Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy, Bratislava, May 16, 2013

High-level event co-organised by the European Commission and the Government of the Slovak Republic.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission launched a scientific cooperation initiative in support of the Danube Strategy focusing on four scientific priorities: environment protection, irrigation and agricultural development, navigability and energy production. The JRC and its scientific partners made a diagnosis of the scientific expertise needed to tackle the challenges related to those priorities. Based on conclusions of this diagnosis, the JRC and its scientific partners elaborated concrete proposals for flagship clusters aiming to provide policy makers with the appropriate scientific support to tackle interlinked policy issues.

The aim of the high-level event of 16 May 2013 in Bratislava is to present the flagship clusters proposals identified to the key high-level stakeholders of the Danube Region.

These flagship clusters proposals represent concrete solutions to respond to the scientific challenges related to the implementation of the key priorities of the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy (environment protection, irrigation and agricultural development, navigability and energy production). In order to ensure that the outcome of the clusters will be useful for designing evidence-based policies for the Danube Region, the high-level stakeholders are invited to express their needs. Gathering the main stakeholders of the Danube Region, it will help ‘crossing bridges’ between policy-makers and scientists, between different countries and between various policy areas and/or scientific fields.

The high-level event will be hosted by the Minister for Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Participation in the event will be upon invitation only. The event will be accessible to the press.
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