BRUSSELS, May 25, 2011
MEP Silvia-Adriana Ticau
& Michael Theurer, Vice-President
A successful implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube region depends on the skills, capacity and the availability of the municipal actors to intervene on the labor markets with regional project initiatives that create labor demand locally, provide a basis for an intelligent and environmental friendly economic growth and also improve the cooperation between border regions in different Member States.
Member States and regions should use the structural funds available for 2007-2013 to support this strategy as much as they can, in particular to promote the creation of jobs and economic growth in areas most affected by the economic crisis.
Countries and regions that coordinate the priority areas should stimulate the implementation of the Strategy. They must agree on strategic goals and a working program, they must identify funding sources and strengthen cooperation between countries and regions in the target area and launch urgent actions to help the Danube region to exploit its full economic potential. Money will be allocated to the macro-regional strategies in the next financial perspective, only if the implementation of these projects proves to be successful.