The project Danube-INCO.NET is funded by the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (FP7). Its focus and objectives are tightly linked to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), in particular to Priority Area (PA) 7 (“Knowledge Society”) and 8 (“Competitiveness”). Within these two PAs, the project will identify several challenges aiming at enhanced cooperation in the field of Research and Innovation (R&I) across the targeted area.
A consortium of 19 partners, under the coordination of the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), will cooperate with the aim to support policy dialogue and overcome the obstacles hindering the full social and economic development of the Danube region. various activities are scheduled, such as inter alia meetings, workshops, analysis, publications and policy recommendations related to R&I cooperation. Following the principles of macro-regional strategies, the project will not set up additional structures: on the contrary, it will closely cooperate with, and create synergies among, the PAs of the Danube Strategy and other already existing organisations and initiatives.
The main objective is to assess the potential and encourage the development of bioeconomy in the Danube Region, with a focus on sustainable energy. The CEI will focus on mapping the most relevant stakeholders active in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with the aim to promote clusters, stimulate networking and implement a pilot activity ensuring sustainable and durable cooperation beyond the project’s end date. These activities will contribute to the success of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
The CEI participates in the project as a full-fledged partner, responsible for the implementation of Work Package 3 “Tackling societal challenges: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in a Bio-based Economy”.
The project runs from January 2014 to June 2017.