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 (DTP) is launched to foster transnational cooperation in the heterogeneous Danube region. Tackling common challenges and needs in specific topics (4 priority axis), it aims to deliver real benefits to the people in the region. Moreover, the Programme supports the EU Strategy for the Danube Region as an essential instrument for the macro-regional integration.

The first call for proposals covering this objective will be launched as well. Partners from the entire region are invited to submit proposals on the different identified topics. The proposals should aim to gain valuable achievements with real impact and to increase the cooperation beyond borders.

2015 is the beginning of a complex Programme in a diverse area full of challenges but also potentialities. Danube Transnational Programme believes that many of these common challenges and needs can be better faced joining forces through transnational cooperation.


The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) is presented and the first call for proposals is officially launched during the Kick-off event. Programme stakeholders and potential partners had the opportunity to meet, share their visions for the programme area and develop project ideas. The kick-off event had an official, general dimension as well as a more practical, technical one.

The first day comprised of stakeholders’ presentations and a part dedicated to present the programme and the first call for proposals. There was time as well for a panel discussion on the links and differences with the EUSDR and other transnational programmes in the area.

On the second day of the event, the participants had the opportunity to join one of the eight thematic workshops. The parallel workshops dealt with more concrete aspects related to the specific objectives within the four priorities axis. A practical exercise focused on how to develop successful intervention logics was proposed during the workshops.

The Partner-search area displayed project ideas to facilitate the networking possibilities and the proposal generation. The first day was live web-streaming.


The event had a twofold aim:

  1. Present the programme, its context and the first call for proposals
  2. Support potential applicants in the preparation of project proposals

This aim includes the following specific objectives:

  • To discuss the present and future of European Territorial Cooperation
  • To provide an overview of Danube Transnational Programme and its role in the region
  • To explain the links and differences with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
  • To stimulate inter-programmes dialogue and synergies including the presentation of previous examples of cooperation
  • To disseminate information about financial support available under the first call of DTP
  • To explain and promote the thematic issues of interest for DTP (priority axis)
  • To stir project development and stimulate innovative proposals
  • To provide a platform for networking opportunities, exchanging best practices and experience and building partnerships


The event brought together more than 500 participants from the 14 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 organisations that are interested to participate in cooperation projects.

Registration to the event

In order to have fruitful discussions during the sessions and the workshops of the kick-off event, a set of relevant documents prepared by the Danube Transnational Programme are available in the sections ‘Relevant documents’ of this website. We invite all participants in the event to read these documents.

The first day of the event was webstreamed online in the Danube Transnational Programme website.

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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).
Continuing a tradition which started in 2012, Interreg and neighbouring cooperation programmes are celebrating European Cooperation Day on 21 September 2015 and surrounding days. This year is also a special occasion as we celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Interreg. Under the motto “Sharing borders, growing closer”, hundreds of local events will be held across Europe to communicate the achievements of European cooperation across borders to the general public.
European Cooperation Day is
coordinated by the INTERACT
Programme with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. The Danube Transnational Programme joins the initiative with this event to celebrate the launch of a promising programme. For more information, please visit: