EU Strategy for the Danube Region
The Danube Region is one of the most outstanding natural areas in Europe, but simultaneously finds itself in the process of dynamic change. This greater European area is developing into an integrated Europe under the guiding principle of sustainability and requires that particular attention is paid to environmental issues. Cross-border protection and the use of the environmental resources of the Danube Region pose the need and create the possibility for reciprocal coordination of national and regional priorities in the environmental sector.
The EU Strategy for Danube Region (EUSDR or Danube Region Strategy), defined in a Communication of European Commission and accompanied by a detailed Action Plan, was adopted by the European Commission on 8 December 2010 and by the European Council on 24 June 2011.
As a macroregional development strategy, the EUSDR encompasses the whole catchment area of the River Danube with eight EU Member States and six other European states. Strategy represents framework for stronger cooperation among the countries in the region, strengthening of the Danube identity and focused approach to European Union funds.
The targets of the Danube Strategy are summarised in four pillars:
- Connecting the Danube Region
- Protecting the environment in the Danube Region
- Building prosperity in the Danube Region
- Strengthening the Danube Region
Each pillar has several priority areas. The Environment Pillar (Pillar II) sets out three priority areas:
- To restore and maintain the quality of waters (priority area 4)
- To manage environmental risks (priority area 5)
- To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils (priority area 6)
More information on EUSDR is available on the official web page of the EU Strategy for Danube Region.
Croatian Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection together with the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health is responsible for the coordination of the Priority Area 6 (PA6) To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils. The coordinators of the priority area provide support to the interested stakeholders, among others:
- network project managers and support the search for further suitable project partners throughout the Danube region
- label already financed appropriate projects as having implementation relevance for the Danube Region Strategy (“labelling”) and draw up a “Letter of Recommendation” to be presented for funding programmes for the appropriate project proposals
- connect appropriate projects on politico-strategic level and also with other priority areas, which will, together with joint public relations activities, facilitate visibility and impact of the projects.