11 November 2015, Krems, Austria — The CDRSEE’s Executive Director Ms Zvezdana Kovac, participated in the international conference “The EU Strategy for the Danube Region and Its Potential to Tackle Crises in the Danube Region” for which academia and policy makers from across Europe gathered in Krems. Ms Kovac spoke on the panel dedicated to “Possible ways out of the crisis. The potential of education, know-how and civil society” and shared the CDRSEE’s long standing experience in Southeast Europe with participants.
Organisers of the conference were the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), in co-operation with the Danube University Krems, ARGE Donauländer and Lower Austria. Main topics included the Political, economic , ecological and social crises as current challenges in the Danube Region. The conference questioned the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) as a possible solution and addressed current challenges and problems as well as potential alternatives, solutions and action spaces. Ms Kovac presented the CDRSEE’s Joint History Project, as an example for the opportunities that education offers for understanding crisis and its prevention. Her speech was very well received by all the participants and initiated a very dynamic discussion. Mr Michael Ralph, Adviser to the Deputy Director General for Implementation in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission commented that this exemplary initiative should be followed by other European countries as well.