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26 June 2012

Question for oral answer O-000134/2012

to the Commission

Rule 115

Michael Theurer, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Ioan Enciu, Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Corina Creţu, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Victor Boştinaru, Ivailo Kalfin, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, George Sabin Cutaş, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Ismail Ertug, Olga Sehnalová, Knut Fleckenstein, Edit Herczog, Zita Gurmai, Franziska Katharina Brantner, Patrizia Toia, Niccolò Rinaldi, Eva Lichtenberger, Katarína Neveďalová, Gesine Meissner, Vladko Todorov Panayotov, Evgeni Kirilov, Sonia Alfano, Viktor Uspaskich, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Alexander Alvaro, Renate Weber, Jelko Kacin, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Kent Johansson, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Elisabeth Schroedter, Elisabeth Jeggle, Mariya Nedelcheva, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Jürgen Creutzmann, Nadja Hirsch, Minodora Cliveti, Iliana Malinova Iotova, Filiz Hakaeva Hyusmenova, Csaba Sándor Tabajdi

  Subject:  Implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

The European Council of 18 and 19 June 2009 invited the Commission to set up an EU Strategy for the Danube Region by the end of 2010. In December 2010 the Commission published the ‘European Union Strategy for the Danube Region’ (COM(2010)0715) and the accompanying action plan, which proposes four pillars that focus on 11 priority areas. During the development and the implementation of the EU Danube Strategy, Parliament was a constant and trustworthy partner and it will continue to be so. Parliament supported the idea of a macro-regional strategy in the Danube region, adopted two resolutions[1] and proposed and adopted the preparatory action entitled ‘the definition of the Governance model for the EU Danube Region – better and effective coordination. Furthermore, through the MEP Danube Forum, the European Parliament has demonstrated its support for the bottom-up approach by providing a forum for exchanges of views between interested stakeholders from the region and for information on this macro-regional strategy.

In its resolution from February 2011[2], the European Parliament called on the Commission, in the context of the need to carry out an interim analysis of the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), to prepare concrete instruments and criteria for evaluating projects based on indicators that allow comparisons to be made.

We have asked the Commission to analyse the first results and lessons learned from the implementation of the EUSDR.

In this respect, we would like to call on the Commission to inform Parliament on the status of implementation and updating of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

What measures does the Commission intend to take to further facilitate, to improve and to accelerate the implementation of the EU Danube Strategy? Can the Commission inform the European Parliament on the status of the work and of the latest achievements of the EUSDR steering groups?

Can the Commission explain to Parliament how the structural funds have helped with the implementation of projects in the Danube region and how much funding is still available from the Structural Funds for the Danube region?

Can the Commission explain to Parliament how it intends to help Member States to better reflect the EUSDR flagship projects in the operational programmes for the use of Structural Funds for the financial period 2014-2020?

Tabled: 26.6.2012

Forwarded: 28.6.2012

Deadline for reply: 5.7.2012

[2]  P7_TA(2011)0065.              P7_TA(2011)0065.

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