonauHanse was established in 2006, to establish a network of cities, which provides sound solutions to similar problems with the greatest possible benefit for all participating cities and regions along the Danube. Until today the network consist of 24 members along the Danube. DonauHanse offers the possibility to develop projects for all members or host other activities like know-how transfer workshops, to develop solutions for similar problems together.

Contact: markus.damm(at)



DUNALOG – Central and South Eastern European urban and regional cooperation network

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Dunare.EDU / Danube.EDU


The aim of the association Danube.EDU is to promote international cooperation in the field of youth, supporting the involvement of young people in the life of the community and stimulating cooperation activities between countries in the Danube-Black Sea region.

ENERO: Centre for Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy in Romania


ENERO is an independent non-profit technical consultancy and research center active in the energy field since 1999. ENERO activity focuses on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency promotion. ENERO has been member of numerous European project consortia within the Framework Programmes for research and development, SEE – South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, IEE – Intelligent Energy Europe.

Contact: nicoleta.ion(at)

Europa Forum Wien


The Europaforum Wien was established in 1995 with the intention to give support to the Vienna city government and administration in all issues relating to the EU integration process. The work of Europaforum Wien focusses mainly on three themes of the political and societal ”project Europe”: the integration of the European Union with all its different aspects; the reinforcement of the Urban Agenda in thought and action of the Union; and the development, or improvement, of European democracy.

Contact: office(at)

Europa Zentrum Baden Württemberg – Institut und Akademie für Europafragen


The Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg has been working as an Institute and Academy for European Affairs since 1976. It is a non-party, independent non-profit institution of civic education, supported by the state of Baden-Württemberg and based in Stuttgart, Germany. In the framework of the EUSDR the Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg is engaged in information and capacity building projects.


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development fosters transition to market economies in countries from central and eastern Europe to the southern and eastern Mediterranean.


European Danube Academy (Donau Akademie)


The European Danube Academy is an institutional platform for networking activities of the Danube countries, cities and regions. It offers interdisciplinary conferences, symposia and courses of lectures on scientific, environmental and cultural issues regarding current political and social developments in the Danube region. Location: Ulm, Germany
Contact: info(at)

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region


Get to know the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Priority Areas and Horizontal Actions, keep updated with the latest news and check out the publications and events. The website is coordinated by the European Commission – DG Regional Policy and INTERACT Point Turku.

Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River (EAEMDR)


EAEMDR is a national public authority within the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications. It is the only specialized organization in Bulgaria which carries out the entire range of supporting activities for maintenance of the waterway, aquatory of the ports and the winter camps for providing safety navigational conditions in the Bulgarian section of the Danube River.

Contact: Pavlin Tsonev, p.tsonev(at)

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German Federal Ministry of the Interior


The German Ministry of the Interior is in charge of the coordination of Priority Area Security, together with the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior and the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior.

Contact: christian.hofmann(at)

GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit


The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a state owned enterprise, we support not only the German government and the German Federal States but also the European Commission in achieving their objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

Contact: Tobias Seiberlich: tobias.seiberlich(at)

Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe


The Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe is an inclusive platform for organizations promoting practical implementation of integrated water resources management in 12 countries of the region – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The GWP vision is for a water secure world.

Contact: Richard Müller: gwpcee(at)

Green Planet Association


We are an eco team for which the actions of protecting the environment are part of every natural gesture. We aim to achieve certain activities of general interest of a community by: promoting the principles of sustainable development, economical and environmental values; promoting the principles and values of community and inter-community cooperation; civic engagement and respect for legality and democratic values, cultural values; tourism in Romania; promoting local, regional, national and European cooperation.

Contact: Ionut Georgescu: office [AT] green-planet [DOT] ro

International Association for Danube Research (IAD)


The IAD was founded in 1956 with the goal of promoting and coordinating activities in the fields of limnology, water management, and water protection in the Danube River basin.


