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EU Danube Strategy approved

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On 13 April 2011, EU Member States endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. This strategy had already been adopted by the European Commission in December 2010. Around 200 priority actions will contribute to developing the area's huge economic potential and improving environmental conditions in the region.  

The strategy which concerns mainly 14 countries (115 million people) of which 8 are Member and 6 are non-EU countries, focuses on strengthening and connecting the Danube Region and on protecting the environment and building prosperity in the Danube Region. The EU has identified 11 priority areas, which will focus on improving:
  • transport connections
  • energy connections
  • the environment
  • socio-economic development
  • security
The strategy also stresses the importance of inland navigation, aiming at:
  • developing an overall draught of up to 2,5 meters (Class VIb),
  • 20% of all cargo transport on the Danube by 2020,
  • port and terminal development and 
  • multimodality and interoperability, exploiting the potential of the river as a core element in modern logistics, are crucial and a coherent RIS.
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According to Johannes Hahn, EC Commissioner for Regional Policy, the Danube Region should offer its inhabitants by 2020 an improved quality of life with more economic opportunities, more innovative companies creating jobs and a better environment and increased cultural exchanges. “Success in the Danube region will contribute to the prosperity of Europe as a whole”, he said. Execution will be done by the countries involved. Autria and Romnia will co-operate on the transpotr agenda. The Commission will monitor the implementation of the strategy and will publish a first report at the end of 2012.