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5th Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region 2016

Event held under the patronage of the Slovak Presidency

In the framework of the Presidency of Slovakia in the Danube macro-regional strategy, the Government Office of the Slovak republic organises, in cooperation with the European Commission, a frontline event of the Strategy entitled „Innovative Flows – Water, Knowledge and Innovation in the Danube Region“. It is the 5th Annual Forum of the Danube Strategy, which will take place on 3-4 November 2016 in Bratislava, in the premises of the new National Slovak Theatre.

The main topics of the Annual Forum will be the thematic priorities of the Slovak Presidency in the Danube Strategy – development of Knowledge society and Water management in the Danube region. As a part of this event, Ministers and their representatives responsible for Research and Innovation from 14 countries will hold a joint meeting. The main programme consists of opening and closing plenary sessions, expert workshops and an evening reception. Apart from the thematic topics, the objective of this Annual Forum will be to raise awareness about the potential of the Danube region, improve its governance structure and enhance embedding of the strategy into the programmes financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The Annual Forum will officially be opened by the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Sport and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Tibor Navracsic. Ministers and their representatives from the Danube countries, representatives of the European Commission, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), as well as mayors, Danube Strategy National coordinators, experts and participants from the Danube countries will also take part. During the Annual Forum, Slovakia will hand over the Presidency in the Danube Strategy to Hungary.

Further information about the Annual Forum is available on the official website: http://www.danube-forum-bratislava.eu/

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