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  1. Sustainable Energy for the Danube Region EUSDR Priority Area 2: To encourage more sustainable energy Olga Svitáková, Coordinator of the PA2

  2. Sustainable energy within the concept of EUSDR • Macro-regional strategy for the Danube region prepared by the European Commission and approved by European Council in June 2011 • Implementation of integrated approach towards the specific needs of the Danube Region countries • Action Plan – four pillars (goals) – core of the Strategy: • Connecting the Danube Region • Protecting the Environment in the Danube Region • Building Prosperity in the Danube Region • Strengthening the Danube Region

  3. Sustainable energy within the concept of EUSDR • Connecting the Danube Region (Pillar A) • Focused on transport, energy and culture/ tourism issues • To improve connectivity within the Danube Region and with the rest of Europe, in terms of infrastructures, systems and people • 3 priority areas of improvement through the Strategy: • To improve mobility and multimodality • To encourage more sustainable energy • To promote culture and tourism, people to people contacts

  4. Sustainable energy within the concept of EUSDR • Actions to meet the objectives of the respective areas • Supports the Europe 2020 Strategy priorities from the energy point of view: • Smart growth - better transport and energy infrastructures are conditions for innovation • Sustainable growth - supports reduction of energy consumption, increase of renewable energy to make it more environmentally friendly and efficient • Inclusive growth - energy can be made more secure and affordable • Decisive factor – integrated (bottom-up) approach, starting from below (regions  Europe)

  5. Participating countries • 14 participatingcountries: • 8 EU members: • Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania • 6 Non-EU Members: • Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Ukraine

  6. Main Energy Targets for EUSDR The targets are in compliance with EU energy priorities Elaborate further the overarching European energy policy goals based on the Energy 2020 goals 'a strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy' with special attention to the energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond and to work towards the completion of the energy internal market; the non Member States are aspiring to achieving these goals. Mainly focused on: • Achievement of national targets based on the Europe 2020 climate and energy targets. • Remove existing bottlenecks in energy transport in countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in order to allow reverse flow of gas by 2015. • Strengthen cooperation of the Energy Community countries with international financial institutions to upgrade the EC countries’ energy infrastructure and energy markets by 2015. • The targets are already elaborated into concrete actions

  7. Governance of EUSDR • Steering Group meetings: • 2 meetings so far: • 1st Steering Group kick-off meeting – Budapest, June 23, 2011: • 2nd Steering Group meeting – Prague, October 27, 2011 • 3rd Steering Group meeting – Budapest, February 23, 2012 • 4th Steering Group meeting - under preparation – May/June, 2012

  8. Governance of EUSDR • Participation in Steering Groups: Emb – Embassy representativeonly BY - Bavaria

  9. Governance of EUSDR • 2nd Steering Group meeting – Prague, October 27, 2011: • Selecting the Danube projects • Statistics concerning projects submitted during the 2ndSteering Group meeting:

  10. Energy projects relatingto target areas • Selected projects and L/Rs: • 3 planned energy infrastructure projects: • Bulgaria-Serbia Gas Interconnector (submitted by Bulgaria) • Bulgaria-Romania Energy Markets Coupling (submitted by Bulgaria) • Slovakia-Hungary Interconnector (Submitted by Slovakia) • Typical existing projects: • Sustainable energy (biogas, geothermal energy use)

  11. Energy projects relatingto target areas • Typical projects: • Infrastructure interconnection (transmission lines, gas interconnection) • Sustainable energy (biogas, geothermal energy use)

  12. Energy projects relatingto target areas • Czech project: • Ostrava Smart City Initiative • The project has typical features of Danube Strategy project, model project: • Resolves complex issues of energy effectiveness in the Ostrava region - consistent with the objectives of Energy 2020 Strategy • Solves problems of polluted areas with the environmental burden of past • Complex in terms of project funding (City of Ostrava, EU, Czech government, private sector partners) • Currently submitted in SET Plan - science, research, innovation • Model project for the cooperation of other similar cities and regions in Danube Region • It shall be submitted for consideration on February 23, 2012 during SG meeting

  13. Meeting of PAC and NCPin Bucharest 30.-31.1.2012 • Dealt with the most significant issues related to the smooth progress and further development of the Danube Strategy • Projects • Funding • Governance, reporting and communication

  14. Follow-up of Meeting of PAC and NCP in Bucharest 30.-31.1.2012 • Projects • Development of new project with added value for the Danube Region • Model project – possibilities for repeated actions • Multiplication effect – impact on economic development and growth of Danube Region • Horizontal energy solution – EE, networks, transport, etc.

  15. Follow-up of Meeting of PAC and NCP in Bucharest 30.-31.1.2012 • Funding • No new funds – basic principle • Mobilization of all existing funds • Cohesion and Structural Funds • 7th FP for R&D • Special fund for South-East Europe (Transnational cooperation program) • Combination of national and EU funding

  16. Follow-up of Meeting of PAC and NCP in Bucharest 30.-31.1.2012 • Governance, reporting and communication • Strengthen the role of coordinators of priority areas (PACS) • Develop national network for strategy implementation • Cooperation among national government and local authorities • Involvement of specialized agencies, associations, chambers, etc. • The first progress report on implementation of the Action Plan – June 2012

  17. Next steps and activities in 2012 • 23 February: Budapest – Steering group priority area 2 • 22 March: Vienna – 1st dialogue on EUSDR financing • 23 – 24 April: Berlin – HLG to the Baltic and Danube Strategy • 31 May: Budapest – Stakeholder seminar for PA2 • Preparation of Annual Report • 26 – 27 November: Regensburg – 1st Annual forum of EUSDR

  18. Links to EUSDR European Commission – EU Strategy for the Danube Region: E-mail: Interact - EU Strategy for the Danube Region : Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Section of European Affairs, European Policy Coordination Department: E-mail: Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic:

  19. Thank you for your attentionOlga Svitáková, PA2