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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Danube strategy

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News At the Danube Summit, held in Bucharest, President of the Committee of the Regions, Mercedes Bresso, met Commission President José Manuel Barroso and heads of government of the region. On this occasion, she stated her support for local projects in the field of renewable energy, common measures of civil protection, and censored in the field of social inclusion.

The Danube region will soon follow the example of the Baltic Sea area and become the second European 'macroregion' to benefit from a tailor-made strategy tackling cross-border challenges. A few weeks before the European Commission is set to publish its strategy proposals, the Romanian government invited leaders from the Danube countries to Bucharest on Monday. CoR President Mercedes Bresso joined Romanian President Traian Băsescu and Prime Minister Emil Boc, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, representing the incoming Council Presidency, Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and more than 20 Heads of Government and high-level politicians to this Danube summit. The CoR President said that the Danube Region was an integration laboratory for Europe. To improve the quality of life in the Danube area and tackle its economic and environmental problems, a common vision, an integrated strategy and stronger institutional cooperation, including the use of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) are essential. Regional and local actors have to be fully involved in this process and a strong EU budget should be put in place if the strategy is to succeed and to deliver concrete benefits for the citizens. For instance, support for local renewable energy projects would stimulate the creation of 'green jobs' in the area. She added that it was important to coordinate disaster prevention and civil protection mechanisms better and upgrade the EU Solidarity Fund. Recurring floods and disasters like the recent toxic sludge spill don't come to a halt at national borders, and neither should the response to them. Referring to the forthcoming CoR report on better integration of the Roma population, President Bresso underlined the social inclusion dimension of the Danube strategy and recalled that regions and cities are in the forefront of ensuring full respect of fundamental human rights, by combating all forms of discrimination against ethnic groups, preserving the right of minority groups and promoting cultural diversity. The Committee of the Regions is the first EU body to have adopted a report, as early as October 2009, calling for a European strategy on the Danube Region.

Source :  Committee of the Regions website

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