The EU Strategy for the development of the Danube Region – Edition II

International Forum, Romanian Parliament Palace, Bucharest, 28th – 29th of October 2013

The event organized at the initiative of the European Commission and Romanian Government, brought together 1200 participants, representatives of the governments of the 14 countries in the Danube region, European institutions (European Commission, Committee of the Regions), and representatives of the regions and cities of the Danube region, academics, business, civil society and NGOs.

The debated themes in the plenary sessions were relate to the role of the Danube Strategy in respect of economic growth and job creation, balancing economic development with ecology and environmental risk management, financing EUSDR projects in the future European financial framework 2014-2020.

Thematic parallel sessions was structured according to the four pillars of the Danube Strategy: connectivity, protecting the environment, development based on the new technologies and benefiting all inhabitants, a region that is as attractive as it is efficient and safe.

The forum aimed to reflect strategy’s means of helping the states of the Danube region cope with the common current challenges and how it helps to reinvigorate the economy.

Among the high level speakers of the forum, we mention the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn and European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş.