THE EUROPEAN Commission is currently finalising the draft version of its Danube Strategy, a document which outlines goals for regions within the Danube basin, including Slovakia, until 2020. The draft strategy establishes several high objectives: to ensure that within 10 years no one living within the Danube basin will need to leave their home region for the sake of higher education or employment, or in search of growing prosperity elsewhere, the WAZ EUobserver magazine reported.
The official version of the document is expected to be unveiled on December 8.
The Danube basin includes: Germany (especially Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria), Austria, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria as members of the EU, as well as Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova and parts of Ukraine.
“Within a decade the Danube Strategy should have helped to make this a truly competitive region, and one of the most attractive in Europe for investors, with stronger transport links and a well-protected environment, secure and confident in the face of new challenges, including climate change and organised crime,” the EC draft states, as quoted by WAZ.euobserver.com.
The strategy outlines a series of problems and proposed solutions. Actions are organised into four “pillars”: transport connections; the environment; building prosperity; and improving security.
8. Nov 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff