Presentation on theme: "Macro-regions in the EU - towards a Danube Strategy"— Presentation transcript:
1 Macro-regions in the EU - towards a Danube Strategy Nathalie VerscheldeDG Regional Policy27 October 2009
2 Macro-region…?An area including territory from a number of different countries or regionsassociated with one or more common features or challengesA macro-region will involve several regions in several countriesbut the number of MS should be significantly fewer then in the Union as a whole
3 Macro-region strategy…? An integrated framework that allows the European Union and Member States to identify needs and allocate available resources thus enabling a macro-region to enjoy sustainable environment and optimal economic and social development.
4 Baltic sea macro-region strategy - why? Initial movement from MS – MEP – state of the waterCommitment on highest political levelExisting institutions/networks not yielding anticipated resultsBetter alignment of policy development at the European level, at the Baltic levelBetter co-operation at macro-region levelMechanism to focus attention and resources on agreed priorities and project, not necessarily requiring new funding
5 Baltic sea macro-region strategy - how? Policy development: European Council Coordination, monitoring and follow-up: European Commission Member State or equivalent to coordinate Priority Areas; Ministry, agency, or other body to lead flagship projects Simple implementation system: making better use of existing institutions, funding, and legislation. Annual Forum with stakeholders No new institutions, no new funding, no new legislation
6 Baltic sea macro-region strategy - how? Analytical report on the Baltic Sea RegionRolling EU Action Plan for Baltic Sea Region:- Actors responsibleConcrete actions to address challenges- Deadlines- Regular reviews70 actions, 80 flagship projectsBetter use of existing funding, esp. via EU programmes at all levels but also national, regional, local, IFIs, private sector
7 Danube macro-region strategy – how? Ingredients (lessons learned from the Baltic Sea exercice):Move from political statements to action;Simple / straightforward approach needed;Integrated approach (not compartmentalised);Use the strong potential for improvement;Stakeholder involvement essential.
8 Danube macro-region strategy – the story so far ? Summer 2008 : Joint letter AT and RO asking for more coordination of policies and programmes on DanubeOct 2008 : yes letter from Pres. Barroso + Commissioner Huebner's proposal for strategyEarly 2009 – idea gathers momentum, many statements and eventsJune 2009 – Council Conclusions request EC to coordinate a Danube Strategy1 October 2009 – DG Regional Policy as coordinator
9 Danube macro-region strategy – the next steps ? Going backwards:Spring 2011 :Presidency Conclusions then HU Presidency first half 2011Sep 2010-Dec 2010: adoption of strategy and launch (ISC, adoption procedure, launch)Apr 2010-Sep 2010: validation of a first draft (esp with MS)Jan-April 2010: formal discussion phase (Stakeholder Conferences, Thematic roundtables, Web consultation)Sep 2009-Dec 2009: start up phase and informal discussions (ad-hoc workshops, meetings)
10 Danube macro-region strategy – What ? This is principally to be discussed and agreed with the MS, but we have had some thoughts:Connectivity – access to and from Danube, transportation on the Danube, energy connectionsEnvironment – water quality, biodiversity, risk prevention and managementUnlocking the potential – economic development, education, culture
11 Danube macro-region strategy – what else or what more ? This is for all of us to contribute to…