Croatian presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region finishes

The ending ceremony of the Croatian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region was held in the Croatian Parliament.

On the occasion of the conclusion of the Croatian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Nataša Tramišak, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman, Chairman of the Committee on Regional Development and EU Funds Marko Pavić and Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Croatia HE Peter Susko held a meeting at which Minister Tramišak stated that the presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is symbolically represented by the helm, which is handed over among the countries presiding over the Strategy.

"Today, after a year of hard work in unusual circumstances, we have come to hand over the helm to the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic. We have undoubtedly launched positive trends in various fields and ensured the continuity of our colleagues from Slovakia who are taking over the presidency and wish them good luck. We will continue our cooperation within the TRIO presidency, through which we will support them and continue to make efforts to our continuous work to successfully achieve the common goals of all member countries of the Strategy" said Minister Tramišak.

Ambassador Susko expressed satisfaction with the current cooperation between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Croatia and thanked for the opportunity to personally take the helm of the presidency.

"The regions of the Danube area differ significantly in terms of innovation, social progress and economic development. Therefore, there is a need for projects that would increase jobs, contribute to growth and improve social and economic conditions, and create more resilient and balanced regions."

"The Danube has been a link between Central and Eastern Europe for centuries, connecting 100 million people in the Danube region where economic, social and cultural ties affect their daily lives" said Minister Gordan Grlić Radman.

He said that the coronavirus pandemic, with all its short-term and long-term consequences that we cannot yet fully comprehend, showed "how creative we are and to what extent we are able to act quickly."

"Today we are more connected and interdependent than ever before. At the time of this meeting, our countries have been hit hard by a new wave of coronavirus. We do not yet know the exact extent of the pandemic consequences, but we can estimate they will be huge and long term.

Grlić Radman reminded that at last week's ninth annual forum of the Danube Strategy, when the new seven-year financial framework of the EU was discussed, joint projects that support sustainable development, digitalization and innovation were supported.

Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Nataša Tramišak spoke about what has been achieved in the last year of Croatia's presidency of the Danube Strategy.

She also reminded that the new seven-year financial framework 2021-2020 is approaching, and with it the "new financial opportunities" where the focus should be on the efficient management of EU funds and meeting the set priorities.

After the ceremony the Croatian Parliament and President of the Committee on Regional Development and European Union Funds Marko Pavić hosted the seventh parliamentary conference of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

The focus of the seventh parliamentary conference in Zagreb was on encouraging innovative technologies to improve the sustainable development of the Danube region, and on the possibilities of increasing the number of high-tech companies and the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises in the region. 

Participants also discussed improving knowledge transfer between universities, the economy and local communities, and creating new high value-added jobs to prevent youth emigration and foster long-term regional development.

The Danube Strategy is an integrated framework for cooperation between the Danube river basin states and consists of 14 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Germany (Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg), Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Herzegovina and Montenegro.

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