Category Archives: Danubian Bulletin


Launching the SMART Innovative Learning Hub

House of Romanian Academy – 2 February 2018 ~

In view of better supporting and promoting the access of Romanian relevant stakeholders/beneficiaries to the European Funds mostly related to the bioeconomy, innovation, sustainable development, good governance, the International Honorary Chair “Jean Bart” in favour of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (CIO-SUERD), project founded by EUROLINK-House of EuropeFoundation in 2012, in partnership with the Romanian Academy, will launch at the House of the Romanian Academy, on the 2nd of February 2018, the “SMART Innovative Learning Hub”. Other main Institutional Partners are: the Local Communities along the Danube River Association (CLDR), the Romanian Smart City and Mobility Association, the Professional Association for Quality in Training for Public Administration (CINAQ) and URBASOFIA Agency (Rome-Bucharest).

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Rewarding excellency within the Gala ”Integrity, Good Governance and Social Responsibility”

Press Release

As a follow-up of the European Conference deployed in May 2017, at the Palace of the Parliament, and co-sponsored mainly by EUNET and Hanns Seidel Foundation Romania, on the occasion of celebrating 20 years of permanent activity of the EUROLINK – House of Europe Foundation in Bucharest-Romania, on the 8th of December 2018, it took place at the Cotroceni National Museum, at the headquarters of the Romanian Presidency, a special Gala Ceremony for rewarding leading personalities from Romania and other EU countries for their contribution to the Europeanisation of Romania and the promotion of integrity, good governance and social responsibility.

One of the ”Integrity, Good Governance and Social Responsibility” Cups, together with the Diploma of Excellence was conferred to EUNET President, Mr. Richard STOCK, also coordinator of the Centre European Robert Schuman, in recognition of his merits related to the promotion of the European Idea in Central-Eastern Europe.

In the same time, the Danube Head Commissioner, Mr. Peter LANGER, General Coordinator of CoDCR from Ulm – Baden Wurttemberg Land also received a similar distinction for his personal support to a better implementation of EU Danube Strategy in Romania.

The Gala was hosted thanks to the support provided by the Presidential Counselor Mrs. Elena Simina TANASESCU and the General Manager of the National Museum of Cotroceni, Mr. Liviu Sebastian JICMAN, and was preceded by a debate, organised in partnership with the Romanian Smart City and Mobility Association and CLDR Romania, about the relation between Smart City and Good Governance principles, honored by the presence of the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Cristian WINZER, State Secretary and Ministerial Coordinator of the Danube Strategy implementation in Romania.

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Bucharest, 11 December 2017


Improving Anti-Corruption Policies through an active civil society participation

The European Best Practices Transfer Conference & Training Session ”Improving Anti-Corruption Policies and Practices through an active civil society participation” took place in Bucharest (Senate of Romania/House of the Romanian Academy), in the perioad 25-27 May 2017. The event was organised by EUROLINK – House of Europe Foundation with the kind support of the Senate of Romania in cooperation with the European Network for Education and Training – EUNET and co-funded by the “Europe for Citizens Programme” of the European Union and by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The institutional partners were: the Senate of Romania – Commission for the Investigation of Abuse, Fighting Corruption and Petitions; “Acad. Andrei Rădulescu” Legal Research Institute of Romanian Academy; Romanian Union of Liberal Professions (UPLR).

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CALL for repositioning Romania in relation to the new architecture of the European Union

to the President of the EU Council, the European Commission and the EU Parliament as well as the Romanian President, Government and Parliament

The fact that the member states of the EU need the Union, as well as sensible improvement in the decision-making process and the functioning of EU institutions should not need to be argued for. From the perspective of economic and social competitiveness, security and innovation, nations would simply not endure on their own, the way they could have before World War II. Accelerated global competition, against entire continents and emergent economical groups has intensified over the past decade, showcasing the inevitability of cooperation between the EU’s states and their nationals. This is especially poignant for some of the most fragmented of peoples, as is the case in Spain, Belgium or Poland.

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CIO-SUERD rewards the most active members and partners of the Danube

On January 20th, 2017, (12:30h), at the House of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest, took place the  General Assembly of the CLDR Romania – “Local Communities along the Danube River” Association.

The General Coordinator of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CoDCR), Mr. Peter LANGER, attended the meeting as Special Honorary Guest.

In his introductory message, Mr Peter LANGER made an overview of the achievements so far relating to the EUSDR and suggested short ways to enhance cooperation between partners and focus on a few major goals envisaged by the European Commission and CoDCR.

In this regard, the General Coordinator of CoDCR announced that negotiations are underway to support certain energy infrastructure projects, in particular, and of cultural tourism and preservation of cultural and historical heritage in the Danube states. Finally, he invited the representatives of CLDR Romania to the forthcoming meeting of the Executive Committee of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions (Ulm, 26 to 27 April 2017).

After the deployment of the General Assembly, Mr. Peter LANGER congratulated the new Executive Board of CLDR, especially the new President, Mr. Viorel IONESCU, Mayor of Harsova and wished a lot of success for the year 2017.

Mr. Peter LANGER also attended the short ceremony of awarding the most pro-active organisations, partners and persons with the Title and Diploma of Excellence “Romanian Champion in the Danube Region”, by the EUSDR International Honorary Chair “Jean Bart”(CIO-SUERD), coordinated by EUROLINK-House of Europe in partnership with the Romanian Academy.


Recommendations following the Regional Consultation – Constanta, 1 July

At the kind initiative of the Romanian Authority of Tourism – ANT belonging to the Romanian Government, of the EUSDR Contact Point within the European Funds Ministry and  also of CLDR – Romania Association on July 1st 2016 , it took place the first regional consultative reunion in Constanta, at the headquarters of the Maritime University. This event was honored by representatives of both chambers of the Romanian Parliament, most of important ministries and other governmental agencies, universities and city halls.

Through consensus, some proposals and recommendations were identified in order to be submitted to the attention of the Romanian Prime Minister Chancellery.  These ones are considered to be crucial to consistent improvement of the EUSDR implementation of projects and for the attracting new foreign investments in the Danube – Black Sea area:

1. The need to continue the consultative meetings around the country, with the kind support of ANT and other partners;

2. To arrange an appointment at the highest decision-level of the Romanian Government for speeding up the process and preparing some major project proposals on the occasion of Bratislava EUSDR Forum;

3. To support the Ministry of European Funds draft project proposal in association with CLDR Romania in order to be promoted on the occasion of the Joint Governmental Commission Romania-Baden Wurttemberg referring to the creation of the Danube Community of Practices in favor of Innovation through promoting the Knowledge Management within the central and local public administration,

4. The emergence of an institutional partnership with the Ministry of Education for developing an information and promotion campaign about Danube Strategy among the young generation;

5.Granting a larger support by both governmental and non-governmental parts to the already agreed mega-projects related to bio-diversity and of implementing the Daniube Delta Master Plan;

6. The creation of a projects and solutions laboratory, through the co-operation between CLDR and the Maritime University in Constanta, aimed to activate its own web portal inter-connected with the Community of Practices, with the National Danube Officers Network and with other similar European websites;

7. Kindly request of  deeper support from the Romanian Government in order to extend the Danubian movement in Romania and increase the inter-institutional lobby capabilities of CLDR.

At the end, the delegates agreed to disseminate and promote these proposals and recommendations in order to fulfill a more consistent co-operation and implementation climate of Danube Strategy in Romania.

Attached, there is the provisional EUSDR major projects supported by CLDR and its Baden Wurttemberg partners.