The 2nd task force meeting of embedding

The second meeting of the EUSDR Task Force (EMB–DR) and EUSDR National Coordinators for embedding (linking the priorities of the Danube Strategy with financial instruments in the future programming period) took place in Brussels on February 20th, 2020, during the first edition of the EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week.

In the introductory part of the meeting, the European Commission presented an overview of the process, reminding that it is not something new and that many sources of funding are already used in many fields. It also suggested to focus on three stakeholders within the process itself - NCs, PACs and Managing Authorities of the Programmes, and involving regional and national levels in the process.

Representatives of the EUSDR stated that they are committed to the process of including priorities from the Action Plan in future operational programs in the financial perspective 2021-2027. DSP presented an overview of 85 activities and potential funding opportunities.

After the introductory part, the Croatian Presidency proposed to shortlist two to three actions per Priority Area based on the common denominator, taking into account the 85 activities presented, bearing in mind that not all activities are equally important for all countries.

The representative of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union, Mr. Zeko Pivač, informed the participants about the negotiations on Regulation for the next financial perspective during the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that Task Force, in cooperation with the Croatian Presidency and the Danube Transnational Cooperation Program, would develop guidelines for PACs and NCs on how to approach the embedding process, especially in selecting topics for cooperation.