Publisher:  European Movement in Serbia – Belgrade 2012 – The book is in English language.
Dear readers,
In your hands you have the Guide to the European Union Strategy for Danube Region (Guide to the Danube Strategy) a publication designed to improve knowledge and understanding of macro-regional strategies, to present the priorities of the Danube Strategy and the mechanisms for its implementation, and, bearing in mind the Danube Region’s development potential, to encourage the identification of future projects.
The River Danube, linking Central Europe with the Black Sea via the Republic of Serbia, is an economically, environmentally and culturally heterogeneous region. At the same time, 14 states situated in its basin share these same resources and are interlinked. The 588 km of the Danube that runs through our country, is characterised by the river’s full navigability, its potential as an energy source, its proximity of university centres, areas of pristine nature, vineyards, historical clashes of empires and capitals, traces of the Neolithic period, medieval fortresses, and the routes of the Roman Emperors.
Due to its involvement in the EU Danube Strategy, Serbia has been given a great development potential in the sphere of infrastructure development, environmental protection, tourism and transport, and a chance to step up its cooperation with the other Danube Region states.
The Republic of Serbia, in partnership with the EU member states, has been involved in the development of this Strategy from its very outset, which makes us confident that we shall also take part as partners in its implementation with high-quality projects, securing significant financing for our priorities.
As the Guide points out, the Danube Projects backed to date are not isolated events, but the result of the Republic of Serbia’s efforts to tackle the implementation of the Danube Strategy in a systematic way. Also, it is clear that the funds which are currently available or which will be available include projects of national, regional and local significance. For this very reason, active involvement of the authorities at all levels, as well as civil society and the private sector is vital to successful implementation and meeting the Strategy’s priorities with valid projects.
Milica Delevic,
PhD Director of European Integration Office
Danube Strategy National Contact Point