On 2 June 2015 the European Commission unveiled the results of the public consultation on the EU Urban Agenda during the 2ndEuropean CITIES Forum, in Brussels. The consultation shows that Europe can help cities address common challenges and, in turn, contribute to the Commission's priorities such as a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.The consultation shows a clear demand by stakeholders for more coordination between all of the EU policies with an urban dimension.
The Council of Danube Cities and Regions, in cooperation with PAC10 and the Urban Platform danube Region delivered a coherent position, that is mentioned in the EC's staff document.
The 2nd meeting of the advisory committee of the Danube Local Actors Platform (D-LAP) was held on 13 May 2015 in Vienna. It is the main body and gateway for the civil society towards the EUSDR. It made relevant conclusions on the 2nd EUSDR Participation Day to be held on 28 October in Ulm (Germany), back-to-back with th4 4th Annual Forum of the EUSDR.
The second call for project proposals of the initiative START – Danube Region Project Fund has been officially launched. The call will be open from the 20th of May until the 8th of July 2015. All relevant documents for the application can be found in the START section until the 6th of July 2015.
Due to the great success of the Technical Assistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) initiative, the European Commission decided to launch a second phase of TAF-DRP with a third call. The call will be open from the 20th May until the 26th of June 2015. Application documents and information are available on the TAF-DRP section until the 24th of June 2015.
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat is launching a Call for Proposals to sub-grant projects with an Eastern Partnership regional dimension that will contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the EaP CSF. This call aims to support the work of the five thematic Working Groups of the EaP CSF. The Call for Re-granting Proposals 2015 – Guide for Applicants describes the priorities for each Working Group and the application process.
Any project funded through this Call for Proposals should cover at least three EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with the aim of developing results with a regional perspective. A project proposal template and budget template are available for potential applicant organisations to make the application process more convenient.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 10 May 2015.
Based on the success of the previous Danube Financing Dialogues the fourth event of this series will take place in the inspiring Croatian State Archives in Zagreb on the 23rd and 24th April 2015.
The 4th Danube Financing Dialogue will be dedicated to offering private and public project promoters the opportunity to identify financing opportunities in the Danube Region. This year’s focus is all about promising projects: Particularly unique and relevant projects for the Danube Region will be selected and presented at the project exhibition on 23rd April. Project promoters, financiers, representatives of funding agencies and high level public actors will be given the chance to learn more about the projects. The project promoters will be offered a number of match-making opportunities comprising business-to business meetings and other formal and informal networking activities.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has launched a Call for Proposals for projects targeting the priorities of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated up to 90 000 €for small projectsimplemented by the civil society organizationsin Partner countries in 2015. Applying organizations should come preferably from Partner countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The projects should concentrate on priorities of the 1st, 4th and 5th Working Groups of the Civil Society Forum which are:
DANUBE TRANSNATIONAL: The new programme with the same geographical scope as the Danube Region has created a partner search platform which can be found here.
CENTRAL EUROPE: The first call was started on 12 February 2015. The call closes on 13 April 2015. Please find more information here.
Alpine Space: The first call started on 25 February 2015. The programme area complies with the one of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). More information can be found here.
Adrion: Like the DANUBE TRANSNATIONAL, the Adrion programme complies with the geographical scope of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Regaion (EUSAIR), which partially overlaps with the Danube Region. More information can be found here.
An evaluation of the first phase of the Pilot Initiative Technical Asssistance Facility for Danube Region Projects (TAF-DRP) was conducted in the period October-December 2014. The results and recommendations of the evaluators (dsn, Germany) will be used for shaping the second phase of TAF-DRP, which will run in 2015-2016.
At the occasion of the Eurocities conference on 5-7 November 2014 in Munich, PA 10 presented the Urban Platform Danube Region to a wide range of diverse stakeholders of European cities. One of the aims of the UPDR is to provide Danube cities and metropolitan regions with a common voice within the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), and respond to specific urban challenges in the Danube Region.
Kurt Puchinger, the Coordinator of Priority Area "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) on behalf of the City of Vienna, has received the price "Danube Flower", which is awarded every year by the Central Development Forum (CEDEF). The price was handed over by Michael Davenport, head of the EU delegation to Serbia. Puchinger received it for his merit for project implementation related to the EUSDR. The price was awarded in the framework of the third Danube Business Forum, which took place on 27-29 October 2014 in Novi Sad and Belgrade.
In his speech, Puchinger highlighted the efforts of the City of Vienna to implement the EUSDR. He gave a brief overview of the successes and positive experiences of the EUSDR, as well as the challenges for the upcoming years.