Christmas Reception

BUCHAREST - December 19, 2012

The informal reception was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania in partnership with the Council of Danube Cities and Regions and was held at Haus der Donau in Bucharest.
The event marked one year of achievements and the beginning of another year of collaboration within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and gathered many Romanian officials from the ministries having responsibilities related to the Danube Strategy and from the Office of the Prime Minister, ambassadors and diplomats from Danubian states accredited to Bucharest, representatives of local authorities, national coordinators and priority area coordinators, prestigious representatives of the academia and of civil society, as well as journalists.

The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlăţean emphasized the importance of the Strategy in the context of European integration and the historical and current significance of the Danube River for the Romanian nation. The head of Romanian diplomacy confirmed the fact that the goals of the Danube Strategy would be on the agenda of the new Cabinet. Speaking of the beneficial effect of the Danube Strategy as a vector of unification and cohesion between the European actors in the participating states, Minister Titus Corlăţean expressed satisfaction with the EUSDR developments more than a year after the adoption of the Strategy and underscored Romania’s active involvement in coordinating three of the eleven priority areas. He spoke optimistically of the prospect of having a specific Danube Strategy financial instrument defined at EU level for the 2014-2020 EU budget.

Dr. Kurt Puchinger, Priority Area Coordinator of the PA10, underlined the importance of the 2nd Danube Financing Dialogue will take place on January 24-25, 2013 in the premises of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) in Belgrade, which apart from concentrating on innovative projects of small and medium enterprises, the conference will also focus on the promotion of interventions in the sectors of transport and culture.

Mr. Eric Bartha, Secretary General of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions, appreciated the role of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially of the National Coordinator and the Danube Bureau, in promoting the principles of the Danube Strategy in various institutional and nongovernmental environments and encouraging cooperation between cities and regions throughout the area targeted by this macroregional strategy. He mentioned the active commitment of the Council of Danubian Cities and Regions in promoting the idea that the next EUSDR Annual Forum to be hosted by Romania in 2013, in recognition of this country’s role as co-sponsor of the Strategy.


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