Support to EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)
Launched in June 2011, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) aims to boost the development of the Danube Region. This macro-regional strategy relies on an integrated approach to encourage better policy development and the alignment of funding and resources through concrete actions and projects, resulting in a more efficient and better balanced implementation of the EU's overall objectives under Europe 2020.
In November 2011, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission launched a scientific cooperation initiative aiming to address the scientific needs related to the implementation of the strategy and to strengthen the scientific cooperation in the Danube Region. The initiative relies on a strong partnership with key scientific partners of the Danube Region, such as the Academies of Sciences of the Region and the Danube Rectors Conference which represents almost 70 Higher Education Institutions of the Region. In May 2013, at a high-level event in Bratislava, JRC launched 4 scientific flagship clusters: the Danube Water Nexus; the Danube Land and Soil Nexus; the Danube Air Nexus and the Danube Bio-energy Nexus; complemented by 3 horizontal activities: the Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure; the Danube Innovation Partnership; and the Smart Specialization for the Danube Region.
The "Danube Bioenergy Nexus" (DBN) flagship cluster will address the challenges of energy production in the Danube Region while focusing on the high potential of the Danube Region for developing renewable energy from materials derived from biological sources.