Closing conference of public consultation process on EU Strategy for Danube Region
Constanta, Tulcea (9-11 June 2010)
The European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, organize the Closing conference of the public consultation on the EU strategy for the Danube Region, in Constanta and Tulcea, during the period 9-11 June 2010.
The event is also attended by the European Commissioner for regional policy, Johannes Hahn, Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi, the Minister of Regional Development and Tourism, Elena Udrea, the Minister of Environment and Forests, László Borbély, high representatives of the countries in the Dabnube Basin and of the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, representatives of the local and central public administration, of the civil society and of the media.
After the official opening, on Wednesday, 9 June 2010, from 19.00, a joint press conference will be held. The press will have access to the plenary sessions.
The conference marks the end of the series of events destined for public consultation on the EU strategy for the Danube Region. The conference will include debates on the priorities and objectives to be included in the Action Plan elaborated by the European Commission, on the basis of the national contributions.
In this context, three working groups will take place, dedicated to debates on the three priority areas of the Strategy - connectivity, environmental protection and socio-economic development. The participants at the conference will present ideas for projects of national interest or of territorial cooperation, to be developed under the auspices of the Danube Strategy and to contribute to the sustainable development of the region.
In addition, to identify the potential financial or logistical implementation tools of the Strategy, a round table of businessmen will be organised in the second day of the event.
Within the conference, the European Commission organises a documentation visit to the Danube Delta, on Friday, 11 June 2010.
The EU Strategy for the Danube region is a regional cooperation project promoted by Romania and Austria at the EU level. The European Commission was invited by the European Council of 18-19 June 2009 to develop a "EU Strategy for the Danube region” by the end of 2010. In this respect, it proposed the launch and the organisation of a public consultation during which conferences, seminars and roundtables were held in all riparian states. The result of these consultations lies in the elaboration by the European Commission, and the submission - in partnership with the littoral states -, of a Communication on the EU Strategy for the Danube region, as well as of an Action Plan.
The strategy will be implemented from the first half of 2011 and will be structured along three priorities: connectivity, environmental protection and socio-economic development.
In 2010, the riparian states organised a series of conferences dedicated to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region: Germany (Kick-off conference of the public consultation process, Ulm, 1-2 February 2010), Hungary (Conference on the theme of social and economic development and the Danube Summit, Budapest, 25-26 February 2010), Austria - Slovakia (Conference organised in Bratislava and Vienna focusing on the field of connectivity, 20-21 April 2010), Bulgaria (Workshop dedicated to administrative capacity development and good governance, Russe, 10-11 May 2010).
More information on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is available on the website of the Foreign Ministry and on the website of the European Commission`s website at the following links: