Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • Research and innovation

        Investment priority 1B

        • Improve framework conditions for innovation:
          Improve the institutional and infrastructural framework conditions and policy instruments for research & innovation to ensure a broader access to knowledge for the development of new technologies and the social dimension of innovation.

        • Increase competences for business and social innovation:
          Foster innovative learning systems to increase competences of employees in the business sector, to strengthen entrepreneurial culture and learning contributing to better meet social needs and the delivery of services in the general interest.

    • Environment and resource efficiency

        Investment priority 6B

        • Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention:
          Strengthen joint and integrated approaches to further develop and implement River
          Basin Management Plans in the Partner States in line with the overall Danube River Basin Management Plan in order to improve transnational water management and
          flood risk prevention contributing to the sustainable provision of ecosystem services.

        Investment priority 6C

        • Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources:
          Strengthen joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural heritage and resources in the Danube region as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies.

        Investment priority 6D

        • Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors:
          Strengthen effective approaches to preservation, restoring and management of bio-corridors and wetlands of transnational relevance to contribute to the better conservation status of ecosystems of European relevance.

        • Improve preparedness for disaster risk management:
          Establish a more effective governance system for emergency situations and improve the preparedness of public authorities and civil protection organisation to better manage natural and climate change related risks (such as floods, forest fires, landslide, land erosion, earthquakes) and manmade risks (e.g. industrial accidental river pollution) contributing to the sustainable provision of ecosystem services.

    • Sustainable transport

        Investment Priority 7C

        • Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas:
          Improve planning, coordination and practical solutions for an environmentally-friendly, low-carbon and safer transport network and services in the programme area contributing to a balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas.

        Investment priority 7E

        • Improve energy security and energy efficiency:
          Contribute to the energy security and energy efficiency of the region by supporting the development of joint regional storage and distribution solutions and strategies for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage.

    • Better public administration

        Investment priority 11ETC

        • Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges:
          Strengthen multilevel- and transnational governance and institutional capacities and provide viable institutional and legal frameworks for more effective, wider and deeper transnational cooperation across the Danube region in areas with major societal challenges.

        • Support to the governance and implementation of the EUSDR:
          Improve the governance system and the capabilities and capacities of public institutions and key actors involved in complex transnational project development to implement the EUSDR in a more effective way.

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The Danube Transnational Programme is one of the programmnes of the European Territorial Cooperation objective, better known by Interreg, funded by the European Union (one of the goals of European Union cohesion policy).

EU Cooperation programmes are primarily designed for further territorial integration through enhanced cooperation in specific policy fields. The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) promotes economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region. In order to achieve a higher degree of territorial integration of the very heterogeneous Danube region, the transnational cooperation programme acts as a policy driver and pioneer to tackle common challenges and needs in specific policy fields where transnational cooperation is expected to deliver tangible results.

It comprises 14 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany – Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria-, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine – partly). The variety of natural environment, the socio-economic differences and cultural diversity of the various parts of the area may be perceived as major challenges but actually represent important opportunities and unexploited potential. Considering its geographical coverage, this highly complex programme provides a political dimension to transnational cooperation which is unique in Europe, successfully facing challenges such as ensuring good mechanisms to contract partners who receive funding from different EU instruments.

Geographically, the Danube Transnational Programme area overlaps with the territory addressed by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and comprising also the Danube river basin. Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) are sought.

The Danube Transnational Programme focuses on four thematic priorities and opens calls for proposals related to them:

1. Innovative and socially responsible Danube Region (foster eco-innovation, knowledge transfer, cluster policy, social innovation and skilled entrepreneurship including technological and non-technological innovation aspects)
2. Environment and Culture responsible Danube Region (preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural assets, maintain major ecological corridors along river systems, environmental risk prevention and management)
3. Better connected Danube Region (improve regional connectivity to the TEN-T network, environmentally-friendly transport systems, regional energy planning and –coordination)
4. Well governed Danube Region (strengthen multilevel- and transnational governance in areas with major societal challenges, more effective governance of the EUSDR and complex transnational project development)

The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Target groups which can apply for funding are regional and local authorities, development agencies, universities and research institutes, chambers of commerce, innovation centers and other relevant actors in the field of innovation, economic development, environment, transport, energy and institutional capacity as well as stakeholders and governance of the EUSDR.

The implementation of the programme is coordinated by joint structures (Managing Authority, hereinafter MA and Joint Secretariat, hereinafter JS) set up in Budapest, Hungary. The Joint Secretariat (JS) is in charge of the technical implementation of the Programme, including the communication activities. It supports the Managing Authority in programme coordination and implementation.


The total programme budget is 274 578 077 euros, including the EU support (231 924 597,00 €) and the national counterpart (42 653 480,00 €).

The EU support comes from three different funds:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (202 095 405,00 €)
  • Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) (19 829 192,00 €)
  • European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) (10 000 000,00 €)

Selected projects are financed up to 85% of their costs.

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