BUCHAREST, November 8, 2011
Bucharest/Danube Economic Forum took place in Bucharest on November 8, 2011 and was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania in partnership with Council of Danube Cities and Regions and Steinbeis Danube Center, on the occasion of the Informal Meeting of the Foreign Ministers from the Danube Region that was held in Bucharest on November 7, 2011.
Following its objective of building a discussion platform for all stakeholders interested in developing and presenting Flagship Projects within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region through Strategic Partnerships at European macro regional level, the event was dedicated to the business developers, Federations and Unions from the targeted business sectors, policy makers, NGOs and last but not least, National Coordinators and Government Institutions from the 14 riparian states.
The Forum focused on the Areas of excellence in the Danube macro – region and the dialogue between the participants highlighted the importance of consolidating and extending the informal institutional networks necessary for the implementation of projects, in partnership with stakeholders from the riparian states and in full respect of the subsidiarity principle, within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
“This Economic Forum is one of the best opportunities to approach the challenges and the prospects of the Strategy from a nongovernmental perspective. It is necessary to focus our efforts and resources on the sectors where we can bring added value and contribute with concrete results.” stated Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Teodor Baconschi, in his opening address.
“The creativity and the change of mentality are other key elements upon which depends our success. We must be creative in the project proposal, in the identification of new funding and in the project implementation. We must be creative especially regarding the financial matters, as we should exploit all the available funding opportunities and we should use the funds efficiently.
Another essential element is the potential offered by the public-private partnerships in the proper process of the implementation. As I previously mentioned, the business environment is a constant promoter of values such as pragmatism and flexibility which are the centre of our capacity of adaptability to changes that affect continuously the economic activity.” continued the Minsiter.
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