Danube Transnational Programme

The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Environment, water, energy and innovation are important focus points.

Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be sought. The Danube Transnational Programme is a financing instrument of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg. ETC is one of the goals of the European Union cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. The total programme budget is €263mil, including the EU support of €222mil and the national counterpart €41mil. 

Who can apply

Any local, regional, national public body governed by public law, international organisations and private bodies (including private enterprises from EU countries of the programme area) having legal personality.

Deadlines

Calls for proposals will be published until 2020. Potential applicants will find all the detailed information about each call for proposals once launched in this section of the website. The first call was launched in autumn 2015 and the second call is expected to be launched at the end of 2016/beginning of 2017.

Thematic focus

The cooperation programme is structured across four priority axes (a fifth priority axis is related to the Technical Assistance of the Danube Transnational Programme) that intend to develop coordinated policies and actions in the programme area reinforcing the commitments of the Europe 2020 strategy towards the three dimensions of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be sought. Tackling common challenges and needs in specific topics, the projects should aim to deliver real benefits to the people and to build links between authorities and organisations in the whole Danube region. Many of these common challenges and needs can be better faced by joining forces through transnational cooperation.

Individual projects will receive an EU financial support up to 85% of their total eligible costs. The projects must form transnational partnerships to cooperate together in the following programme thematic priorities and specific objectives:

1. Innovative and socially responsible Danube region, with Specific Objectives: - Improve framework conditions for innovation; - Increase competences for business and social innovation.

2. Environment and culture responsible Danube region, with Specific Objectives: - Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention; - Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources; - Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors; - Improve preparedness for environmental risk management.

3. Better connected and energy responsible Danube region, with Specific Objectives: - Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas; - Improve energy security and energy efficiency.

4. Well-governed Danube region, with Specific Objectives: - Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges; - Support to the governance and implementation of the EUSDR.

Weblink

http://www.interreg-danube.eu/calls/calls-for-proposals