Under the Specific Objective 4.2. „Support to the governance and implementation of the EUSDR“ of the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), the PACs of the Priority area 6 (PA 06) were granted co-financing for the project: “Priority Area 06: Biodiversity, Landscapes, Air and Soils”, DTP Project Code and Acronym “DTP-PAC2-PA6”, eMS Project Number “800” (hereinafter: PA 06-02 project).
The PA 06-02 project is established within the 2nd pillar “Protecting the Environment in the Danube Region“, in which the Lead Partner is the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, and Project Partner is the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Croatia, both acting as Priority Area Coordinators (PACs) for PA 06 “Biodiversity and landscapes, quality of air and soils“.
The project is co-financed by EU grants, from the second call for support to the coordinators of priority areas of Priority Axis 4. “Good governance Danube Region” in the INTERREG VB Danube Transnational Cooperation Program 2014-2020, which aims to support the coordination of the implementation of the EUSDR, and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Territorial Cooperation Objective. The total value of the project is 280.080,00 EUR.
The purpose of the PA 06-02 Project is to further support the implementation of the activities of Priority Area 06 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, adapted to the current needs and challenges ahead. In April 2020, a revised EUSDR Action Plan was published, containing newly defined objectives and activities identified under Project PA 06-02. Beside the content-oriented work, the connection to the policy level shall be further strengthened. It is expected that in addition to the operational part of the coordination of PA 06-02, the link between activities and the political level will increase, while the overall expected change after the implementation of this project is improved coordination and implementation of the EUSDR in PA 06. The expected change from the implementation of this project is an improved coordination and implementation of the Strategy in PA 06, as well as a high political momentum for the topics PA 06 is dealing with.
Project PA 06-02 is based on the revised EUSDR Action Plan, PA 06 Implementation Plan (Roadmap), knowledge, experience and results of the work of operational working groups within PA 06. Project PA 06-02 aims to achieve good and functional management in the implementation of the PA 06 objectives, and through its implementation to support the work of the PAC PA 06 in coordination and management, especially through cooperation with relevant stakeholders within the EUSDR, other priority areas and the Steering Group for PA 06. Furthermore, it shall contribute to facilitate effective work of stakeholders connected to PA 06 issues, such as the PA 06 Task Forces, raise awareness of the policy level and the wider public accordingly and gain in-depth knowledge on specific topics. Overall, the project shall contribute particularly to systematically network various stakeholders in the Danube Region with the policy level in the EUSDR states.
The PA 06-02 project lasts until 31 December 2022, and is consisted of four (4) work packages: (1) Management; (2) Policy development; (3) Cooperation and coordination; (4) EUSDR strategic projects and other projects. Through its implementation, the PA 06-02 project directly contributes to the implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region and therefore to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region ACTION PLAN.