The General Affairs Council of the EU met on 17-18 November 2015 and adopted the following conclusions related to the Cohesion Policy:
Council Conclusion 13507/1525 years of Interreg: Its contribution to Cohesion Policy goals, stressing on the role that Interreg can play in supporting the successful delivery of existing and future EU Macro-regional Strategies as well as highlighting the institutional added value of the programme in terms of developing a culture of cooperation.
Council Conclusion 13703/15 setting out the priorities and expectations of member states regarding the simplification of the European structural and investment funds, which is a permanent challenge for beneficiaries and all bodies involved in programme management and control.
The European Commission (EC) wants to know about any obstacles you might be facing in your daily life as a European citizen living, studying, working, shopping or simply travelling within the EU as well as your ideas about how to remove these obstacles and make it simpler for you to enjoy your EU citizenship rights in your daily life.
Until 7 December 2015 EC welcomes throuch a public consultation responses from all EU citizens, organisations and other stakeholders concerned with advancing EU citizenship.
The workshop Danube Region CapaCities: Linking Danube Cities to the future of the Region was co-organized by Priority Area 10 at the 4th Annual Forum in Ulm. The workshop cought the interest of numerous participants who were involved in discussions about the role of cities and regions in the implementation of the Danube Strategy and how policies can be implemented on the ground, where people live.
More information about this workshop as well as about other events that PA10 participated in, can be found under the 4th Annual Forum item on the right side of our website.
We proudly present the new PA10 brochure! It provides an overview of the different initiatives launched by PA10 to enhance institutional capacity and cooperation in the Danube Region. The digital version is available for download.
The 4th Annual Forum of the EUSDR took place in Ulm, Germany, on October 29 and 30 2015. The event consisted of 4 thematic sessions, more than 30 workshops and panel discussions, as well as numerous exhibition stands that presented different aspects of the Strategy’s implementation.
The workshops held by PA10 on Danube Region CapaCities, Building institutional and administrative capacities in the Danube Region on a transnational and cross-border basis, and the Ukraine in/and the EUSDR, were well attended. More information about the speeches, discussions and outcomes of these workshops and other side-events that PA10 participated in can be found under the 4th Annual Forum item on the right side of our website. At the PA10 stand, the four pilot initiatives TAF-DRP, EuroAccess, DFD and START were presented as well as UPDR.
Many project holders and beneficiaries of START and TAF funding made use of this opportunity to meet up with the Implementing Body at the stand.
The 4th Annual Forum of the EUSDR thus turned out to be a great success. Many thanks to all participants!
We are looking forward to seeing you again 2016 in Bratislava!
The Commission provides support to Member States in order to help them make the best possible use of the Cohesion Policy funding, and to address problems with implementation. This support has been reinforced for the 2014-2020 funding period through the following instruments, which mainly concern the EU Member States in the Danube Region:
Exchanges of regional experts (TAIEX peer-to-peer)
The Executive Secretariat of Central European Initiative (CEI ES) proposes to act as an associated strategic partner for projects proposals in the Danube Transnational Programme for the new funding period 2014-2020. The CEI, having 13 out of the 14 countries of the Danube macro-region, is an international organization serving as an intergovernmental forum for support of the European integration.
Through its Executive Secretariat, CEI developed a project-oriented approach. Based on its long-lasting activity of regional cooperation allowing for best practices assessment and development of well-established networks in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the CEI ES is able to provide added value of experience sharing and to support EU project applications and subsequent implementation.
The European Commission invests almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme, by following a new Work Programme for 2016-17 adopted on 13 October 2015.
The new Work Programme 2016-17 offers funding opportunities through a range of calls for proposals covering nearly 600 topics among which Infrastructure, Innovation in SMEs, Inclusive Societies, Resource Efficiency etc., reflecting the EU's long-term priorities and the most pressing societal challenges. It will also ensure that more money is available for innovative companies and SMEs.
The adopted Working Programme is now available on the Participant Portal. You can find the open calls for proposals and the Manual for Horizon 2020 at the following link.
The latest eNewsltter of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) informs about the recent call on the EU for further efforts to strengthen cross-border cooperation and improve mobility. Cities and regions on the borders can benefit form the synergies of joint projects, however, the cross-border and transnational programmes need to be simplified.
The eNewsletter further informs about 6th European Conference on Public Communication, about the need of Migration policy that tackles problems faced by cities and regions and many other related news.
An annual National Hearing in Serbia, under the Danube Local Actors Platform of PA10, will take place on 20 October 2015 under the title “Status Quo and Outlook” and will be hosted by the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Novi Sad. The event is part of the initiative of PA10 for inclusion and empowerment of the civil society through national hearings in each of the EUSDR countries, organized with the participation of the EUSDR managing and implementation bodies.
