9th Danube Participation Day

Resilience through Diversity: Involving Civil Society in the Danube Strategy

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The 9th Danube Participation Day takes place on 18 October 2022, back-to-back with the 11th EUSDR Annual Forum.

This year, the Danube Participation Day (DPD) explores the question: How can we build a resilient society with the EU Danube Strategy?

In doing so, we will focus on two concrete aspects:

  1. What role plays participation of civil society for a resilient territorial development in the Danube Region and how can we support it?
  2. How can the EU Danube Strategy support Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova on their path towards EU membership?

The start of our journey takes us to taking stock of the state of play of participation in the EU Danube Strategy. The Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF) and PA 10 Institutional Capacity and Cooperation conducted a survey in summer 2022 on participation of civil society in the Eu Danube Strategy. The results of this survey provide a starting point to discuss benefits, expectations and shortfalls of participation and how to shape effective ways for dialogue.

An equally important question is, how the EU Danube Strategy can contribute to the accession process of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova to the European Union. In particular, the Danube Participation Day aims to examine how participation of civil society in Ukraine and Moldova at national and macroregional level contributes to a fruitful accession process.

Against this background, the 9th Danube Participation Day will discuss expectations of civil society/stakeholder involvement , success factors for civil society participation, and lessons learnt from over 10 years of experience with different ways of stakeholder involvement in the Danube Strategy.

The 9th Danube Participation Day will focus on:

  • Good Practices for Civil Society Involvement for a more resilient and prosperous future in the Danube Region
  • Multi-sector stakeholder cooperation for a sustainable reconstruction in post-war Ukraine

The 9th Danube Participation Day takes place online.

9.30-10.00 Networking/Accessing the Online Platform

Welcome & Opening Session

Ukraine Presidency EU Danube Strategy (tbc)

Claudia Singer | EUSDR Priority Area Coordination 10/City of Vienna

Stefan August Lütgenau | Danube Civil Society Forum/Foster Europe



Corina Stratulat, European Policy Centre (EPC), Belgium

10.30-10.40 Interactive introduction into the Danube Participation Day
10.40-12.00 Resilience through Diversity – Discussing Perspectives of Participation for Resilience in the Danube Region
Panel II: UA/MD: Building Resilience together on the way to the EU membership

  • Igor Studennikov, Center of Regional Studies, Ukraine
  • Olga Cortac, Legal Resource Centre, Republic of Moldova (tbc)
  • Igor Korkhovyi, NC EUSDR, Ukraine (tbc)
  • Corina Stratulat, EPC, Belgium

Moderator: Iryna Gumenchuk, A.B.L.E., Germany


Panel II: Resilient Participation

  • Filip Vagač, Government Office Slovakia, Plenipotentiary SR for the development of citizen society, Slovakia (tbc)
  • Assya Kavrakova, ECAS, European Citizen Action Service, Belgium
  • Mykhailo Nesterenko, Rewilding Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Matthias Holzner, Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Servicebüro Donauraumstrategie, Germany (tbc)

Moderator: Robert Lichtner, Danube Strategy Point, Austria

Interactive Reflexion on Participation in the EUSDR

  • Questionnaire Results
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

Panel Discussion: EUSDR on the path to resilience?

Michal Blaško, NC, Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization, Slovakia

Irene Lucius, WWF-Danube Carpathian Programme, Austria

Lesya Loyko, FORZA, Agency for the development of the Carpathian region, Ukraine

Johan Magnusson, Team Leader at Directorate General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Moderator: Thomas Prorok, KDZ, Austria

14.00-14.15 Coffee Break

Wrap-up | Closing Session

Handing over the Bell

Handing over the bell to the host of the Danube Participation Day 2023, Slovenia.

Stefan August Lütgenau | Danube Civil Society Forum/Foster Europe, Austria

Moderator: Stefan August Lütgenau | Danube Civil Society Forum/Foster Europe, Austria

The preliminary agenda can be subject to change.

Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity & Cooperation” | City of Vienna
info@pa10-danube.eu | www.capacitycooperation.danube-region.eu

Danube Civil Society Forum | Foster Europe
office@foster-europe.org | dcsf.danubestrategy.eu/

What is the Danube Participation Day?

Danube Participation Day

Priority Area 10 (PA10)

Priority Area 10 (PA 10) of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) aims at stepping up institutional capacity and cooperation as a precondition for shaping a sustainable, resilient and prosperous future. In doing so, we address institutional capacity-building, involvement of civil society in public governance, increasing local development and better spending. Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacities & Cooperation” serves as an information and communication hub for local, regional, national and European stakeholders responsible for as well as working in the field of institutional capacity building, participative governance and spatial development.


Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF)

The Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF) is the platform for civil society dialogue and networking in the Danube basin under the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). It functions as the interface for structured consultations between civil society and public and private authorities on the regional, national and EU level as well as to international and intergovernmental organisations active in the region. The Danube Civil Society Forum is dedicated to support civil society organisations in the Danube basin. It aims to promote and enhance civil society participation and networking in the framework of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region.


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Oct 18 2022


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Danube Civil Society Forum


Danube Civil Society Forum

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EUSDR Priority Area 10 | Institutional Capacity & Cooperation
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