On 30 November 2022 a delegation from Vojvodina (Serbia) met with Teresa Stummer (Department for International and European Affairs, Federal State of Lower Austria, Working Community of the Danube Regions/ARGE Donauländer) and Sebastian Schäffer at our offices in Hahngasse 6. The delegation also attended the Danube Conference organised, amongst others, by IDM and ARGE Donauländer in the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs the day before.
With the presidency of the ARGE Donauländer coming to an end, which has been held by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina since 2020, the projects implemented were revised and evaluated. During the meeting also future activities were discussed – amongst others the official transfer of the presidency during an event planned for April.
A video currently in production will highlight the importance of the sub-national level and cross-border cooperation as well as their synergies in the Danube Region. Cooperations between regional media outlets were also taken into consideration.
A future collaboration between the delegation and the IDM itself was discussed as well. The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023, during that year different events will be organised in each country of their collaboration partners, including Serbia. The 10th Danube Cultural Conference – returning to Novi Sad in April 2023 – could be the perfect setting for a cooperation between the two partners, where the IDM could organise a side-event. Further details on the organisation will be planned during the upcoming months.
The meeting closed with the remarks on the importance of working together and on the inclusion in the different activities carried out along the Danube.