Why participation and why local actors and civil society?
The Danube Strategy was established under the impression and impact of the new place-based approach with a strong emphasis on local and regional potential and actors, as well as on the participation of civil society. This requires, among other things:
To achieve these aims, the EUSDR follows a top-down co-ordination mechanism which is meant to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of local regional and national governance structure and territorial co-operations. This means that the decision-making (policy-formulation) and the implementation process are mainly driven by the European Commission and participating states (at national executive level). At the same time, this does not mean that other actors, such as bottom-up stakeholders, are excluded from the strategy, but these stakeholders do not have institutionalised platforms for participation.
|Participation Day in the Danube Strategy- Local Actors and Participation||2 Nov 2016|