Bulgarian President Rumen Radev called for boosting the development of Danube Region on Friday, after a meeting with his Austrian and Romanian counterparts Alexander Van der Bellen and Klaus Iohannis.
The dynamic development of the Danube Region is a very important factor for the entire European Union (EU), Radev said at a joint press conference after the informal meeting of the three leaders in the town of Ruse.
For centuries, the Danube has been connecting the countries along its upper, middle and lower valleys. Along the Danube are located some of the most developed but also the least developed areas of the EU, Radev said.
These imbalances should be addressed by effective coordination and efforts at European level, Radev said.
În turn, president Iohannis said that it started with great optimism, and some of its goals were fulfilled, but others remained only intentions, adding that that the potential of the region should be utilized.
President Klaus Iohannis declared this Friday that the Danube Strategy should be reviewed and that it could receive a new impulse during the next Multianual Financial Framework.
“I think that there is room for reviewing this Strategy. It should be more visible for the citizens. It should focus on actual projects that create European added value. In the context of wishing to refresh the way in which European money is being spent, during the objective of obtaining European cohesion, the Danube Strategy could receive a new impulse during the next Multiannual Financial Framework”, said president Klaus Iohannis, during the “Sustainable Development of the Danube Region and Interconnection between Regions” Conference held at Kaneff Center – Angel Kanchev University, where the President’s counterparts from Bulgaria and Austria, namely Rumen Radev and Alexander Van der Bellen, took part.
Source: Romanian Presidential Administration.