Vienna, 8 November 2010 Press release

Spindelegger: “The Danube Region is a European project fit for the future”

Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger attends Danube Region Conference in Bucharest

Vienna, 8 November 2010 – “Our goal was to turn the Danube Region into a matter of European concern. I am delighted that we have succeeded in transforming an austro-rumanian idea into a European project fit for the future” stated Austria’s Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger at today´s Danube Summit in Bucharest.

“Today’s meeting marks another milestone in the development of a common EU Strategy for the Danube Region. For the first time all states in the region have been involved in the constitutional process from the very beginning, without differentiating between member- and non-memberstates. This constitutes a unique approach” said the Foreign Minister, expressing his delight in the successful international collaboration.

For months the European Commission as well as its neighbouring states have been working on  the practical elaboration of a common EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The focal points of the Strategy lie in the improvement of transportation and infrastructure connections, the protection of eco-systems in a sustainable way and increased competitiveness. One of Austria’s main goals is to prove that a more efficient use of the Danube as a route of transport is possible while at the same time maintaining high environmental standards. Austria is also using its know-how in the respective field in order to facilitate the achievement of this goal.

“The holistic approach of the Strategy has proven to be highly successful. It combines various sectors, such as transportation, environment, mobility and economic development, thus offering new synergies. We need to continue this way of proceeding throughout the whole process of implementation”, stated Spindelegger and added: “We are on the right track.  I am confident that – provided we continue to collaborate as intensively as ever – the Strategy will not only connect the people of the region more closely, but will also contribute to increased prosperity in the Danube Region”.

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