Seminar about the Danube Region

VIENNA, December 19-20, 2011

The 2-days event that took place at the Technical University of Vienna Boecklsaal, gathered international planning experts, business representatives, politicians and students, and put in discussion the future of the Danube region and the associated challenges for policy and planning.

A series of projects and proposals have been introduced in teh framework of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, and their coordination and effective implementation represented the common concern of the participants.

The seminar is part of the master’s program planning and regional planning. The aim of the event is to deal with specific aspects of spatial development in Central and Eastern European countries. ” To discuss the challenges and solutions with experts from the practice, demonstrates a special education value for students”, said Univ.Ass. Dr. Thomas Dillinger, Head of Regional Planning and Regional Development.

Module 5 European Regional Development (Master Programme for Urban and Regional Planning, Department for Regional Development, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning) deals with specific issues of regional development in the European context. It offers a problem-oriented introduction to space-related competencies of the European Union on the planning levels in Austria, provides the planning systems and legal planning framework in the EU member countries, discusses the regional challenge of territorial cohesion, the objective of EU Structural Funds Programmes and the mechanisms for cross-border cooperation and development. A special focus is set on the spatial development issues in Central and Eastern European countries.

Vice chancellor
a.D.Hon. Prof.Dr. Erhard Busek
Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair
Some developments in Europe are for the moment extremely difficult and slow. That is not true for the Danube region. The EUSDR (European Union Strategy for the Danube Region) is a kick off on different fields. Ten countries along the river Danube and four in the Danube basin are directly involved and in cooperation with the European Commission based on a decision of the European Council. They have developed a lot of programs and proposals. So far the European Commission has developed a strategy to deal with these challenges. For the moment we can say that a lot of things are moving at the same time. For sure we have to coordinate it and to make it effective but it is a real chance that the river Danube is playing a role similar to the river Rhein in the development of the European integration. Out of the downfall of the Iron Curtain it is a new possibility to bring the countries together. Rivers shall connect and not divide!



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Roland ARBTER, Federal Chancellery Austria

Dr. Florian Ballnus, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health, Munich

Andreas Beckmann, Managing Director, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme

Alexandru Capatu

Zoran Ivošević, Local Economic Development Office Novi Sad

Dr Saša Jovanović,

Peter Langer, Danube Commissioner Cities of Ulm / Neu-Ulm – General Coordinator Council of Danube Cities and Regions

Energy Community Secretariat – Danube Seminar – Vienna University of Technology

Dr Laszlo PERGER , EUSDR Coordinator for PA4 Budapest, Hungary

Danube Region – Pirker

Markus Simoner, via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH

Gabriele Tatzberger, Vienna Business Agency/Centrope Office Austria

Miroslav Veskovic, Rector of the University of Novi Sad, EU Danube Strategy Priority Area 7 Coordinator 


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