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JOINTISZA project 2nd Ad-Hoc Task Group Meeting and Shared Vision Planning Stakeholder Workshop was held in Szolnok (HUN)

Posted by Éva Fehérvári, Monday, 28th May 2018 @ 2:55 pm
JOINTISZA PROJECT - Ad-Hoc Task Group Meeting, Shared Vision Planning Pilot Methodology and Stakeholder Workshop on 23-24 May
On 23 May the 2nd Ad-Hoc Task Group Meeting took place in Szolnok towards the development of a "Guidance paper on climate change induced specific water quantity issues to overcome challenges". The JOINTISZA project aims to investigate how Tisza countries can overcome problems caused by the climate change. Within the project a pilot activity utilizes the methodology of the so-called Shared Vision Planning developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) paying special attention to stakeholder involvement. On 24 May the Shared Vision Planning Pilot Methodology and Stakeholder Workshop on climate change were seeking to address specific water quantity issues with more than 70 experts participating from various countries. Attention was called to that if countries do not stick to the Paris Agreement, there will be an increase in the number and extremity of flood and low flow events with water scarcity problems getting more serious.

Summary report of the first EU macro-regional workshop on water has been published

Posted by Éva Fehérvári, Wednesday, 16th May 2018 @ 1:55 pm
Summary report of the first EU macro-regional workshop on water has been published
Budapest provided venue for the first EU macro-regional workshop on water on 19th April, initiated by EU Strategy for the Danube Region ‘Water Quality’ Priority Area and jointly organised with Interact Programme. The meeting provided the first opportunity for networking and exchanges across the macro-regions of EU in a horizontal understanding of the field of water. All four MRSs were represented on the workshop focusing on freshwater-related matters and common freshwater-marine issues. Besides exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences on how the water matters are addressed in the different regions, main challenges were outlined together with best practices and lessons learnt. Taking into account the conclusions of the meeting, it can be proposed to continue exchange on specific thematic and on the MRS governance-related questions in a workshop in the first half of 2019.

European Commission long-term budget proposals for 2021-2027

Posted by Éva Fehérvári, Friday, 11th May 2018 @ 11:59 am
European Commission adopted long-term budget proposals for 2021-2027
The European Commission unveiled the Multiannual Financial Framework for the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027, the first proposal after the UK’s departure from the bloc. Funds spent on EU policies will be €1.24 trillion, more than €220 billion higher compared to the previous period’s MFF. Cohesion policy suffered the biggest cut of 7% to €442.4 billion. Commission wants to have an agreement finalised by the European elections in May 2019.

INTERREG EUROPE – 4th Call for Project Proposals is open until 22 June 2018

Posted by Éva Fehérvári, Wednesday, 9th May 2018 @ 1:38 pm
INTERREG EUROPE – 4th Call for Project Proposals is open until 22 June 2018
The fourth and last call for proposals for interregional cooperation projects opened on 7 May. The Interreg Europe programme contributes to the EU's cohesion policy and the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy by supporting policy learning among relevant organisations. Related to the strategy, applicants are invited to submit proposals under one of the four priority axes (innovation, economic development, low-carbon economy, environment). Public authorities, public law bodies and private non-profit bodies are eligible to receive all the remaining ERDF and Norwegian funds for projects.

Joint Hungarian-Austrian field practice along the Lajta/Leitha river

Posted by Viktor Oroszi, Monday, 7th May 2018 @ 3:13 pm
Joint Hungarian-Austrian field practice along the Lajta/Leitha river
In the last decades the joint river basin of the Leitha/Lajta River has been affected by several floods which caused widespread damage in the neighbouring regions of Austria and Hungary. Common strategic activities are necessary for the adjustment of the safety level to the particular requirements of each of the two countries. Therefore, on the 25th of April 2018 the second joint and public field practice of the PLATFORM project was organized in Hegyeshalom with the participation of 185 experts. Next to the ad-hoc defence centre different sandbag reinforcements and counter pressure pools were placed, mobile night-lighting system was demonstrated, machineries for localization of oil spills were put on operation and all activities were on-line reported with a quadrocopter drone.

Common session of EU macro-regional strategies at the European Civil Protection Forum

Posted by Viktor Oroszi, Tuesday, 20th March 2018 @ 3:11 pm
Common session of EU macro-regional strategies at the European Civil Protection Forum
The 6th European Civil Protection Forum, organised under the central theme of "Civil Protection in a Changing Risk Landscape", took place on 5 and 6 March 2018 in Brussels. The event gathered 900 representatives from the European civil protection community, countries of the European Neighbourhood, first-line responders, academia, international organisations, NGOs, and European institutions to discuss the current developments in the Union Civil Protection Mechanism framework and put forward new ideas for tackling common challenges.
EU Strategy for the Danube Region PA5 – Environmental Risks priority area Hungarian coordination and the coordinators for Policy Area Secure in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region organized a thematic break-out session in the topic of transnational cooperation for effective disaster risk management.