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Please find below a list of partnerships and networks, Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" is closely working with (in alphabetical order, not exhaustive).


Bled Strategic Forum has evolved into a leading international conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe, annually bringing together a diverse set of participants, including heads of state and government, ministers, diplomats, businesspeople, scholars and experts, youth, and media from around the world. The Forum, hosted in Bled, Slovenia, focuses on engaging the participants in discussions about, and seeking out-of-the-box solutions for, compelling regional and global challenges. 

Bled Strategic Forum Website

Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CoDCR)

The Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CoDCR)  is a platform for municipalities and regional governments in the Danube Region. By communicating and exchanging on joint projects, the network is a strategic partner within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in stepping up institutional capacity building and cooperation at local and regional level.

CoDCR Website

Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF)

The Danube Civil Society Forum (DCSF) is a platform for civil society cooperation, capacity building and networking in the Danube Region and was established in accordance with the EU Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" and the DCSF jointly organise the Danube Participation Days, drafted the Agenda for Participation and cooperate - amongst others - on the implementation of the Participation Partnerships.

DCSF Website

Danube Governance Hub

The „Danube Governance Hub (DGH)” supports Good Governance and Public Administration Re-form (PAR) in the Danube Region. The vision is to create the foundation for a strong public sector with high capacity based on European standards for the European Union, its members, candidate and neighbouring countries. The KDZ-Centre for Public Administration Research will act as operational office of the DGH.

Website Danube Governance Hub


Danube Local Actors Platform (D-LAP)

The Danube Local Actors Platform (D-LAP) is a platform for representatives from public administration (cities, municipalities and regions), civil society, research and international organisations created and hosted by Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation". The platform aims at exchanging knowledge and activities for better cooperation and coordination in the Danube Region. Furthermore, the D-LAP is an advisory platform for the Danube Participation Day.

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DTP Capitalisation Strategy: Thematic Pole 11: "Participatory and local Governance"

The Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) launched a Thematic Capitalisation Strategy that gathers DTP projects and EUSDR Priority Area Coordinators in order to establish a clear link between the strategic and the project level. Priority Area 10 co-leads the Thematic Pole 11 "Participatory and local Governance" with the Geodetic Institute Slovenia (Lead Partner of ATTRACTIVE DANUBE). The Thematic Pole is open to all interested projects and stakeholders active in the area of participatory and local governance.

Website Thematic Pole 11

ESF Network Danube Region

The ESF Network Danube Region is a network of ESF Managing Authorities in the Danube Region, Priority Area 9 "People and Skills" and Priority Area 10 "Institutional Capacity and Cooperation" of the EU Stragey for the Danube Region aiming at exchange and cooperate on furthering transnational cooperation and implementation of objectives related to social inclusion and institutional capacity building in the Danube Region.

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Interact Network for institutional capacity-building

The network for institutional capacity-building aims at establishing an exchange of experience across programmes/managing authorities and macro-regional strategies with regard to “enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration” (Thematic Objective 11) and thereby lead to a discourse on how those instruments may contribute to capacity development. It also intends to develop the thematic knowledge of participants via the exchange with academia, policy makers, and mainstream policies.

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Participation Partnerships

Priority Area 10 initiated "Participation Partnerships" together with partners such as Priority Area 9 "People and Skills", Priority Area 7 "Knowledge Society", the Danube Civil Society Forum, Agapedia Foundation, the Geodetic Institute Slovenia and many more. The thematic Participation Partnerships are know-how and activity hubs to strengthen participatory governance in the Danube Region. Interested stakeholders from civil society, public administration, research and international organisations share their knowledge, initiatives and work together along five topics: research, local governance, social innovation, funding post-2020 and Roma inclusion.

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The Young Bled Strategic Forum (Young BSF) is an annual conference bringing together young leaders to engage in lively discussion and develop out-of-the-box solutions to some of the most pressing world issues. The Young BSF model has been growing and changing and has become a unique meeting place for a diverse array of young leaders, entrepreneurs, bloggers, thinkers and socially active individuals, offering them a platform to share their visions, exchange ideas and connect with one another.

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