Socio-economic assessment of the Danube Region: state of the region, challenges and strategy development

Client/Funding Institution

Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg


The main objective of this project was an analysis of potential opportunities, requirements, challenges, and recommendations, in order to enhance the competitiveness, the innovative strength, the attractiveness, and the prosperity of the entire region of the Danube riparian countries and regions, and to develop strategic orientations in view of transnational and interregional cooperation for the period 2014-2020. wiiw developed this assessment in cooperation with two German partners, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) - which was also the leader of the project - and the Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW). The focus on wiiw's contribution was on labour markets, regional development, cluster development and cooperation in the Danube Region.


July 2013 - October 2015

wiiw team Leader

Gabor Hunya

wiiw Staff

Alexandra Bykova, Ronald Hartwig, Mario Holzner, Roman Römisch, Monika Schwarzhappel, Galina Vasaros, Hermine Vidovic

Project Partners

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW, coordinator), Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW)

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Keywords: danube region, labour market, regional development, competitiveness, entrepreneurship

Countries covered: Balkan States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Central, East and Southeast Europe, CESEE, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, Visegrad countries

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution, International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Regional Development