6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR

Plenary Sessions


The 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) jointly organised by the Hungarian Government (which is currently holding the Presidency of the EUSDR), the European Commission (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - DG REGIO) and the Danube Transnational Programme will officially be open on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. As illustrated in the programme of the Forum, a total of 8 plenary sessions will be held during the two-day event. The sessions will cover a variety of highly relevant topics, ranging from the future of macroregional strategies to energy security. 


Wednesday, 18 October


   11:00 – 11:30

Opening Ceremony

                                     Welcome speech:

                                     H.E. Mr Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary 

   11:30 – 13:00

Energy Security in the Danube Region

This session aims to provide a platform for exchanging views on regional energy security developments and to take stock of the progress (and potential) of critical ongoing and planned infrastructure projects, as well as to assess their regional impact.


   18:00 – 18:30

Review of the Day

 The rapporteurs from each workshop will present the main conclusions of each discussion. 


   18:30 – 19:00

Keynote speeches

                                     H.E. Corina Cretu, Commissioner for Regional Policy of the European Commission

                                     H.E. Szijjártó Péter, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary



Thursday, 19 October


   09:00 – 09:15

Opening Session

                                     H.E. Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and Head of the JRC, European Commission

                                     Mr Balázs Rákossy, Minister of State for the Utilisation of European Union Funding, Ministry for National Economy (TBC)

   09:15 – 09:45

Joint Research Centre on Danube Reference Data Service Infrastructure

The Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure (DRDSI) has built on the extensive experience of the Joint Research Centre in Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) as technical coordinator of the Inspire Directive and the emerging initiatives in Open Data. The DRDSI is being integrated into the JRC-REGIO Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies, to enable better access to comparable and harmonised geospatial data for territorial policy assessment. The session will present some of the achievements of the project in the Danube Region and will reflect on the use of data for the creation of policy-relevant knowledge. 


   09:45 – 10:30

Danube Transnational Programme contributing to the Danube Region

The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) is a European Union financing instrument which promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region. It contributes to reaching the main goals of the EUSDR and is aligned to several of the Strategy priority areas. This session will present some of the achievements gained by the programme, the expected results and reflect on its future. A general introduction to the DTP Capitalisation Strategy and the workshop on ‘DTP present and future’ will give all participants an overview on the following sessions.


   14:30 – 15:30

The future of macro regional strategies post 2020

 This plenary is intended to facilitate an open discussion regarding the future of macro-regional strategies in the European Union based on the experiences and recommendations of the other existing Strategies. The discussions should focus on how the functioning of macro-regional strategies can be improved in the near future, what forms of cooperation could be established between them and what political and economic role they could play post2020.


   15:30 – 15:50

Handover of EUSDR Presidency

On this ceremonial occassion, Hungary will hand over its Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region to Bulgaria. Hungary will therefore also hand over the symbol of the Presidency, the ship's wheel. 

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
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