6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR



In order to make the Forum as interactive as possible and encourage a dialogue between the various stakeholders, a number of workshops will be organised as part of the main programme of the event. The workshops will emphasise some of the key challenges and perspectives pertaining to the following overarching themes: energy security, infrastructure development, clean connectivity, the EUSDR and its relation to non-EU member countries, the DTP capitalisation strategy, the present and future of the Danube Transnational Programme, and financing mechanisms under the EUSDR. Concisely articulated, the objective of the Annual Forum is to provide some answers to the following question: how can we best transform political commitments into operational policies and measures?


Wednesday, 18 October


14:00 – 16:00

Regional Energy security (Bartók room)

 Within the context of the Energy Union meeting its 2020 goals, this panel is set to identify recommendations on the policy, infrastructure and market aspects of Danube Region’s energy markets. It will look into: 1) what opportunities the new European-level energy regulations bring to deepening energy cooperation between Danube countries, 2) how the future role of Ukraine as a transit country will look like and how this affects the other Danube Region countries, 3) how the existing regulatory and institutional framework can be more harmonized, 4) is technology an answer to chronic dependency on imported gas.


14:00 – 16:00

Regional Infrastructure Development (Brahms room)

Significant network planning activities were carried out by the Member states over the past years. The Corridor Workplans define the path for realizing the TEN-T core network corridors until 2030, with the objective of creating a network capable to connect local traffic flows between themselves and to the international flows. Such infrastructural developments would simultaneously strengthen the logistical capabilities of the region and thus contribute to the dynamic economic sustainable growth of the area crossed by these TEN-T corridors. Increase of regional connectivity, especially in the border regions, is also indispensable for economic and social development, which relies on small-scale cross-border infrastructure developments, in which coordinated cooperation is essential.

With an increasing urbanization rate, cities are now more than ever engines of economic growth, employment and competitiveness. Many cities also carried out extensive work in order to prepare/update their urban mobility plans. Urban areas will indeed have to respond to growing mobility needs and ensure the seamless interconnection of transport modes, but at the same time tackle issues such as urban/petri-urban congestion, poor air quality, exposure to noise and road safety. This is key to ensuring a more sustainable development of Europe’s urban areas and at the same time makes sure urban areas properly support the construction and intelligent use of the European transport network.

Against this background, participants could identify what are the jointly identified developments in the area; synchronize the timing and scale of investments. Are there any missing links? How can the network planning work be further strengthened? What are good practices for sustainable urban mobility in the region? How these plans will drive the sector towards low-emission goals? How to promote integrated strategies, platform(s) for exchange of experience, market places for public and private actors concerned (including the promotion of joint clean public procurement), drawing on existing experiences, such as Interreg projects?


14:00 – 16:00

Clean Connectivity (Lehár room)

 The panel will present the perspectives of clean transportation in the region and will focus on the potential of the Region in terms of shifting the transportation sector more towards environmentally friendly fuels. It will look into: 1) how the EUSDR countries can contribute to reaching a more sustainable transport sector, 2) whether a sufficient infrastructure is currently available to cope with the shift, 3) what best practices exist that could be followed and 4) how the differences between EU and non-EU countries in terms of clean connectivity be identified and bridged.


14:00 – 16:00

EUSDR and the involvement of its non-EU member countries (Liszt room)

 This workshop is meant to provide a political platform where the current and future collaboration between the EUSDR and the participating non EU countries can be discussed. The workshop will present ways in which political, institutional and financial ties can be strengthened in the coming period. Furthermore, it will also focus on presenting the practical aspects of the cooperation, namely project ideas and project financing, where the Danube Transnational Programme, some CBC and similar programs will also showcase their funding options.


Thursday, 19 October


10:30 – 11:30

Danube Transnational Programme Capitalisation  - Thematic Polls 1-12 (Plenary, Bartók, Lehár and Brahms rooms)

 In order to strengthen the links between projects and other stakeholders working on similar topics, to exploit and consolidate one another's achievements, and create a higher leverage effect and impact, the Danube Transnational Programme has created a Capitalisation Strategy. The main objective of this interactive session is to strengthen the networking capacity of the involved projects/stakeholders through the creation of a platform for discussion. This might result in the enlargement of the already-created thematic poles of projects to other projects, programmes, initiatives and stakeholders in general (e.g. policy makers). Gaps on topics will be addressed and discussed; potentials for synergy will be found among stakeholders sharing the same interests.


10:30 – 11:30

Danube Transnational Programme: Present and Future

 The workshop aims at discussing the achievements of the Danube Transnational Programme (hereinafter: DTP) and the possible improvements for the future taking into account future calls as well. The discussion will be based on the points defined by the different keynote speakers at the plenary session preceding the workshop. A panel of experts from the European Commission, the Programme, the EUSDR and from past and future projects will provide insight on how transnational programmes (and the DTP in particular) function, their strengths and added value compared to other types of financing instruments. Gaps and challenges will be highlighted, as well as potential suggested improvements. Participants will be given the opportunity to provide their feedback, suggestions for future reorientation.


12:30 – 12:30

Financing of Pillar I - IV of the EU Strategy of the Danube Region (Bartók, Lehár, Liszt and Brahms rooms)

 The main objective of this session is to provide all participants with an idea on the topics highly relevant for the EUSDR and the potential financial instruments available for each of the pillars. Furthermore, each participant will have the opportunity to discuss about the potential financing of projects ideas relevant for the EUSDR.





closed since 21 Sep 2017
Registration 1 Aug – 21 Sep
Event 18 Oct – 19 Oct
Language English, during the Plenary Sessions simultaneous translation into Hungarian is provided
Venue Budapest Congress Centre
Albania 4
Austria 74
Belgium 24
Bosnia-Herzegovina 16
Bulgaria 22
Croatia 19
Czech Republic 10
Estonia 1
European Institutions 4
Finland 3
France 3
Germany 92
Hong Kong 1
Hungary 332
Italy 7
Japan 2
Kosovo 3
Luxembourg 3
Moldova 21
Montenegro 5
Republic of Macedonia 3
Romania 98
Serbia 49
Slovak Republic 58
Slovenia 33
Spain 2
Switzerland 3
Ukraine 38
United Kingdom 1
United States 4
Total 935
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