Socio-Economic Assessment of the Danube Region:

Challenges and Recommendations for cooperation towards sustainable development

A socio-economic study has been commissioned by the coordinator of Priority Area (PA) 8, located within the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg. It is financed by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and co-financed by the Ministry.

The study has been carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim together with the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW) Tuebingen and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw). The elaboration of the socio-economic study of the EUSDR was also accompanied by an Advisory Board with the following members: 

  • Dr. Christian Ketels - Harvard Business School and President of TCI
  • Prof. Dr. Miroslav Veskovic - EU COM
  • Dr. Christian Weinberger - EU COM
  • Colin Wolfe - EU-COM
  • Alain Paic  - OECD
  • Dr. Günter Hörcher - Fraunhofer IPA
  • Dr.-Ing. Stefan Dully - Continental AG

Aims of the study
One aim of the study is to analyse the current situation in the Danube Region with respect to prosperity, entrepreneurship/SMEs and cooperation activities to identify the obstacles which hinder the improvement of the situation. It is also elaborated what - in the view of regional experts and political and administrative decision makers - are sensible areas for activity which can be pursued as part of the EUSDR.

The scrutiny of the current situation with respect to the above mentioned areas, which is based on a well-founded analysis of all available empirical information to the concerned topics. In order to identify possible cooperation activities and their restrictions qualitative inquiries (e.g. focus groups, interviews, online discussion) have also been carried out so that the view of regional experts (policiy, public administration, academia, business) is incorporated into the study. 

The socio-economic assessment of the Danube Region consists of four parts:

First_Progress_Report | September 2013
Second_Progress_Report | December 2013
Final Report Part I | March 2014
Final Report Part II | November 2015 


Dr. Bettina Müller
(project leader)
Phone: +49 621 1235-352

Günther Klee
Phone: +49 7071 9896-25 

Dr. Gabor Hunya
Phone: +43 1533 6610-22



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