The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) gathers one of the highest numbers of participating countries among all the European Territorial Cooperation programmes: 9 EU countries and 5 non-EU countries, having the same geographical scope than the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

With the aim to achieve a higher degree of territorial cohesion of the very heterogeneous Danube region, Danube Transnational Programme will act as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs in specific policy fields. In those fields, transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results whereby strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) will be sought.

The cooperation programme is structured across four priority axes:

  • Priority axis 1: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
  • Priority axis 2: Environment and culture responsible Danube region
  • Priority axis 3: Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
  • Priority axis 4: Well governed Danube region


The Danube Transnational Programme itself, its stakeholders and the present and potential partner institutions need to have a thorough knowledge of the Danube region to be reflected into innovative projects with successful results.

With that purpose, the programme bodies have planned to organise a series of annual events focused on specific themes relevant for the Danube region and to be addressed in the DTP calls for proposals. A specific theme covering several thematic priorities of the programme will be selected every year.

The thematically-focused annual events aim to become a forum to stimulate discussion on the selected theme with the help of experts on the covered topics, programme stakeholders, interested institutions and organisations, potential applicants and project partners.

In the 2016 edition of the Annual Event the selected theme was ‘Transnational management, use and valorisation of water related resources’. The theme was reflected in the event title: BLUE DANUBE - Danube Transnational Programme: Key instrument for supporting water as a transnational resource

The selected 2016 theme was conceived from an integrated perspective interlinked with the four priority axes of the Danube Transnational Programme. The environmental side of this theme was covered in detail during the event workshops, but other aspects of water management was tackled as well, such as:

  1. Innovative solutions for Transnational Water Management
  2. Transnational Water Management for a sustainable future
  3. Environmentally-friendly transport systems: waterborne transport
  4. Strengthening transnational multi-level governance for better Water Management

Concerning the format, a general session about the Danube Transnational Programme and how it tackles the selected theme was followed by parallel workshops covering different aspects of Transnational Water Management. The event participants had the opportunity to join one of the parallel workshops organised by the JS members along with thematic experts. The workshops dealt with more specific topics within the general theme Transnational Water Management, Use and Valorisation.

The conclusions of the different workshops were shared with the rest of the audience in a plenary session by each of the appointed rapporteurs, with the objective of all participants being aware of all discussions having taken place.


The event aimed to be a forum to stimulate discussion on the theme ‘Transnational management, use and valorisation of water related resources’ in the Danube region among experts, project applicants and other stakeholders.

The thematic issues of interest for DTP (priority axis), namely those in relation to ‘Transnational management, use and valorisation of water related resources’, was explained and promoted, providing a platform for networking opportunities, exchanging best practices and experience and building partnerships between the main programme stakeholders and other actors in the Danube region.

The forum allowed:

  • Better preparation of the calls for proposals covering transnational issues in connection to Water, focusing on the specific needs and challenges of the Danube region.
  • Preparation of innovative proposals for future strategic cooperation activities on Transnational issues in connection to Water, for the second and future calls for proposals. The financial support to transnational cooperation available under the second call for proposals and other EU-funded instruments will be briefly presented.
  • Better implementation of projects covering that theme, achieving successful results with long-term impact and leverage effect in the area.
  • Fostered capitalisation opportunities among the future projects covering that theme, exploring synergies between them and future cooperation possibilities within the Danube Transnational Programme and other financing instruments.


The event brought 240 participants from different partner states. In addition to policy makers from the area and the European institutions, the event aimed to bring together national and regional institutions, experts and other stakeholders who are interested to make a contribution to the programme.

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is an EU funded programme to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region. It comprises 14 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany – Baden-Württemberg and
Bavaria-, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and
Moldova, Montenegro,
Serbia and Ukraine
– partly).

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European Cooperation Day will take place on 21 September 2016 and surrounding days. It will be the fifth anniversary of this initiative to show local communities the results of Interreg and ENI funded projects as well as the significance of territorial cooperation.

Over 700 local events have been organised in the past four years to communicate the achievements of European cooperation across borders to the general public. It is a celebration of regions working together.
European Cooperation Day is performed by Interreg and ENI programmes, coordinated by the Interact Programme and supported by the European Commission, European Parliament and Committee of the Regions. The Danube Transnational Programme joins the initiative with this event. For more information, please visit: