The ESF Network Danube Region is a network of Managing Authorities of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the Danube Region, Priority Area 9 "People and Skills" and Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" of the EU Stragey for the Danube Region. The network aims at exchanging and cooperating in order to support transnational cooperation and implementation of objectives related to social inclusion and institutional capacity building in the Danube Region.
According to the Joint Statement of Ulm, the ministers in charge of EU Funds, European Affairs and European Integration (2015) reiterated the need for alignment of programmes relevant for the EUSDR implementation, the need for embedding the EUSDR into the 2014-2020 ESIF Operational Programs as well as the need for transparent and timely communication and exchange of information between the actors managing the ESIF Programmes and those in charge of the EUSDR implementation.
Against this background the ESF Managing Authorities of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria launched a network of ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region in order to contribute to the EUSDR, share know-how and experience between ESF managing Authorities, foster transnational cooperation between ESF projects and to establish close links to the EUSDR structures. Thus, Prioirty Area 9 "People and Skills" and Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" joined the network and exchanges with the ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region on transnational project cooperation, programme coordination and embedding of projects/programmes in the strategic context of the EUSDR.
Third Meeting of ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region | 4-5 May 2017 | Vienna (AT)
The 3rd Meeting of ESF Managing Authorities addressed concrete methods of transnational cooperation, ranging from joint calls for proposals to transnational project cooperation and how the macro-regional strategies could support this cooperation. The Baltic Sea Region already implemented some good practices in the field that were presented at the meeting. At the same time, the ESF Managing Authoritiy in Bulgaria started its first transnational ESF call and shared some valuable insights with their peers. Additionally, the ESF Managing Authority in Baden-Württemberg initated first steps towards transnational project cooperation.
Second Meeting of ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region | 7-8 July 2016 | Munich (DE)
The 2nd Meeting of the ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region exchanged on the links between the Operational Programmes (OP) of the European Social Fund and the EU Startegy of the Danube Region. At the same time, the Managing Authorities discussed opportunities to boost transnational cooperation in the Danube Region and collected concrete topics that are addressed in the different OPs such as youth employment, long-term unemployment, inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities in the labour market.