TalentMagnet Improved Institutional Capacities and New Multilevel Governance for Talent Attraction and Retention in the Danube Region

TalentMagnet addresses major societal (demographic and labour market) challenges caused by the outmigration of highly-educated young people, primarily from small- and medium sized towns in the Danube Region (brain drain). Our project intends to address these challenges by improved multilevel governance, targeted policy instruments and practical tools to attract and retain talent – tailored to the specific needs of small municipalities. These challenges are DTP-specific: according to OECD-UNDESA “World migration in Figures”, the biggest increase in emigration rates have been recorded in Danube area. This has grave demographic and labour market implications: these countries experience shortage of highly educated labour force. Limited institutional capacities and lack of prior experience of public bodies, other relevant stakeholders (especially in smaller towns) in the region hinder effective combating against outmigration of young workforce.The main objective of TalentMagnet is to strengthen multilevel governance and improve institutional capacities to reduce the outmigration of talented young workforce. The main result of TalentMagnet is an established new multilevel and transnational governance model/tools/plans for talent attraction and retention, by more effective, wider and deeper transnational cooperation across the DTP.
Our partnership is characterized by transnational, intersectoral and multilevel cooperation forming a Quadruple Helix model with partners from academia, business, politics/administration and civil society in a joint learning process. The ERDF/IPA/ENI partners as well as ASP come from 12 countries: TM will help institutional actors and other stakeholders in the DTP to identify obstacles, develop and implement a plan to address them. Our partnership will improve institutional capacities, design 13 strategies, develop a toolkit, deliver 13 pilot actions, develop policy proposals while establishing a new multilevel governance model.
Improved Institutional Capacities  and New Multilevel Governance  for Talent Attraction and Retention in the Danube Region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2541875
ERDF Contribution: 1879456.25
IPA Contribution: 176927.5
ENI Contribution: 104210
Call number
Call 3
Well-governed Danube region
Specific objective
Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj Lead partner danilo.ceh@bistra.si Slovenia
Municipality of Velenje ERDF partner helena.knez@velenje.si Slovenia
First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association ERDF partner lukovicsmiklos@gmail.com Hungary
Municipality of Nyiregyhaza ERDF partner balasa.roland@nyiregyhaza.hu Hungary
Harghita County Council ERDF partner borbathcsilla@hargitamegye.ro Romania
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Project News

  • TalentMagnet - eNewsletter - Issue2
    - 24-04-2021
    eNewsletter - Issue2

    What an amazing eNewsletter :-) TalentMagnet spring style :-)  Read about the most important findings of our Kick-off conference, learn more about the key messages of our spekakers, and explore the statistics of our conference. On page 3, you...

  • TalentMagnet - Situation analysis
    - 25-03-2021
    Situation analysis

    The partner-level situation analysis was conducted in the framework of the TalentMagnet project co-financed by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme. For this purpose, the Leibniz Institute for East- and Southeast European Studies (IOS), as...

  • TalentMagnet - Survey results
    - 25-03-2021
    Survey results

    A primary research – survey among the target groups was prepared within the Activity A.1.1 Establishing State of the Art on governance models and talent issues, carried out by the Centre for European Perspective with inputs of knowledge providers...

  • TalentMagnet - 167 participants from 20 countries - 26,341 people reached - This was the TalentMagnet Conference
    - 19-03-2021
    167 participants from 20 countries - 26,341 people reached - This was the TalentMagnet Conference

    167 participants from 20 countries worked together in the TalentMagnet conference. We had attendees from many Danube region countries, but also from Spain, France, Jordan, Azerbaidzan. The morning section was targeted for mainly for policy...

  • TalentMagnet - 116,173 people reached between 19th February and 18th March
    - 18-03-2021
    116,173 people reached between 19th February and 18th March

    We are proud to inform you about historical statistics of our TalentMagnet project: In the last one month, TalentMagnet Facebook page reached 116,173 people.  Yes, you see it well: more than 100 thousand people! Currently, our most highlighted...

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