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Civil society participation in the European Danube Strategy
Civil society participation in the European Danube Strategy

Author(s): Stefan August Lütgenau
Subject(s): Civil Society, Geopolitics
Published by: Kossuth Kiadó Zt.
Summary/Abstract: This paper analyses the concept and contextual framework of the European Danube Strategy (EDS) with respect to the role of civil society within the strategy. The development of the EDS is a work in progress. A great part of the documents are to be found online, in unpublished papers presented at conferences and/or meetings or are to be regarded at least as “grey literature”. On the background of the mental mapping dominant in the Danube region with its multiple barriers, rifts and breaks, the capacity for the inclusion of civil society is conceded in the planned strategy by the EU commission. Here, all bodies, the commission, member states and non member states taking part in the Danube strategy are analyzed. Our research reveals that almost all public stakeholders (member states, non member states, the commission) call in one way or the other for an inclusive approach to civil society. However, none of the public actors provide a clear concept, structure, or call to designate recourses to include civil society.

  • Page Range: 188-205
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Language: English