A workshop has been organised on July 9th 2021 on skill development through vocational education and training, and higher education as a key to fostering blue jobs for the environmental sustainability and boosting technological innovation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region.

“Healthy oceans are a precondition for a thriving blue economy. Pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction, coupled with the effects of the climate crisis, all threaten the rich marine biodiversity that the blue economy depends on. We must change track and develop a sustainable blue economy where environmental protection and economic activities go hand in hand.” (Frans Timmermans)

EUSDR – Danube Region Strategy is the name of the application that can be downloaded from Google Play or AppStore for mobile devices. It provides an animated map of the EUSDR region, including a few details about each country.

On July 23rd, the scope of the 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐄𝐱𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 (𝐆𝐁𝐄𝐑) has been extended by the European Commission. This step will allow Member States to implement certain aid measures without prior Commission scrutiny.

The Manifesto for Young People by Young People to Shape the European Cooperation Policy has been drafted to collect a total of 12 recommendations by the young participants at the 1st Coordination Meeting of the Danube Youth Council Task Force, including "promoting regular exchanges with existing governance structures such as Macro Regional Strategies". 

The LIFE – sub-programme “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation” aims at bolstering the adaptation policies and strategies of national, regional and local authorities and thereby contibuting to the implementation of the EU's climate policy.


In 2021, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) celebrates its 10th anniversary: 10 years of transnational cooperation in the fields of mobility and transport, energy, tourism and culture, protection of water, nature and biodiversity, education and labour market, competitiveness, strengthening of institutional cooperation and security.

To draw attention to this special anniversary, the City of Vienna published an article on the EUSDR on their website. Read more here!

The Danube Strategy Point, at the initiative of the Slovak EUSDR Presidency organised today the first meeting of the IPA and NDICI programme authorities within the region, in order to support and enhance the embedding process of the EUSDR objectives into the EU funded programmes.

The overall objective of macro-regional strategies is to pool resources and bring national approaches into a more coherent macro-level implementation in order to tackle common challenges. This should lead to visible results and in the long-term contribute to more economic, social and territorial cohesion.

On 12 May 2021, the European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards a Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil”(and annexes) – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal.

Pollution harms our health and our environment. It is the largest environmental cause of multiple mental and physical diseases and of premature deaths, especially among children, people with certain medical conditions and the elderly.

On 24 April, the two-day 3rd International Conference of the Association of Geography Teachers of Slovenia “Landscape and Sustainable Development” was successfully concluded. It was performed remotely. 62 participants from four countries participated.

The international conference offered an extremely large number of pedagogical ideas and implementations, as well as implemented and documented proposals for school field work. The invited lecturers were dr. Mitja Bricelj, Ph.D. Dušan Plut, Ph.D. Gregor Kovačič, Ph.D. Ana Vovk Korže, Ph.D. Karel Natek, Ph.D. Tajan Trobec, Ph.D. Michael Scoullos, Iro Alampei and dr. Thomais Vlachogianni.






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