Danubius International Conferences, 6th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Macro-Regional Strategies in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities

Mariana Trandafir, Manuela Panaitescu
Last modified: 2016-06-01


The paper presents in terms of European macro-regional strategies implemented or under implementation, the role of these strategies in the broader context of the 2020 Strategy and the EU policy framework. New, powerful, innovative and potential instrument for promoting European integration and territorial cooperation, the macro-regional strategies have been designed in order to mobilize new projects and initiatives and to provide a coordinated response to issues which are better dealt with together than apart, creating a sense of shared responsibility. The research seeks to clarify, using survey and observation, the main concepts used in defining macro-regional strategies. Lessons learned from experiments already established - the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea and Danube Region - are analyzed in the paper compared to the new macro-regional strategies in order to identify the relevant issues of strategic point of view, offering real added value, enabling an effective and coherent governance of macro-regions and Europe in full.