Marius Niculae

On 6th October 2011 the European Commission adopted a draft legislative package for the Cohesion Policy for the funding period 2014 – 2020. According to the draft regulations, European Territorial Cooperation will be continued and even reinforced as separate cohesion goal. The existing strands of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation will be maintained.

The European Commission presented its views on the future transnational programme areas on 18 December 2012 to be adopted by means of implementing act. The new regulatory framework (EC Draft Common Provision Regulation, Annex 1, Article 7(2) and Draft ETC Regulation, Article 3(3) provides that relevant transnational cooperation programmes shall assist the implementation of macro-regional strategies to ensure a consistent approach between them.

According to the proposal, the European Commission has proposed that the present area of the South East Europe Programme Transnational Cooperation Programme will be covered in the next programming period 2014-2020 by two transnational programmes: Danube and South East Gateway (renamed later on Adriatic-Ionian). These two new programmes will support the development and implementation of two Macro Regional Strategies: Danube and Adriatic-Ionian Regions. A third transnational programme in the area was proposed by the EC in December 2013: Balkan-Mediterranean.

Thematic priorities of the Danube programme will be defined in line with the relevant draft EC legislation, the national priorities of Partner States, and reflect the needs of the programme area. Topics to be addressed by programme priorities may include many of traditional transnational cooperation topics, like innovation, transport, environment, etc.

Implementation of the programme will be coordinated by joint structures set up in Budapest, Hungary. Implementing structures of the programme are designed in a new institutional setup, taking into account simplification and transnationality as guiding principles.

The priority axes of the programme will be: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region; Environment and culture responsible Danube region; Better connected and energy responsible Danube region and Well-governed Danube region.

The new programme global ERDF contribution is 202,3 million euros and IPA contribution 19,8 million euros

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