Regional Policy: EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Posted by : Radu Oprea
Country : Romania
Date : 24.02.2010
Profession : Economist
From : SMART Development Center
Target institution : European Commission
Problem status :

The European Commission wants to make sure that the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is realistic in its starting point, appropriate in its objectives and responsive to the real needs of inhabitants of the Region.

The Danube Region is one of the most important areas in Europe. It covers several Member States and neighboring countries in the river basin and in the coastal zones on the Black Sea. The area of the whole River Basin can be considered to be 800.000 km2, with a population over 100 million. There are many major issues to be addressed in the Region including economic and social disparities, infrastructure deficiencies, environmental status, prevention against risks. Following the accessions of 2004 and 2007, there is a need and an opportunity to overcome the legacy of former divisions and for the potential of the Region as an integral part of the European Union to be more fully realized.

What are the main challenges and opportunities in the Danube Region?

Which topics should be covered by the Strategy?

What are the main concrete actions and projects to be recommended in the coming years?

More details can be found on the Scoping Paper for Public Consultation.

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