Environment Minister attending Conference on EU Strategy for Danube Region

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Environment and Forestry Minister Borbely Laszlo is attending the first conference on the European Union’s Strategy for the Danube Region, taking place in Ulm, Germany, on Feb 1-2.

The Conference in Ulm, a Danube riparian city situated in the Baden-Wurttemberg German land, opens the public consultations process that the EU Commission launched on the European Strategy for the Danube Region, which all the Danube riparian countries are invited to attend, and it makes the start on a series of conferences and debates offering the participants the opportunity to exchange opinions and present proposals.

The consultations continue till early in summer, with events scheduled in Hungary, in end Feb., Austria and Slovakia, in April, Bulgaria, in May, Romania in June, followed by a public consultation. Afterwards, the EU Commission will propose, in Dec 2010, an action plan and a management system which the EU member states will officially adopt at the beginning of the next year.

For Romania, the strategy for the Danube Region will mean assuming the role of the promoter and the initiator of a new cooperation format, aimed at contributing to backing up the foreign commitments at the regional level, and the economic re-launch of the counties located in the Danube basin, and new jobs. After Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in Jan 2007, the Danube became the EU’s internal navigable route. As one of the cross-European corridors, the Danube represents a priority axis of the EU river traffic.

The European Union’s Strategy for the Danube Region will rely on a macro-regional approach, a new working method in the EU coordinating the efforts made by a wide range of players, namely regions, municipalities, international organizations, financial institutions, social and economic partners and the civil society. Also attending the Conference in Ulm are Romanian MEPs such as vice-president of the EP Committee on Transport Silvia Adriana Ticau, and a member of the EP Committee on Regional Development (REGI) Petru Luhan.

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