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Danube transnational programme to be launched this September in Budapest

A Danube transnational programme will be launched on September 23-24 in Budapest, Hungary. Also then, the first call for project proposals will be launched.

In a press statement released on Friday, the Romanian Ministry for Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) says the identified themes have to be geared toward achieving important objectives with a real impact in the region and also toward increasing cooperation beyond national borders.

Discussed at the conference will be support for potential beneficiaries to prepare project proposals. Included among the themes will be European Territorial Cooperation, an overview of the Danube Transnational Programme, explaining links to and differences from the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, promoting theme subjects of interest to operational programme Danube, priority axes.

Expected to attend are nearly 500 participants from the programme’s 14 partner states, representatives of European institutions, regional and national institutions, experts of institutions interested in participating in cooperation projects, says MDRAP according to Agerpres.

The Danube Transnational Programme is the successor of the South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. It has a budget of 202.3 million euros from the European Fund for Regional Development and 19.8 million euros under IPA II Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance for transnational projects in the Danube Basin.

Eligible partners are from nine member countries of the European Union: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany (Baden-Wurttemberg and Bayern), Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

MDRAP manages 14 operational programmes co-funded by money from European funds in the 2014-2020 financial framework: operational programme regional cooperation, operational programme administrative capacity and 12 European territorial cooperation programmes.

European territorial cooperation programmes entail cooperation between Romanian regions with regions in neighbour countries, regions from certain geographical areas, under transnational cooperation as well as other regions of any European Union member state as part of interregional cooperation, under projects that are jointly managed and administered by partners from participating countries.

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