The EU macro-regional strategies (MRS, Strategies) address challenges shared within a functional area. They also aim at better implementation of the EU policies and more coordination of existing institutions and financial resources. Currently, there are four MRS adopted and in different implementation stages addressing similar thematic priorities.
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region "Water quality" priority area (EUSDR PA4) in cooperation with Interact Programme initiated a first get-together of experts working on water-related issues in all four MRS – Baltic Sea Region, Adriatic and Ionian Region, Alpine Region and Danube Region. The workshop was focusing on freshwater-related matters and common freshwater-marine issues (e.g. nitrates, plastic pollution, migratory species and adaptation to climate change).
Besides exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences on how the water matters are addressed in the different macro-regions, outlining main challenges, exchanging best practices and lessons learnt, the workshop was aiming at identifying the potential for further exchanges. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss water related issues in the Danube region, in the Baltic Sea region, in the Adriatic and Ionian region and in the Alpine region. Biodiversity, Environmental quality. Experts came from 10 countries and policy areas from Hazards, Water Quality, Environmental Risks, Biodiversity, Environmental Quality and Resources. The summary report of the workshop is available here
The presentations of the workshop are available here