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 is it 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. 

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)