EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)

Priority Area "To Invest in People and Skills"

The implementation phase of the EUSDR began at the end of June 2011 with the adoption of the corresponding European Council decision. Priority Area 9, »To Invest in People and Skills«, is being jointly coordinated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection in cooperation with the Republic of Moldova (Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family). To support the coordination, a coordination office was setup at OeAD/KKA in 2011 with resources of the Federal Ministry of Education. The objective of Priority Area 9 is to promote intelligent and integrated progress and growth in the Danube Region through (continuing) education and training and the best possible utilisation of human resources.

Greening Tourism in the Danube Region

On 8 June 2015, stakeholders from tourism firms, tourism associations, NGOs in the fields of ecotourism and nature conservation, education ministries, tourism schools and VET agencies from the Danube region attended a conference held in Comana Natural Park, Romania. The conference focused on the question: “What qualifications and competences must businesses have in order to be best prepared for “green tourism” and what requirements therefore have to be met by vocational education and training?

The participants discussed what this means, specifically, for vocational schools of tourism and hotel management. The conference was organised by Romania’s Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, Romania’s National Centre for VET Development (NCVETD) and OeAD, in cooperation with Priority Area 9 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. It was financed by the EU.