10 years of EUSDR

The EUSDR-initiative has significantly improved and influenced cross-border exchange and transnational problem solving in a positive and sustainable way.

Die Donau fließt durch eine hügelige Landschaft

In 2021, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) celebrates its 10th anniversary: 10 years of transnational cooperation in the fields of mobility and transport, energy, tourism and culture, protection of water, nature and biodiversity, education and labour market, competitiveness, strengthening of institutional cooperation and security.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region is a macro-regional strategy for territorial cooperation and regional cohesion among selected countries. It was established on the initiative of Austria and Romania in 2010 and was also adopted by 7 other EU member states (Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria), the 3 EU candidate countries of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, and the 2 EU neighbouring countries of Moldova and Ukraine in 2011.

By integrating national and regional policies, the EUSDR provides an excellent framework to strengthen transnational cooperation in solving cross-border problems and issues which are more effectively addressed and dealt with jointly than individually by the participating countries. It does so by promoting long-term cooperation between policy-makers, public administration, the social partners, research institutions, universities, NGOs, businesses, and international and local institutions in the Danube region and by acting as a contact point for EU, national and regional funding for the implementation of projects.

Major role of Vienna

The City of Vienna has played a major role in the establishment of the EUSDR and is thus one of the pioneers of the strategy. It is particularly active in the priority area of "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" and attaches major emphasis to improving the efficiency and transparency of public administration at all levels, promoting the involvement of local stakeholders and civil society, and ensuring funding options for the strategy.

Furthermore, the City of Vienna and the Romanian Ministry for Regional Development have run the Danube Strategy Point (DSP) since 2018. The DSP is the central, strategic contact point to support key stakeholders in the Danube region, particularly the National and Priority Area Coordinators and the EU Commission. The DSP contributes significantly to the implementation of the EUSDR.

Important region to the whole of Europe

The Danube is the longest river in the European Union and with a length of 2,857 kilometers it is a major artery for transport, energy and cultural exchange. Moreover, it is a unique natural habitat. The EUSDR connects 14 countries and 115 million people from the source of the Danube in the Black Forest to its mouth in the Black Sea - a region, which is of tremendous importance to the whole of Europe in terms of its size, population and economic performance.

Contact for this page:
Chief Executive Office - European and International Affairs
Contact form