EU Strategy for the Danube Region

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2010 and endorsed by the European Council in 2011. It is the second EU macro-regional strategy after the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region.

The Strategy is not about funding, it is about closer cooperation!

The Danube Region Strategy addresses a wide range of issues; these are divided among 4 pillars and 12 priority areas (see image). Each priority area is managed by two Priority Area Coordinators (PACs). The Youth Platform has been established within Priority Area 9 - People and Skills.

4 pillars 12 priority areas

Background and Objective

In 2009, the European Council formally asked the European Commission to prepare an EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). “The importance of the Danube Basin for the EU cannot be underestimated. Our policies and the investments we are making in the Basin through the EU's cohesion policy in particular have an impact on the livelihoods of 20 million citizens. The Danube needs a specific strategy comparable to the strategy we are developing for the Baltic Sea Region. A one-size-fits all approach doesn't work in an EU of 27 Member States and 271 regions. We need a targeted policy for the Danube that meets its ecological, transport and socio-economic needs” said Commissioner Hübner on the open day in October 2008. For further information see

Priority Area 09 “Investing in People and Skills”

Priority Area 09 “Investing in People and Skills” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is coordinated by Austria and the Republic of Moldova, with the involvement of a wide network of key players and stakeholders from the 14 countries of the Danube Region. Activities, projects and actions in the field of (pre-university) education, labour market and marginalised communities in the Danube Region, are the main topics. For further information see