DCP and Danube technical meetings
Since 2002, the SP has tried to increase co-operation among the riparian states of the Danube across a number of sectors and has also focused in particular on promoting the increased use of the Danube as an environmentally friendly mode of transport. The SP has focused its efforts on the Danube Co-operation Process and the Danube technical meetings.
Danube Co-operation Process
On the basis of an initiative developed by Austria, Romania, the European Commission and the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, the Danube Co-operation Process was formally launched at its First Ministerial Conference on the 27th of February 2002 by the adoption of a Declaration by the European Commission, the Stability Pact and the 13 participating countries of the Danube Basin.
Its objectives, as laid down in the Declaration, are to “broaden and deepen present Danube Co-operation and give to it clear political and economic dimensions, without creating new institutions, but taking stock of and using the existing structures and, where necessary, harmonizing their objectives and efforts, providing a focus, where appropriate, for their efforts within the Danube region”. The Danube Cooperation Process envisages to optimize the cooperation between the countries in the region at political level and also in the sphere of economy, sustainable development, transport, navigation, tourism, culture and sub-regions (the six dimensions of the DCP).
The latest DCP Ministerial Conference held in Belgrade in April 2007 requested Senior Officials to further review the concept of “enhancing the co-ordination and effectiveness within and across the dimensions of the DCP”, proposed by the SP. The SP’s call for enhanced co-ordination in the Process is to try to promote the visibility of the DCP and ensure progress on co-operation by securing agreement on a number of specific projects in each dimension that can act as demonstration projects for wider co-operation in the Danube Basin.
The RCC will retain the SP’s seat on the Danube Co-operation Process at both Ministerial and Senior Officials Level. Dr. Busek as coordinator of SECI will continue to be active on Danube co-operation.
Danube technical Meeting
Beside the involvement of the SP in the DCP, the SP has organised a series of Danube technical meetings which have addressed among other issues the topics of flood prevention, container traffic, inland ports and the potential development of hydropower stations in the Danube Basin. These meetings are jointly organised by the SP, SECI and TINA Vienna.. Other Danube related organisations such as the Working Community of the Danube Regions and ICPDR have contributed to the success of these meetings