After the event has been held already in Austria, Ukraine and Bulgaria, we invite all relevant stakeholders, representatives of Civil Society, Academia, Cultural Institutions, Local Authorities, SMEs in Serbia, to join this national fora for information exchange and enhance the national participatory culture. Please, find the preliminary agenda for the event here.
The European Commission (EC) has launched a Public consultation Overcoming obstacles in border regions with the aim to collect opinions from citizens, businesses and public administrations on what are the obstacles in the implementation of cross-border projects and how to overcome them. Numerous legal and administrative burdens still exist within Interreg programme and hinder the spending of the funds. Such initiative is directly linked to PA10 thematic action of facilitating the administrative cooperation of communities in border regions.
Until 21 December 2015, you, as a member of the civil society, business, organization or public administration are entitled to speak out your opinion by filling the online public consultation. The conclusions will provide an overview of the persisting obstacles and feed into a study aiming to produce practical suggestions on how the EU can ease remaining border challenges.
The 4th Annual Forum "Smart, social, sustainable - Innovation for the Danube Region" of the EUSDR will take place on 29 October and 30 October 2015 at the Trade Fair Ulm, Germany. The registration is now open until 15 October 2015 and all the latest information is available at the 4th Annual Forum website.
This is one of the most important events hosted by the European Commission, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Ulm where more than 1000 participants are expected and various topics among which innovation, labor mobility, civil society participation, and professional training will be addressed.
Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” is a co-organizer of two workshops - “Danube Region CapaCities: Linking Danube Cities to the future of the Region” on 29 October 2015, 14.00-17.30 and “Building institutional and administrative capacities in the Danube Region on a transnational and cross-border basis” on 30 October 2015, 9.30:11.00. More information about our panelists and speakers can be found in the attached preliminary agenda.
Register for our workshops before the capacity limits are reached by clicking here.
PA10 will also take part in side events such as the 2nd Participation Day ''Shared heritage-Common future" for civil society actors, scheduled on 28 October 2015 (separate registration required) and in the 8th European Conference of Danube Cities and Regions on 29 October 2015.
As one of the coordinators of EUSDR Priority Area 7 (Knowledge Society: Research, Education and ICT) the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (MESR) was mandated by the European Commission to issue and execute the tender for a feasibility study for the Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund (DRRIF).
The main objective of the study was the analyses of possibilities to support research and innovation activities in the Danube Region. The study also includes information on absorption capacities of research and development in the Danube area, potential cooperation of the Danube countries with existing grant schemes and analysis of potential research priorities in the region. It is a basis for further acceleration of cooperation of the Danube countries in the area of research and innovation.
The study has been prepared by EY Slovakia, supported by MESR and the DRIIF Working Group of Priority Area 7.
The second Summit Meeting on the Western Balkans was held on 27 August 2015 in Vienna within the 'Berlin Process' framework. Among the discussed priorities were transport and energy connectivity, enhancing youth mobility, rule of law, migration.
In order to enhance their dialogue, the 8 Western Balkan countries have expressed their willingness to make full use of the relevant regional initiatives such as the EU macro-regional strategies for the Danube and the Adriatic-Ionian regions, an opportunity that is open for them due to the importance that they put in topics presented as priorities for the macro-regional strategies.
Particular attention has been given to the efforts for improving the living conditions in the region and increasing the trust in well-functioning institutions. Further to that priority is added the enhancement of economic policy and its governance in the Western Balkan countries. It was also recognized that the involvment of the social partners is crucial for the ongoing economic reform process in the region. It was suggested that civil society should be made an additional important element of the Berlin Process, as civil society contributions should be present in the EU integration process of the Western Balkan countries.
The second Participation Day of the EUSDR will be held on 28 October 2015 in Ulm (Germany), back-to-back with the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSDR on 29-30 October 2015. The Participation Day is one of the main tools in order to include civil society in the governance structure of the Strategy, and strengthening civil society structures in the Danube Region is key when it comes to stepping up institutional capacity and cooperation. Together with the Danube Civil Soceity Forum, PA10 calls for making the Participation Day a recurring element of each of the Annual Fora. With the Danube Local Actors Platform, PA10 has elaborated consistent arguments and a road map for civil society involvement on the basis of the added value of the EUSDR.
The Participation Day will be organised by ILEU association. Please find more information on The Participation Day here.
TAF-DRP: The TAF-DRP call was launched parallel to the 2nd START Call on May 20th 2015, closing date was June 26th 2015. We received 22 applications, representing 9 PAs and 12 Danube Reagion Countries. START:
The second call of “START ” was open from May 20th 2015 until July 8th 2015. In total 205 applications were submitted via the Online Application Tool. We received applications from all Danube Region Countries and within all Priority Areas.
More details to the results of the calls are provided in the TAF-DRP and START section.