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
Geographically the EUSDR conserns 14 countries:
EU members: Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Austria,
the Slovak Republic,
the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Slovenia, Romania
- 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
waterways (Austria, Romania)
1b) Rail, road
and air transport (Slovenia,
· 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;
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;
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;
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
• 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,
complete and adopt the Plan of the Danube
River development by
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
9) to invest in people and skills (Austria,
• ensure that 30% of young people
aged 30-34 complete higher education by
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
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
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
- 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.
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
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.
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,
- 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).