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Brief information about the status and prospects of Ukraine's participation in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region версія для друку RSS facebook
07.02.2013 | 16:12 | Department of cooperation with international financial organizations and coordination of international technical assistance

The European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was adopted on December 8, 2010 by the European Commission. 

  The EUSDR aims to provide the infrastructure, environmental, socio-economic and institutional development of the region.

  Geographically the EUSDR conserns 14 countries:

-       EU members: Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Austria, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria;

-         non-EU members - Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

  Action Plan is the important additional part to the EUSDR and defines 11 priority areas with distinct fields of actions listed below:

 

   1) to improve mobility and multimodality

   1a) Inland waterways (Austria, Romania)

   1b) Rail, road and air transport (Slovenia, Serbia)

 

·   provide the  navigation on the Danube River during 300 days per  year by 2020;

·  increase the cargo transport on the river by 20% by 2020 compared to 2010;

·   provide rail connections between all the capitals of the region by 2030 (estimated speed of trains 120 km/h).

 

   2) to encourage more sustainable energy (Hungary, Czech Republic)

• reduce gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990;

increase  usage of renewable energy by 20% compared to 1990;

• approaching the 20% increasing rate of  energy efficiency compared to 1990.

 

   3) to promote culture and tourism, people to people contacts (Bulgaria, Romania)

 increase the number of tourists to the region by 50% by 2020 compared to 2010;

 • increase cruise tourism by 50% by 2020 compared to 2010.

 

                  4) to restore and maintain the quality of waters (Hungary, Slovakia)

• reduce nutrient waste pollution by 20% by 2020 compared to 2010;

• reduce pollution by organic substances by 20% by 2020 compared to 2010;

• 80% of the residential pool areas must be connected with the cleaning systems  by 2020;

• 80% of the water resources of the Danube should be inviting for swimming by 2020.

 

   5) to manage environmental risks (Hungary, Romania)

• complete and adopt the Plan of the Danube River development by 2013;

• reduce the risk of flooding by 25% by 2020.

 

   6) to preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils (Germany, Croatia)

• increase the area of national parks by 20% by 2020 compared to 2010;

• increase diversity of fish species by 50%.

 

 

   7) to develop the knowledge society through research, education and information technologies ((Slovakia, Serbia)

increase the total public and private investment in research and technological development spheres  by 50% by 2020;

• ensure 80% implementation of broadband Internet access by 2013.

 

   8) to support the competitiveness of enterprises, including cluster development (Germany, Croatia)

• increase internal trade by 50% by 2020 compared to 2010;

• increase by 50% the number of issued patents.

 

   9) to invest in people and skills (Austria, Moldova)

• ensure that 30% of young people aged 30-34   complete higher education by 2020;

increase by 2 times the level of population income by 2020.

 

   10) to step up institutional capacity and cooperation (Austria, Slovenia)

• reduce the period of business registration procedure to 4 weeks by 2020.

 

   11) to work together to promote security and tackle organized and serious crime (Germany, Bulgaria)

• have an effective information exchange system between 14 countries in the region by 2015;

• implement an effective law enforcement cooperation to combat organized crime by 2015.

 

   Regarding funding of the Strategy realization

  EUSDR projects can be implemented within funds of existing EU technical assistance programmes and international financing institutions or/and national budgets.

  Ukrainian side in its letters to the European Commission has raised the issue of equal financial opportunities for EU Member States and non-EU countries.

  The participation of UA side at the EUSDR meetings in 2012 has resulted in:

- the allocation of 20% resources of the European Regional Development Fund for financing the projects, which will be realized on the territories of  non-EU countries;

- extending of UA partners access to resources of European groupings of territorial cooperation;

- the development of the new Danube Transnational Cooperation Programme, where will be foreseen funds for projects realization in the framework of the EUSDR. 

 

   Legal base of EUSDR implementation in Ukraine

  The First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine A. Maksiuta was appointed as the National coordinator of activities related to the UA participation in the EUSDR implementation.

  The Coordination Center for UA participation in EUSDR implementation was established on September 21, 2011 according to the resolution of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 994 and chaired by the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.

 

  During the meetings of the Coordination Center were approved 22 project proposals initiated by the Ukrainian side and was discussed the state of preparation of new project proposals and estimated the possible funding sources.

  Third meeting of the Coordination Center is scheduled for 15.02.2013. More than thirty project proposals are expected to be approved at this meeting.

  The UA side has received four Letters of recommendation from Priority area coordinators for projects in the field of transport infrastructure and environment.

 

   Participation of the Ukrainian side in international events under the Strategy:

  Representatives of the UA National Contact Point and other authorities are permanently involved in important events in the framework of the EUSDR, including meetings of the national contact points and priority areas coordinators of the Strategy, meetings of the High Level Group, meetings of the foreign ministers and annual forums of the EUSDR.

  During the meetings it was discussed the results of implementation and determined next steps of the EUSDR realization, discussed new projects and identified the potential funding sources for projects realization.

 

   Meetings planned in 2013:

  - February, 14 - 5th meeting of the Priority area 7 Steering Group (Bratislava);

  - February, 15- the third meeting of the Coordination Center of UA participation in the EUSDR realization;

  - April, 16-17 - the fourth meeting of Work Groups of the Priority area 1a (Linz, Austria);

  - May, 09-10 - the fifth meeting of Steering Groups of the Priority area  3 (Ruse, Bulgaria);

  - November-December – second Annual Forum of the EUSDR realization (tbc).

 

 

 

February 2013

 

 


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