International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River


The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) works to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters and freshwater resources in the Danube River Basin. The work of the ICPDR is based on the Danube River Protection Convention Location of the Secretariat: Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria

International Elias Canetti Society


The central goals of the International Elias Canetti Society include a dedication to researching Canetti’s work, promoting the European integration process and participating in rebuilding civil societal structures in post-communist Bulgaria. Through their various methods, the Society’s work encompasses four fields: Cultural mediation, cultural dialog, civic education and academics. The Society publishes its own series of books, a bilingual magazine for transdisciplinary cultural studies, and additional literary series in the Bulgarian language. Particular emphasis is placed when realizing cultural, educational and academic projects on cooperation between the countries of the Danubian cultural region.

Contact: Chairperson, Prof. Dr. Penka Angelova: penka.angelova(at)

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe


The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) addresses current questions regarding the Danube region, Central and Southeast Europe to enhance knowledge about the region and promote good neighbourly relations. Since its foundation in 1953, the IDM conducts research projects, organises events and issues publications aiming at different target groups. The focus of all these activities are political, economic, social and cultural developments in the Danube Region and Central Europe. Thus, the IDM provides the broad public, media, multipliers (teachers), students and public institutions with recent information. The IDM advocates European integration, aims to foster regional integration in South Eastern Europe and supports the implementation of the current EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

Contact: Chairman, Dr. Erhard Busek e.busek(at) or Managing Director, Dr. Susan Milford s.milford(at)

International Sava River Basin Commission 


The vision of the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) is a transboundary cooperation for sustainable development of the region. ISRBC has been established for purpose of the implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB), namely the provision of cooperation of the Parties to the FASRB, for realization of a number of goals.

Contact: isrbc(at)

KulturKontakt Austria


KulturKontakt Austria (KKA) is a European competence and resource centre for education, culture and the arts, focusing geographically on Austria, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. KKA operates as an Austrian institution on behalf of and supported by the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. The core areas of activity of this non-profit organisation are cultural cooperation, arts sponsorship, cultural education in schools, and educational cooperation, including support for the Priority Area 9 “People and Skills” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI)


The Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) deals with the issues of migration management in the Western Balkans by promoting closer regional cooperation and a comprehensive, integrated, and coherent approach to the issues of migration, asylum, border management, visa policies and consular cooperation, refugee return and settlement in order to meet international and European standards.

Contacts: info(at)

National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism (NIRDT)


NIRDT is a public body coordinated by the Ministry of National Education of Romania. NIRDT projects include the evaluation of tourism potential of the territory, strategies and policy for tourism development and for destination marketing, tourism planning, creation of tourism products, re-launching of tourism destinations, and a series of studies aimed to develop cycle tourism.

Contact: incdt(at)

Pannon Business Network Association


Pannon Business Network Association was established in 2006 as a new network of innovation development and facilitation of the West Pannon region – Hungary. The Association was initiated by 25 Industrial Parks and 6 leading cluster organizations. With these strong fundaments, today, the Network itself covers more than 800 companies such as SMEs and multinationals in the West Pannon region. With its institutional partners PBN is currently managing 21 running INTERREG and FP7 projects for the benefit of companies and business development non profit organizations.

Contact: Matyas Lazary, lazary(at)

Pro Danube Austria


ProDanube Austria represents the interests of the shipping industry in Austria and is strongly committed to creating conditions that are conducive to shipping.
Our goals are the development and promotion of shipping and the creation of framework conditions for shipping in Austria. We work proactively and constructively with all state and social institutions and organisations of the economy that are important for the achievement of these goals.

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Contact: Mag. Patricia Luger, office(at) 

Pro Progressione


Pro Progressione is multi-functional agency for cultural management, working in three main fields: representing, organizing and participating as an active member in the work of the cultural community. Through an international network, we react to the urge need of a stronger trans-national mobility. One of our aims is to redefine a common identity along the Danube through art.

Contact: Barna Petrányi, petranyi [DOT] barna [AT] pro-cult [DOT] com

PIDIN – Partnership for Improvement of Danube Infrastructure and Navigation (through the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative)


PIDIN is a forum, within which economic development aspects of the Danube River Basin are being dealt with. Primary focus of the discussions are inland waterways transport, navigation and cooperation within the Danube River Basin area, including related topics such as environment, navigation, infrastrucure, energy, project implementation and coordination.

