BLUE DANUBE - Danube Transnational Programme: Key instrument for supporting water as a transnational resource Bucharest, 29th September 2016
is an EU funded programme to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region. It comprises 14 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany – Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria-, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine – partly).
The Danube Transnational Programme is a financing instrument of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg. ETC is one of the goals of the European Union cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States.
The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region through policy integration in selected fields.
In order to achieve a higher degree of territorial integration of the very heterogeneous Danube region, the transnational cooperation programme acts as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs in specific policy fields where transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results.
Considering its geographical coverage, this highly complex programme provides a political dimension to transnational cooperation which is unique in Europe, successfully facing challenges such as ensuring good mechanisms to contract partners who receive funding from different EU instruments.
The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) are sought.
The total programme budget is 262 989 839 million euros, including the EU support (221 924 597,00 €) and the national counterpart (41 065 242,00 €).
The EU support comes from three different funds:
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (202 095 405,00 €)
- Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) (19 829 192,00 €)
- European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) (tbd)
Selected projects are financed up to 85% of their costs.
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The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) gathers one of the highest numbers of participating countries among all the European Territorial Cooperation programmes: 9 EU countries and 5 non-EU countries, having the same geographical scope than the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
With the aim to achieve a higher degree of territorial cohesion of the very heterogeneous Danube region, Danube Transnational Programme will act as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs in specific policy fields. In those fields, transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results whereby strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) will be sought.
The cooperation programme is structured across four priority axes:
Priority axis 1: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Priority axis 2: Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Priority axis 3: Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Priority axis 4: Well governed Danube region
In the 2016 edition of the DTP Annual Event, the selected theme was ‘Transnational management, use and valorisation of water related resources’. The selected 2016 theme was conceived from an integrated perspective interlinked with the four priority axes of the Danube Transnational Programme, thus the following aspects of water management were tackled:
- Innovative solutions for Transnational Water Management
- Transnational Water Management for a sustainable future
- Environmentally-friendly transport systems: waterborne transport
- Strengthening transnational multi-level governance for better Water management
Concerning the format, a general session about the Danube Transnational Programme and how it tackles the selected theme was followed by parallel workshops covering different aspects of Transnational Water Management. The event participants had the opportunity to join one of the parallel workshops organised by the JS members along with thematic experts. A Partner-search area gave participants the opportunity to check some project ideas and offer themselves as potential partners of future proposals.
The 2016 Annual Event BLUE DANUBE - Danube Transnational Programme: Key instrument for supporting water as a transnational resource provided a platform for networking opportunities, exchanging best practices and experience and building partnerships between the main programme stakeholders and other actors representing national, regional and local authorities in the Danube region. In total, around 250 people coming from different countries of the Danube Region participated in.The event took place in Bucharest, being Romania the charing country of the programme this year.
All the details about the event, including all presentations, a selection of photos and a video showing all plenary sessions and some images of the parallel workshops are available in the event specific website: www.dtpevent.eu.