The Coordination Center of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) has approved Ukraine's application to chair this initiative.
Ukraine has become the first non-EU country to chair the Strategy and through November 2021 - November 2022 it will be responsible for identifying priority areas for cooperation within the initiative.
"For us, chairing the Danube Strategy is a great responsibility and another opportunity to study the experience of our neighbors in the region. Each joint platform with the European Union accelerates Ukraine's European integration track, especially when it comes to cooperation within the scope of one of the largest regions of Central Europe," said Minister for Communities and Territories Development Oleksii Chernyshov.
Currently, the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development together with the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration are working on the preparation of the Program and Action Plan of Ukraine's presidency in the Strategy, which will include priorities and goals for the entire presidency period.
The Danube Strategy is a platform and action plan for cooperation between 14 countries in the Danube region. The Ukrainian part of the Strategy covers Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Zakarpattia regions. The States Parties to the Strategy shall cooperate in the areas of navigation, environmental protection, in particular aquatic ecosystems, including the conservation of living aquatic resources.