EU Strategy for the Danube Region – Impulses for Competitiveness
European Union would like to develop the Danube Region in a sustainable way. The competitiveness of the companies in the Region is thereby a very important Priority Area, which is coordinated by Baden-Württemburg and Croatia – with a common goal to encourage new initiatives and to extent networks.
The first state-of-the region report on the Danube Region commissioned by the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg has compiled a series of results on the prosperity and competitiveness of the Danube Region, Entrepreneurship and SMEs as well as Cooperation and Networks. Examples of the results are:
- The Danube Region’s GDP per capita reaches around two-thirds of the level of the EU-28.
- The Danube Region has a large labour force potential but still a rather low labour productivity.
- The Danube Region has become less attractive for investors over the last couple of years.
- There is a significant level of firm dynamics leading to an increase in the number of firms in most countries.
- Although cooperation potential exists all along the Danube based on already existing structures, participation in cooperation initiatives is very uneven.
The full text of the report is available here.
Removing economic, social and spatial differences and promoting the coalescence of Europe – these are the objectives of the European structural policy. In the context of the European Territorial Cooperation programs (INTERREG V B) the EU supports transnational projects helping to reduce these disparities and supporting territorial cohesion.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure supports German project partners in developing project applications and in raising national co-finance. The revised application packages including guidelines for applicants will be published in mid-June 2014.
The next deadline for the submission of preliminary projects is 25 July 2014 and the cut-off date for co-financing projects is scheduled for 17 October 2014.
More information about the Federal funding program are available under http://www.interreg.de/INTERREG/DE/Aktuelles/NewsArchiv/News/BuproFeb_genehmProj13Call_Aufruf14Call.html?nn=577148 and from the middle of June 2014 respectively under www.interreg.de.
The Annual Forum is the main event of the year for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and its motto this year is “We grow together, together we grow”. In 2014 it is organized by the European Commission, the City and Province of Vienna and the Republic of Austria.
The Priority Area 8 “Support of Competitiveness and Cluster” is focused on Speaker Corners on the following issues:
- DanuClus – Danube Cluster Networks
- Smart SME Platform Danube Region
- Danube Chamber of Commerce Association DCCA
- Environmental Technology Network Danube Region (ETNDR)
- Technology Transfer and matchmaking for the Danube Region incl. INCO.net project
- SIRA – Development of competence centers “Intelligent and innovative rural areas in the Danube Region”
Furthermore there will be an exhibition on the issue of SEECEL www.seecel.hr.
You will find more detailed information on the web site http://danube-region.eu
Mobilization of Moldavian stakeholders within the Priority Area 8 “Competitiveness and Cluster” in the framework of the EUSDR
The 7th Steering Group Meeting of the Priority Area 8 “Competitiveness and Cluster Development” of the EUSDR was held on 8th/9th April 2014 in Chisinau/Moldova.
The meeting brought together representatives from different ministries, business organizations and academic institutions from 9 EUSDR-countries: Austria, Baden-Württemberg, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. Furthermore the Steering Group meeting was accompanied by representatives from the EU Commission and EU Delegation from Moldova.
The participants analyzed the current situation of implementation of the EUSDR especially in consideration of the Danube country Moldova and dicussed new opportunities for cooperation in order to increase competitiveness, encouraging new initiatives and expanding communication platforms in that region. The Moldavian stakeholders have shown great interest in strengthening transnational cooperation and developing projects with stakeholders from the Danube Region.
The Steering Group meeting attracted a great deal of media coverage. The television transmission of the meeting is available under the following link: