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1 EU Strategy for the Danube: a new challenge in the context of the territorial cohesion in the SEE Bucharest, 20 January 2010 SEE Joint Technical Secretariat

2 Danube area…

3 …the SEE area

4 The financial instruments 3.337.268 (yearly) IPA 228 MEuro ERDF 1.000.000 ENPI

5 P1. Facilitation of innovation and entrepreneurship P2. Protection and improvement of the environment P3. Improvement of the accessibility P4. Development of transnational synergies for sustainable growth areas 44,051,1577,773,73451,824,89185% 53,739,8289,483,49963,223,32785% 55,160,8349,734,26564,895,09985% 41,338,3297,294,99948,633,32885% ERDF Nat. Pub. Contr. Total % IPA 2 nd CfP 228,576,645.00 EUR 4,333,383.80 EUR The Programme budget

6 StatusSubmitted EoIsEligible EoIsInvited EoIsEligible AFsApproved Overall809615957140 Rate100%76.02%11.74%8.78%4.94% ERDF req.N.A.957.842.479168.674.925128.753.79276.628.855 RateN.A.419%74%56%34% Results of the 1 st Call for proposals

7 The “Danube” projects AcronymAoIShort description DANUBE FLOODRISK2.1 Management and forecast of flood risk WANDA2.2 Ship waste management along the Danube DANUBEPARKS2.3 Conservation of natural heritage of Danube river NEWADA3.1 Improvement of physical accessibility of waterway infrastructure NELI3.2 Cooperation for know-how sharing and innovation in inland navigation DONAUREGIONEN+4.2 Developing a joint Danube Regions Development strategy DATOURWAY4.2 Development of tourism

8 Umbrella project – collection of partners from different countries with hardly related problems / activities into a partnership under vague objectives; Inventing a problem - that is not really relevant on transnational level, but based on local needs of PPs forming a partnership The failures: lack of transnationality

9 Proposal narrowly focused with little impact on SEE area – solving the problems of a fish species in Danube (there are other programmes) – International cultural festival (not promotion of use of cultural values for development) Pure research and technology development - without clear links to other actors (public administration /industry) – more concrete, tangible results expected! The failures: missing objectives

10 Unclear problem definition; Poorly defined / articulated objectives (SMART); Lack of coherence - problems – objectives – activities – outputs / results (LOGFRAME); Inconsistent bunch of WPs; General descriptions - poor definitions, missing concrete indicators / measurements; Unrealistic objectives, activities, outputs, results (20% increase of employment, etc.) Outputs and Results confused Limited next steps planning The failures: poor planning

11 Communicating about EUSDR in the framework of the SEE Programme

12 We can have less application failures if we: communicate better! communicate sooner (than later)! communicate in a balanced manner! = need for a pro-active approach !

13 SEE – complex and diverse area SEE Programme - complex and diverse instrument – aims to improve cohesion, stability and competitiveness of the region. – helps to promote better integration between the Member States, candidate and potential candidate countries and neighbouring countries – supports projects which are covering the whole area but also which are aimed to develop specific sub-areas as Black Sea, Adriatic, Aegean, Charpatian, Danubian, – provides a suitable framework to take to a practical level the political cooperation that has been achieved so far among the Danube countries and to explore new opportunities to promote cooperation among countries in the region = complex and diverse communication !!!

14 EUSDR: important topic – adding to what already is an extremely interesting and varied programme How can the SEE Programme be involved? How does EUSDR reflect upon the current / the future projects? What kind of input would be useful? What type of information is needed for a start? How to connect the right stakeholders and communicate towards /with them? What lessons can be learnt from the SEE programme / projects management for the Danube Strategy?

15 SEE pro-active approach: “prepare the ground” for the strategy : – Awareness-building and information: raising awareness of the Danube Strategy among the beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries, other stakeholders. – Identifying relevant projects, in order to show the added- value of SEE cooperation projects for the regional development of the Danube area.

16 Some communication challenges Inform about the strategy (timely, correctly); Provide balanced information: the SEE Programme is not only about the Danube – on the other hand it is in a special position, as it does cover almost the entire EUSDR area (Germany to be included within the 20% flexibility rule); Integrate some elements related to the strategy in future programme communication; Involve the current projects on Danube: project results and achievements of cooperation Attract potential projects that are in line with the Strategy to apply in our Programme (without prejudicing projects on other topics);

17 The existing projects Highlight their added-value for the regional development of the Danube area Cooperating with each-other – joint events, joint actions for a more powerful impact / the bigger picture

18 Some examples of planned project actions WANDA – River shows in ports of the participating countries; NEWADA – Danube Information Services Conference DATOURWAY - Transnational conference: Big River and Network building Donauregionen - website featuring a GIS server Module: enables presentation of GIS data and supports elaboration of geographic analysis

19 The future / potential projects Inform about the Strategy at our events (Annual event, Lead Applicant seminars, Lead Partner seminars etc.) Encourage projects related to the Strategy to apply to our programme (in line with the characteristics of the future calls)

20 Connecting (with) the stakeholders Cooperation between the programmes / projects involved in the strategy (common events, exchange of experience) Addressing relevant thematic issues in a cooperation context and facilitating the exchange of information

21 THANK YOU! Lelia Rotaru Communications Manager South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme Joint Technical Secretariat E-mail:;

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