The Danube Transnational Programme is a financing instrument of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg. ETC is one of the goals of the European Union cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States.

The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region through policy integration in selected fields.

In order to achieve a higher degree of territorial integration of the very heterogeneous Danube region, the transnational cooperation programme acts as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs in specific policy fields where transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results. Considering its geographical coverage, this highly complex programme provides a political dimension to transnational cooperation which is unique in Europe, successfully facing challenges such as ensuring good mechanisms to contract partners who receive funding from different EU instruments.

The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) are sought.


The total programme budget is 262 989 839,00 million euros, including the EU support (221 924 597,00) and the national counterpart (41 065 242,00).

The EU support comes from three different funds:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (202 095 405,00)
  • Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) (19 829 192,00)
  • European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) (tbd)

Selected projects are financed up to 85% of their costs.

More information about the DTP: Cooperation Programme


The projects supported by the Danube Transnational Programme must form transnational partnerships to cooperate together in the following thematic priorities and specific objectives:

  • Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
    • Improve framework conditions for innovation
    • Increase competences for business and social innovation
  • Environment and culture responsible Danube region
    • Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention
    • Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources
    • Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors
    • Improve preparedness for environmental risk management
  • Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
    • Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas
    • Improve energy security and energy efficiency
  • Well-governed Danube region
    • Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges
    • Support to the governance and implementation of the EUSDR



The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) gathers one of the highest numbers of participating countries among all the Interreg programmes: 9 EU countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany - Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria-, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 5 non-EU countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine - four provinces: Chernivetska Oblast, Ivano-Frankiviska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odessa Oblast).

Geographically, the DTP area overlaps with the territory addressed by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), comprising also the Danube river basin and the mountainous areas (such as the Carpathians, the Balkans and part of the Alps). It is the most international river basin in the world. The area makes up one fifth of the EU’s territory and it is inhabited by approximately 114 million people. The variety of natural environment, the socio-economic differences and cultural diversity of the various parts of the area may be perceived as major challenges but actually represent important opportunities and unexploited potential.


The Monitoring Committee (MC) – consisting of representatives of each participating country – supervises the implementation of the DTP and selects projects to be financed. Its overall task is to ensure the quality and effectiveness of programme implementation assisted by the Joint Secretariat.

The Managing Authority (MA), assisted by the Joint Secretariat (JS), hosted by the Ministry for National Economy in Hungary, is responsible for the overall programme implementation. The JS will be the central contact point for potential project applicants and Lead Beneficiaries of selected/running operations. The counterparts for the MA with the coordination role on the territory of the participating countries will in the first instance be the MC members representing the national authorities responsible for the DTP.

Danube Transnational Programme – Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat Ministry for National Economy Office address: Honvéd street 13-15 – 1055 Budapest, Hungary Postal address: József Nádor Tér 2-4 – 1051 Budapest, Hungary

The Certifying Authority (CA), among other functions, is responsible for drawing up and submitting certified statements of expenditure and applications for payment to the Commission and receiving payments from the Commission. The CA shall use the payments received from the Commission to reimburse the Lead Beneficiaries.

The Audit Authority (AA) ensures that audits are carried out on the management and control systems, on an appropriate sample of operations and on the annual accounts. The AA will be assisted by a Group of Auditors (GoA) comprising of representatives from responsible bodies of each Partner State.

National Contact Points (NCPs) are set up by each participating country to complement transnational activities of the MA and the JS by involving stakeholders from the national level as well as to contribute to the national and transnational programme management.

The Lead Partners (LP) located in one of the Danube Member States is designated by all the beneficiaries participating in a project to assume responsibility for ensuring implementation of the entire operation (including the arrangements for recovering amounts unduly paid); furthermore for ensuring that the expenditure presented by other beneficiaries has been incurred and corresponds to the activities agreed between all the beneficiaries, that it has been verified by a controller, and that the other beneficiaries receive the total amount of the contribution from the funds.

1st Level Controllers are designated by each Partner State to ensure the compliance of expenditure incurred by the national project partners with Community and national rules, by carrying out appropriate verifications, covering administrative, financial, technical and physical aspects of operations. Controllers shall be nominated in line with the national provisions of each Partner State. Each country participating in the DTP is responsible for verifications carried out on its territory.

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: