European border regions matter and the EU must continue looking after them despite planned cuts for Cohesion policy funding, particularly as some of them remain under-developed, participants at a recent EURACTIV event said, highlighting the example of Romania-Bulgaria cross-border cooperation.
Strahil Karapchanski, the deputy mayor of Ruse, the largest Bulgarian city on the Danube, told EURACTIV about the history, the present and his hopes for the future of cross-border regional cooperation with Romania, which he has helped to oversee.
Budget talks, farm reform and economic governance top the agenda of Hungary's EU presidency, but the country's six-month stint at the bloc's helm has been overshadowed by criticism of a controversial media law adopted by Budapest.
The EU's Danube Strategy will succeed best if it uses inter-regional projects to achieve its goals, EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn announced at a conference held in Rouse, Bulgaria earlier this month. Dvevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria, reports.
The Spanish EU Presidency has called for an 'Atlantic Arc' strategy for cooperation between Western Europe's maritime countries, which would be the latest in a series of ad hoc blueprints for macro-regional development across Europe.