Kurz: Enhanced cooperation for the Danube Region Strategy
3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Vienna, 26 June 2014 – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said he was pleased with the progress and potential of the Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) on the occasion of the third Annual Forum of the EUSDR stakeholders that is being held in Vienna on 26 and 27 June. "This strategic effort is a real added value for regional cooperation. All fourteen countries of the Danube area work together – irrespective of whether they are, or are not yet EU members; they work towards common objectives such as integration of the Danube region, environmental protection, sustainable development and strengthening prosperity."
The conference of ministers is being held at the Foreign Ministry today and focuses on how to reach the common political objectives through improved cooperation between the participating countries. This will require first of all an improvement of the tools available and calls for strengthening the institutional capacities of the region. Economic success can only be achieved where the quality of administrative services is ensured, wrongdoing is reduced to a minimum and transparency is assured.
Another important aspect is how the Danube region is growing together. This process requires improved transport connections in the Danube area, intensified cooperation in tourism – especially with regard to the cultural heritage – together with a continuing dialogue between cultures. "If the region is to grow together, we will be able to make an essential contribution by ensuring intercultural and inter-ethnic dialogue. The cultural diversity we have here represents a great opportunity for the entire region", Sebastian Kurz concluded.
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