Danube Cities and Regions Welcome EU Commissioner for Regional Policies Johannes Hahn

Austria – Slovakia – Hungary – Croatia – Serbia – Romania – Bulgaria

June 27 – July 1, 2012

One year after the launch of the Danube Strategy, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn is making a tour of the region to meet those who are putting the plan into action. He will discuss how to accelerate implementation of the Strategy which can be an important instrument in creating jobs and growth. The trip is also an opportunity for him to see at first-hand the progress being made through macro-regional cooperation, and to raise awareness, at political and public level, of the added value of the strategy. During the tour which will comprise seven countries (in chronological order: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria) the Commissioner will meet high-level political representatives as well as stakeholders and pay visits to flagship projects. The Danube Day will also be celebrated on 29 June in Belgrade.

Before the visit, Commissioner Hahn commented: ‘The 14 Danube countries are already benefitting from their intensified cooperation under the Strategy. Practically a project a week has been identified for implementation since the Strategy got off the ground, and new networks are developing among in the field of business, innovation, security and much more. I want to see for myself how the teams leading this pioneering initiative are advancing, and spur them on to accelerate implementation of measures that can help contribute to jobs and growth”.


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