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Evaluation Report on the added value of macro-regional strategies

The European Commission published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future. The EU's Danube and Baltic Strategies, involving over 20 EU and non EU countries, have pioneered a unique kind of cooperation, based on the idea that common challenges faced by specific regions –whether environmental, economic or security related – are best tackled collectively, and that it makes sense to plan together for the most effective deployment of the funds available.

The report delivers a broadly positive verdict on the existing strategies so far. It highlights how they have created hundreds of new projects and helped to formulate joint policy objectives in areas of vital importance for the regions involved. The macroregional approach has also led to numerous joint initiatives and networks, as well as political decisions at collective level.

The cross-border area Romania-Bulgaria will have its own strategy for sustainable territorial development

The Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism is coordinating the development of strategy for the cross-border area Romania - Bulgaria. The strategy aims to identify and prioritize joint projects that will be financed from European funds in the period 2014-2020. Ministries in Romania and Bulgaria, local authorities and other potential beneficiaries are involved in drafting the strategy, which will later be subject to public consultation.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn visits Danube region from 27 June to 1 July to take stock of progress

One year after the launch of the Danube Strategy, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn is making a tour of the region to meet those who are putting the plan into action. He will discuss how to accelerate implementation of the Strategy which can be an important instrument in creating jobs and growth. The trip is also an opportunity for him to see at first-hand the progress being made through macro-regional cooperation, and to raise awareness, at political and public level, of the added value of the strategy.

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