One step further for the EU Danube Strategy

One step further for the EU Danube Strategy


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After an intense consultation period involving all 14 Danube countries as well as stakeholder groups, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is entering the final stages of completion and is expected to be adopted by the College of EU Commissioners on 14 December in the form of a Communication on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

The Danube Strategy itself will comprise two main documents: a Communication from the European Commission to the other institutions, which will set the scene and provide the overall framework for the future Strategy, and an Action Plan, which will be the main ‘roadmap’ for the years to come listing concrete actions to turn words into action. The Strategy is expected to be endorsed by Member States under the Hungarian EU Presidency in the first half of 2011.

“The ICPDR is clearly identified as an active partner and forum for issues and goals of the Danube Strategy related to water,” explains Philip Weller, Executive Secre tary of the ICPDR Secretariat. “Being the platform for implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive the ICPDR is ready to take on responsibilities for the water agenda of the Danube Strategy together with EU member states who will act as priority area coordinators for the two elements of the strategy dealing with water.”

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Jasmine Bachmann is the Editor of Danube Watch

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