We, the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), are one of the successors of the South East Europe (SEE) Cooperation Programme. It was us back then to design a Thematic Capitalisation Strategy which capitalised on the knowledge of the 122 SEE projects.
Now, the DTP has designed its own Capitalisation Strategy, which is thriving in a new context, differing to the SEE in a few aspects.
What is different?
First, the DTP Capitalisation Strategy is as young as the DTP 1st call projects, meaning it will be growing together with the projects, hand in hand, grasping important aspects, welcoming and integrating the projects from the future calls and working as “knowledge and inventory manager”.
We are acting, like true visionaries, in a timely advanced manner, preparing the background for great outcomes and results to bloom. It means that at this first stage, we are enabling the synergy building between the DTP projects, as well as with other projects funded by other financial instruments. This is a first phase which will make it possible for the projects to get to know each other’s work, establish professional links in order to cooperate and score better outcomes and results through peer learning, benchmarking, etc.
Here is to say that the DTP Capitalisation Strategy is perceived as a living organism with its phases, recycling all the time – after each call for proposals, new projects will be joining the Thematic Poles and the synergy building will restart with the new projects, while at the same time, the first results and outcomes will be in the making phase. So, the lapse of time will not tarnish the achievements but add value. Like the capital grows when invested wisely.
Second, the set-up of the DTP thoroughly considered the EU Strategy for the Danube Region . As one result of the close alignment of DTP and EUSDR, all DTP Priority Axis and related Specific Objectives show direct linkages to the pillars of one or more EUSDR Priority Areas. Furthermore, and in relation to the EUSDR, the DTP Joint Secretariat (JS) has created the different Thematic Poles (TP) based on the EUSDR Priority Areas to reinforce the links between the Programme and the Strategy and foster the capitalisation opportunities.
The DTP welcomes this outstanding opportunity to be working in such a complex environment and turns it into the benefits of the Programme, as a whole and the Capitalisation Strategy, as such. Aligning the Thematic Poles with the EUSDR and making close working contacts with the EUSDR Priority Area Coordinators (PACs) ensures translation of the EU policies in the ground actions. On the other hand, the EUSDR may benefit of newly formed networks and collect information and valuable inputs from the ground.
Third, the DTP is the biggest transnational programme in terms of the partner states. And not only it is the biggest one but it is also unique in succeeding to integrate three funds– ERDF, IPA and ENI. From Germany, all the way to Ukraine and Moldova, our project partners are working together, applying the same rules, on equal footing, on solving the problems and finding sustainable solutions. Therefore, we, the DTP, proudly say that we offer the ground to our beautiful Danube region to capitalise on its achievements and keep being beautiful for future generations to come.
We continued the legacy of the SEE and made the historical step of integrating the three funds. Project partners coming from the Danube region, which is as vast as the potentials it offers, will build synergies, help and learn from each other and capitalise on previous successful results.
Taking the first steps…
To facilitate thematic exchange among projects, several Thematic Poles are defined by the critical mass of projects addressing each topic. Each Thematic Pole has nominated a pole leader, responsible for coordinating the pole's activities and facilitating the flow of information within the pole, as well as to the DTP JS. The EUSDR Priority Area Coordinators are part of the Thematic Poles and in such a way ensure that the Poles’ activities are streamlined with the EUSDR Priority Areas.
DTP projects are at the core of the Thematic Poles, they own the process of synergy-building and capitalisation. The DTP JS supports this process in terms of communication and coordination, collecting the outcomes of each Thematic Pole and making sure it reaches programme bodies, stakeholders and other Interreg programmes. Moreover, the DTP Capitalisation Strategy is open to projects coming from other EU-funded programmes and from other funding instruments, which may give an added-value to the capitalisation process within each TP.
Taking this into regard, the first phase shall be focused on a synergy building among projects and we truly believe this shall open room to new approaches, solutions and improvements.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase”, Martin Luther King Jr.
What are the objectives of the DTP Capitalisation Strategy?
- To valorise and further build upon the knowledge resulting from projects working in a thematic field
- To fill knowledge-gaps by linking actors with complementary thematic specialisation, experiences, methodological approaches or geographical scope
- To increase the visibility of the projects and the programme and to ensure their impact on the policy making process at local, regional, national and European levels
- To strengthen strategic thematic networks in the Programme area
- To encourage the wider take-up of project outcomes from outside the DTP Programme area
- To contribute to the design and/or implementation of future transnational cooperation in the area
We invite you to follow the work of our Thematic Poles’ closely as the web page will be updated constantly.