In December 2012 the European Commission proposed a start of a new transnational cooperation programme for 2014-2020. Interreg DANUBE includes Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany (Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg), Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
Projects may involve applicants from the public and private sectors. The Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Project activities for project partners from the Czech Republic are co-financed by the ERDF up to 85% of total eligible expenditure.
Geographical definition corresponds to the definition of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) adopted in 2011. The macro-strategy and DANUBE Transnational are two different tools for regional policy developed for similar goals but operate on different levels and principles. Overlapping territories and objectives provide an opportunity for cooperation and support in the fulfilment of its objectives; furthermore contribution to the thematic objectives of the strategy through implementation of relevant projects, the programme can also promote institutional cooperation of stakeholders and institutions within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
The conclusions of discussions with experts, public consultations, an online forum, national consultations in the Member States and the meeting of representatives of the Member States during the Programming Committee focused revealed the content of the following topics:
Priority axis 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube Region
1.1. Improving framework conditions for innovation
1.2. Increase competences for business and social innovation
Priority axis 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube Region
2.1. Strengthening transnational water management and flood risk prevention
2.2. Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources
2.3. Foster the restoration management of ecological corridors
2.4. Improve preparedness for environmental risk management
Priority axis 3
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
3.1. Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas
3.2. Improve energy security and energy efficiency
Priority axis 4
Well governed Danube region
4.1. Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges
4.2. Support to the governance and implementation of Danube macro-strategy (EUSDR)