On the second day of the Annual Forum of the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), which took place at the Palace of the Parliament, Secretary of State for European Affairs Melania-Gabriela Ciot moderated the thematic session titled “The Future of EU macro-regional strategies in the post-2020 framework” as well as the closing session of the event.
In her speech, the Romanian official emphasised the outcomes of the Forum and pointed out that cohesion was the main priority of the Romanian Presidency of the EUSDR, as a prerequisite for more prosperous regions and for building a more united and stronger Europe.
In that context, she reaffirmed that the Member States needed to reach a consensus on a final paper that should meet the proposals and address the concerns of the citizens, by enabling a connection between political decision-makers and the actual development needs in the Danube Region.
In the speech she delivered on the closure of the Forum, Secretary of State Melania-Gabriela Ciot reiterated that it was important to relaunch the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region, a major objective that Romania pursued under the term of its presidency, and that the conclusions of the EUSDR Annual Forum stood for a new step towards achieving that objective.
At the end of her address, Secretary of State for European Affairs Melania-Gabriela Ciot gave voice to her conviction that it was possible to design a new and effective action plan that would address the future of the Danube Region.
On June 27-28, 2019, Bucharest hosted the 8th edition of the Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
The core event of the Romanian Presidency of the EUSDR, held under the motto of “Building cohesion for a shared prosperity in the Danube Region”, was organised under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The event enjoyed a rich agenda dwelling on a series of topics of interest bearing on sustainable development as well as social and territorial cohesion in the Danube Region.
The EUSDR Annual Forum was attended by high European officials, by dignitaries representing the EUSDR countries and the relevant European institutions, ministers, national and priority areas coordinators, central and local public authorities, by members in the Inter-ministerial Working Group (IWG), representatives of the academic world, the business environment and of the civil society.