FIRST NATIONAL DANUBE PARTICIPATION DAY IN SLOVENIA
The Danube region brings together 14 countries and some of them are very close to Slovenia (geographically, also culturally and historically) and some of the most important economically important ones, as well as some more remote countries, which makes the macroregions a good tool to get to know them more closely. These are – besides Slovenia – Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, (part) of Germany, (part) of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and (part) of Ukraine.
Topics in which Slovenian project partners are involved are very different. Because we are stronger together, we decided to organize an informal meeting for all of us who are active in the Danube Region. Thus, at the half-day event, we brought together projects from various transnational and cross-border programs, all involving Slovenian partners. We exchanged experiences on communication, reaching target groups, influencing policy making, discussing how the projects can work together, getting to know the EuroAccess online search tool and finding out about the role of the Danube Strategy Point that has just been established. At the end, the participants were divided in groups according to their filed of work and exchanged opportunities for cooperation with colleagues from the same field.
The Center for European Perspective as Coordinator of the Priority Area 10 – Institutional Capacity and Cooperation – EU Strategy for the Danube Region organized a meeting where about 60 participants from different fields were gathered – NGOs, institutions, ministries, agencies, private companies, municipalities, institutes, faculties and universities. They agreed that such networking event was indispensable and that it would be reasonable to repeat it sooner and even in greater number.