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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:

  • strengthened local and regional institutions that are able to assess, develop and exploit the local social and economic assets and resources;
  • solid participative and transparent processes which can mobilize and provide  active involvement of bottom-up stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, academia, private sectors and civil society.

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.

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