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  • 1. EU Strategy for the Danube: a new challenge in the context of the territorial cohesion in the SEE Bucharest, 20 January 2010SEE Joint Technical Secretariat
  • 2. Danube area…
  • 3. …the SEE area
  • 4. The financial instrumentsE RDF 228 ME uro 3.337.268 IPA (yearly)E NPI 1.000.000
  • 5. The Programme budget ERDF Nat. Pub. Contr. Total % IPA 2nd CfPP1. Facilitation of innovation and 44,051,157 7,773,734 51,824,891 85%entrepreneurship 4,333,383.80 EURP2. Protection and improvement of 53,739,828 9,483,499 63,223,327 85%the environmentP3. Improvement of the accessibility 55,160,834 9,734,265 64,895,099 85%P4. Development of transnationalsynergies for sustainable growth areas 41,338,329 7,294,999 48,633,328 85% 228,576,645.00 EUR
  • 6. Results of the 1st Call for proposals Status Submitted EoIs Eligible EoIs Invited EoIs Eligible AFs Approved Overall 809 615 95 71 40 Rate 100% 76.02% 11.74% 8.78% 4.94%ERDF req. N.A. 957.842.479 168.674.925 128.753.792 76.628.855 Rate N.A. 419% 74% 56% 34%
  • 7. The “Danube” projects Acronym AoI Short descriptionDANUBE FLOODRISK 2.1 Management and forecast of flood risk WANDA 2.2 Ship waste management along the Danube DANUBEPARKS 2.3 Conservation of natural heritage of Danube river NEWADA 3.1 Improvement of physical accessibility of waterway infrastructure NELI 3.2 Cooperation for know-how sharing and innovation in inland navigationDONAUREGIONEN+ 4.2 Developing a joint Danube Regions Development strategy DATOURWAY 4.2 Development of tourism
  • 8. The failures: lack of transnationality• Umbrella project – collection of partners from different countries with hardly related problems / activities into a partnership under vague objectives;• Inventing a problem - that is not really relevant on transnational level, but based on local needs of PPs forming a partnership
  • 9. The failures: missing objectives• Proposal narrowly focused with little impact on SEE area – solving the problems of a fish species in Danube (there are other programmes) – International cultural festival (not promotion of use of cultural values for development)• Pure research and technology development - without clear links to other actors (public administration /industry) – more concrete, tangible results expected!
  • 10. The failures: poor planning• Unclear problem definition;• Poorly defined / articulated objectives (SMART);• Lack of coherence - problems – objectives – activities – outputs / results (LOGFRAME);• Inconsistent bunch of WPs;• General descriptions - poor definitions, missing concrete indicators / measurements;• Unrealistic objectives, activities, outputs, results (20% increase of employment, etc.)• Outputs and Results confused• Limited next steps planning
  • 11. Communicating about EUSDRin the framework of the SEE Programme
  • 12. We can have less application failures if we: • communicate better! • communicate sooner (than later)! • communicate in a balanced manner! = need for a pro-active approach !
  • 13. • SEE – complex and diverse area• SEE Programme - complex and diverse instrument – aims to improve cohesion, stability and competitiveness of the region. – helps to promote better integration between the Member States, candidate and potential candidate countries and neighbouring countries – supports projects which are covering the whole area but also which are aimed to develop specific sub-areas as Black Sea, Adriatic, Aegean, Charpatian, Danubian, – provides a suitable framework to take to a practical level the political cooperation that has been achieved so far among the Danube countries and to explore new opportunities to promote cooperation among countries in the region= complex and diverse communication !!!
  • 14. • EUSDR: important topic – adding to what already is an extremely interesting and varied programme• How can the SEE Programme be involved?• How does EUSDR reflect upon the current / the futureprojects?• What kind of input would be useful?• What type of information is needed for a start?• How to connect the right stakeholders and communicatetowards /with them?• What lessons can be learnt from the SEE programme /projects management for the Danube Strategy?
  • 15. • SEE pro-active approach: “prepare the ground” for the strategy : – Awareness-building and information: raising awareness of the Danube Strategy among the beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries, other stakeholders. – Identifying relevant projects, in order to show the added- value of SEE cooperation projects for the regional development of the Danube area.
  • 16. Some communication challenges • Inform about the strategy (timely, correctly); • Provide balanced information: the SEE Programme is not only about the Danube – on the other hand it is in a special position, as it does cover almost the entire EUSDR area (Germany to be included within the 20% flexibility rule);•Integrate some elements related to the strategy in future programme communication; •Involve the current projects on Danube: project results and achievements of cooperation •Attract potential projects that are in line with the Strategy to apply in our Programme (without prejudicing projects on other topics);
  • 17. The existing projects • Highlight their added-value for the regional development of the Danube area• Cooperating with each-other – joint events, joint actions for a more powerful impact / the bigger picture
  • 18. Some examples of planned project actions• WANDA – River shows in ports of the participatingcountries;• NEWADA – Danube Information Services Conference• DATOURWAY - Transnational conference: Big Riverand Network building• Donauregionen - website featuring a GIS serverModule: enables presentation of GIS data andsupports elaboration of geographic analysis
  • 19. The future / potential projects • Inform about the Strategy at our events (Annual event, Lead Applicant seminars, Lead Partner seminars etc.)• Encourage projects related to the Strategy to applyto our programme (in line with the characteristics of the future calls)
  • 20. Connecting (with) the stakeholders• Cooperation between the programmes / projects involved in the strategy (common events, exchange of experience) • Addressing relevant thematic issues in acooperation context and facilitating the exchange of information
  • 21. THANK YOU!Lelia RotaruCommunications ManagerSouth East Europe Transnational Cooperation ProgrammeJoint Technical SecretariatE-mail: rotaru@southeast-europe.net; jts@southeast-europe.netwww.southeast-europe.net