Regional Development Agency Plovdiv (Bulgaria)


Established in 1996 as a body governed by public law it works for the regional economic development and innovation policies, social entrepreneurship, green infrastructure and energy efficiency, training, labour market development, historical and cultural heritage and tourism.
Among its members are municipalities, associations of employers, universities, enterprises and physical persons. Member of BARDA, ENGINE, EVTA and other networks.

Regional Cooperation Council


The Regional Cooperation Council promotes mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region to the benefit of its people. The work of RCC focuses on the following priority areas: economic and social development, infrastructure and energy, justice and home affairs, security cooperation, and building human capital and parliamentary cooperation.

Contact: Mr Miroslav Kukobat, Senior Expert on Energy and Infrastructure, Head of Unit, email: miroslav.kukobat(at)

Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)


Set up in 1990, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems. Location of the Head Office: Szentendre, Hungary. The REC has offices in 17 Central and Eastern European countries.

Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA)


ReSPA is an international organisation which has been entrusted with the mission of boosting regional cooperation in the field of public administration in the Western Balkans. As such, ReSPA is a unique historical endeavour, established to support the creation of accountable, effective and professional public administration systems for the Western Balkans on their way to EU accession.


Romanian Inland Ports Union


The Romanian Inland Ports union is an association (NGO) of port administrations and port operators from Danube ports along the Romanian sector of the Danube. The aim is to support and promote Romanian inland ports and IWT. As an active member of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) our association is deeply involved in European strategy and policy.

Contact: office(at)

Romania’s Intermodal Association


This association aims, among others, at promoting the intermodal transport/Short Sea Shipping (SSS)/Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) facilities available in Romania Location: Constanta, Romania

Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Danube Strategy Section


In this section you will find information and documents on the development of the EU Danube Strategy in Romania

Romanian National Union of Experts in Public Procurement


Part of main objectives are: decent conditions for work, legal assistance in public procurement, promoting domestic and international relationships within the Danube Region Strategy. Since April 2013, our organization has started launching the Regional Centre for Training and Competitiveness: the Danube Green House, in order to support the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Contact: Ovidiu Slimac: ovidiu.slimac(at)

Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI)


The SECI, Initiative launched in 1996 as alternative to the Dayton Agreement, aims at contributing to the regional efforts for sustainable development and integration and the bridging of remaining obstacles to cooperation and development in South East Europe.

One of SECI´s Danube initiatives is the “Partnership for Improvement of Danube Infrastructure and Navigation” (PIDIN): PIDIN is a forum addressing economic development aspects of the Danube River Basin. Primary focus are inland waterways transport, navigation and cooperation within the Danube River Basin area, including related topics such as environement, navigation, infrastructure, energy, project implementation and coordination.

Location of the Secretariat: at the OSCE, Vienna, Austria.

South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP)


The South-East European Cooperation Process is a forum for diplomatic and political dialogue reaffirming the political will and readiness of the countries from SEE to work together and to follow a common agenda thus meeting the region’s needs of stability, security, democratization and economic prosperity.

South East Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA)


The Association is dedicated to building public security in South Eastern Europe,through its co-operative police services, together with the citizens and its partner organizations.

South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN)


SEEHN is a political and institutional forum set up by the governments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to promote peace, reconciliation and health in the region. WHO/Europe lends technical support to SEEHN’s various health projects, after having supplied its secretariat, along with the Council of Europe, from 2001 to 2009.

Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe


Contact: scsp(at)

Steinbeis Danube Center


Steinbeis Danube Center is a non-profit institution for fostering the implementation of Danube Strategy. It acts as the integrative link for all stakeholders of Danube Region. The Center is directly involved in activities of several Steering Groups (PA 7, 8, 9). Its work is based on 17 years experience in economic promotion and regional development in Middle and Eastern Europe.

