DANUBE TRANSNATIONAL PROGRAMME – New transnational cooperation programme FOR 2014-2020
On 18th of December 2012, the European Commission initiated the establishment of a new transnational cooperation programme for the 2014-2020 period. Based on the Commission’s recommendation, the Danube Programme area covers Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, two states of Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the western provinces of Ukraine (Chernivetska Oblast, Ivano-Frankiviska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odessa Oblast).
The Programming Committee (PC), consisting of representatives of the Danube Partner States, is responsible for the drafting of the Programme. The PC was established on the 5th of February 2013; and met 8 times up till now. The main task of the PC is the elaboration of the Danube Operational Programme, which will serve as the basic document for transnational cooperation in the programme area in the 2014-2020 period. The decisions of the PC are made by consensus.
The geographical area of the new Danube Programme is identical to the area covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region adopted in 2011. The macro-regional strategy and the transnational programme represent very different instruments; they focus on the same geographical area, but on very different principles and levels. However, identical areas and objectives provide opportunities for cooperation; beyond contributing to the implementation of priority areas of the Strategy through related transnational projects, the Danube Programme will also support the governance of the Danube Region Strategy.
The thematic objectives of the Danube Programme must be defined in line with the cohesion policy regulations and the national priorities of the partner countries, taking into account the needs of the programme area. The priorities of the Programme are expected to cover traditional transnational topics, such as innovation, transport and environmental protection, etc.
The Programme will be implemented by joint management structures, such as the Managing Authority, Joint Secretariat, Certifying Authority and Audit Authority, which will be set up in Budapest, in accordance with the decision adopted in July 2013 by the Programming Committee. Furthermore, the representatives of the PC agreed that the Managing Authority and the Joint Secretariat shall be established in an integrated manner, as an autonomous unit of the Hungarian Office for National Economic Planning, observing the principles of simplification and transnationality. The function of the Certifying Authority will be exercised by the Hungarian State Treasury, and the Directorate General for Audit of European Funds (EUTAF) will act as the Audit Authority. The international decision was reinforced by the Hungarian Government Decision No. 1680/2013. (IX. 30).
The scoping report together with the executive summary prepared for the Danube Transnational Programme in the framework of the Strategic Environmental Assessment is now available to be consulted for relevant environmental authorities in accordance with Article 5(4) of the SEA Directive.
Final Danube Territorial Analysis: Danube Territorial Analysis
Further information on EUSDR: www.danube-region.eu/item/485211