Projects and Initiatives

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:


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.

Clean Rivers Operation

A joint action for the elimination of illegal 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 aimed 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.

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: coordinator(at); Project Administrator, Mr Stefano Brumat: administration(at)

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 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: idmp.sabina(at)

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) was 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 lena.rufli(at) or Barna Petrányi petranyi.barna(at)


DG REGIO has tasked the Council of Europe with an action aimed at developing existing and new Cultural Routes for the purpose of combining regional development, culture and tourism. The project offers a platform for cooperation to create synergies on topics of common interest and spend better available resources, enhancing regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The project is based on the involvement of macro regional strategies, creating identities through investment in the Baltic Sea, the Danube, the Adriatic and Ionian and the Alpine Region.

More information:

Story Map on tourism in the Danube region

EU-funded projects on tourism, cultural heritage and arts, bike routes and wellness resorts are among the highlights of an interactive Story Map on tourism in the Danube region, launched by the European Commission’s Joint Reasearch Institute at the 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on 18th October 2018 in Sofia.

It is an innovative way of displaying various datasets linked to various policy issues in an accessible and attractive way. It takes the viewer on a journey along the Danube river and the countries it borders and flows through.

The Story Map gives a snapshot of the rich heritage of the Danube region and the potential of its tourism economy. It also allows users to learn about the cultural heritage initiatives supported by the EU in the region and the links between cultural and natural heritage.

As said by Commissioner Navracsics in his speech, the Story Map “showcases our beautiful Danube region and also gives an overview of some of the main challenges facing it.”

See the Danube region Story Map here.


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.

Contact: Elke Dall: dall(at), office(at)

DAREnet – Danube river region Resilience Exchange network

DAREnet supports flood management practitioners across the EU Danube River region and different disciplines to deepen and broaden their Research, Development and Innovation related collaboration. DAREnet builds a multi-disciplinary community of practitioners, operating in a network of civil protection organisations, and supported by a broad range of stakeholders to foster synergies, innovation and its uptake.

Contact: Dr. Christian J. Illing, project.darenet(at)