Contact: Jürgen Raizner, raizner(at)

Sultan’s Trail


Sultan’s Trail is a route of walking, biking and cultural tourism which follows the footsteps of Sultan Süleyman the magnificent through the Eastern Europe and Balkans to Turkey. In total 2200 kilometers, Sultan’s Trail passes 9 countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. The Sultan’s Trail serves as a place of meeting and connection for people of all faiths and cultures, and as a catalyst for sustainable tourism and economic development. It also provides a platform for the energy and idealism of young people and a focus for positive media highlighting the rich culture and hospitable people of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Contact: Sedat Cakir, sedat(at)

SUKI – Sustainable Kitchen


Data collection and approaches for the reduction of CO2 emission in canteen kitchen



ThinkCamp is coordinating the dunaVision network and conducting learning journeys and the Caravans of Change in the Danube region countries. The objectives are to foster a sustainable future by conducting innovative non formal learning programs, supporting lighthouse projects and publishing patterns for sustainable development.

Contact: Johannes Pfister: johannes.pfister(at)

TINA Vienna – Urban Technologies & Strategies


TINA VIENNA presents Vienna’s solutions on urban and environmental technologies and is an active player in projects on transport and spatial / regional development in the Danube Region.

Contact: markus.damm(at)

TMG- OÖ. Technologie- und Marketinggesellschaft m.b.H.


TMG is Upper Austria’s business location and innovation agency. Number one in Upper Austria for business location and expansion.

Contact: info(at)

Urban Platform Danube Region (UPDR)


The Urban Platform Danube Region (UPDR) unites as many cities, city networks and associations in the Danube Region as possible in order to enhance their ownership within the implementation process of the EUSDR. The UPDR supports the joint efforts of cities in working towards the targets of the EU2020 strategy and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The goal of the Platform is to strengthen the leadership role of cities in the region and give them a common voice within the EUSDR. The UPDR is a joint effort of the cities of Vienna and Ulm and the administrative branch of the Council of Danube Regions and Cities (CoDCR).

Vienna Economic Forum


Principal objectives of the WEV:

Popularising and promoting investment opportunities in the region from the Adriatic to the Black Sea.

Providing impulses and pointing out – on the basis of research – the joint projects required in the region for short-term, medium-term and long-term realisation, and promoting their implementation.

Becoming a place of definition, encounter, and of realising the public and private interests in connection with the various projects in the region as part of the united Europe.

Contact: office(at)

Austria’s waterway management and development company Location: Vienna, Austria

Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies


The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) is one of the principle centres for research on Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe. Our work is focused on issues of European integration and EU Neighbourhood, covering macroeconomic, labour markets, trade and FDI, regional and sectoral issues. We also provide detailed country analyses on the CESEE countries. wiiw is an independent, non-profit institution. Our staff serves the public and clients alike, delivering economic analyses and research, forecasts, statistical data and policy advice.

We work on many issues relevant for the Danube Region Strategy: economic growth and structural change, competitiveness, labour market developments and migration, trade, FDI, regional disparities, etc.

Contact: Elisabeth Hagen, wiiw(at)

Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF)


The WBIF is a joint initiative of the EU, IFIs, bilateral donors and governments of the Western Balkans to provides financial and technical assistance for strategic investments in energy, environment, transport, social issues and private sector development.


Wiener Hafen, GmbH & Co KG


The Port of Vienna -a Wien Holding GmbH company- is one of the largest cargo transport centres in Austria. Its excellent geographical position and trimodality make it a highly efficient hub for international goods and passenger traffic. The Port of Vienna with its subsidiaries operates three large cargo terminals including the corresponding infrastructure: Freudenau habour, Albern habour and Lobau oil terminal.

Contact: Martina Prettenhofer, prettenhofer(at)

Wirtschaftsregion Donaustaedte


Organisation for economic cooperation between the Danube cities of Regensburg, Straubing, Deggendorf, Passau and Linz (Germany and Austria) Location of secretariat: Deggendorf, Germany

WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme


The WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Office is responsible for leading and to a significant extent implementing WWF’s efforts to preserve, restore and sustainably manage the natural values of the Danube-Carpathian ecoregions. Location of the Head Office: Vienna, Austria

Young Citizens Danube Network


The Youth Citizens Danube Network (YCDN) is an international non-governmental non-profit youth organization aimed at promoting diversity among young people from the Danube region by providing them with opportunities to exchange their knowledge, experience, opinions and views.

Contact: Viktória Blahó, blaho(at)