The first meeting of the "Danube Region Strategy Labgroup" took place in Vienna on 17 March 2011 and was the occasion to bring together representatives from national and regional authorities responsible for convergence, competitiveness and territorial cooperation programmes, ESF programmes, European Commission - DG Regional Policy, the European Investment Bank, as well as other financing institutions and actors.
The "Danube Region Strategy Labgroup" is a think tank that will address the new challenges and opportunities of the Strategy for the day-to-day management of operational programmes. The Labgroup shall build on practical expertise of its members and support the development of operational guidance in line with programmes' practices and needs.
The Second meeting of the Danube Labgroup is taking place this week on 14 - 15 June 2011 in Budapest. The discussions will focus on two main aspects: the next steps necessary to get from the Strategy to action and what can be learned from the experience of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
A specific session will be devoted to the communication aspects and coordination among the different stakeholders and how the web platform could help the future implementation work.
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