The Danube is the river with the highest number of bordering countries, but has also a large concentration of capital cities and metropolitan areas, which gives the Danube Region potential for becoming one of the most dynamic, competitive and thriving macro-regions of the European Union in the 21st century.
It is of utmost importance to integrate regional and local administrations, cities and civil society into the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region at all levels and within every Priority Area. The practical involvement of these organisational levels and institutions still has to gather momentum in order to make the Strategy a success and strengthen its multi-level governance.
Therefore, one of the main aims of Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is to set up the “Urban Platform Danube Region”, uniting as many cities, city networks and associations in the Danube Region as possible in order to enhance their ownership within the implementation process of the EUSDR and gearing their joint efforts towards the targets of the EU2020 strategy and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This should at the same time strengthen their leadership role in the region and give them a common voice within the EUSDR. The Urban Platform Danube Region does not want to replace the many existing networks, but to provide them with the macro-regional approach as well as with the opportunity of an open information exchange process related to both policy and project development. The Urban Platform Danube Region is a joint initiative of Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity & Cooperation" of the EUSDR and the Council of Danube Cities and Regions.