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1st National Hearing on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

The Public Discussion “EU Strategy for the Danube Region and Ukraine: Opportunities, Challenges and the State of Implementation” was held in Odessa on 29 September 2014 in the framework of the project “Strengthening Civil Society Involvement in Assisting the Government with the Implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region”, funded by the European Union.

The event made local stakeholders familiar with the EUSDR and the Action Plan focusing on institutional capacity building in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region, as well as potential benefits for local communities of the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region. In addition to this the Public Discussion was focused on the presentation of the first draft of the Comprehensive vision of the EUSDR implementation in Ukraine and its discussion with regional stakeholders.

The Public Discussion brought together 49 participants representing Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, members of the Parliament of Ukraine, Odessa Regional State Administration and Regional Council, diplomatic missions of the EUSDR countries in Odessa, public institutions involved in the management of key spheres in the focus of the Danube Strategy in the Odessa region (transport, water resources, biodiversity, emergency management etc.), regional and local NGOs, academic institutions.

Due to the support from the Danube River Show project, co-funded by the State Ministry of Baden Württemberg and the Baden Württemberg Foundation, the Public Discussion involved three speakers from abroad:

  • Stefan August Lütgenau, Director of Foster  Europe – Foundation for Strong European Regions and President of the Danube Civil Society Forum;
  • Jörg Mirtl, representative of the EUSDR Priority Area 10 “Institutional  capacity and cooperation”, Government of the City of Vienna;
  • Gabor Schneider, expert of the SKL International affiliated to the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions).

This gave an opportunity for making the event more attractive for local participants due to giving to the participants a wider picture of the processes in the framework of the Danube Strategy. 

Agenda of the Public Discussion

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The event was co-organized by the Centre for Regional Studies, Odessa Regional Branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies and Odessa Regional State Administration with the support from:
European Union through the project «Strengthening Civil Society Involvement in Assisting the Government with the Implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region»
State Ministry of Baden Württemberg and
the Baden Württemberg Foundation through the  Danube River Show project
Friedrich Ebert Foundation

 

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