The EESC expects the future EU Danube Strategy to make a real contribution towards improving the living and working conditions for all citizens in the Danube region, which it sees as the mirror of Europe.
In this respect, the EESC suggests among a series of recommendations that the future Danube Strategy should:
- Be open and inclusive and be supportive of the integrated approach championed by the European Parliament for the EU's cohesion policy;
- Use the potential offered by the Lisbon Treaty to enhance participatory democracy;
- Involve and build on the support of civil society for a macro-regional approach;
- Set realistic targets and ensure successful implementation through clear governance;
- Recognise the importance of connectivity in the Danube region and the importance of the river as an east-west vector of transport that needs to be freed up;
- Stimulate exchanges between the people living in the Danube region.
The EESC views the future EU Danube strategy – scheduled for adoption during the first half of 2011 under the Hungarian presidency – as a decisive tool in developing a dynamic, competitive, inclusive and flourishing Danube region.