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Area of CBC activity Environment
Sector of CBC activity Protection of natural heritage

Environmental management

Please, briefly describe the CBC activity you wanted to pursue In 2010, Slovenia held the Presidency of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Its most important activity was the preparation and the adoption of the Danube River Basin Management Plan, which outlines a set of measures to improve the water quality in the Danube River over a period of five years. The Plan is a major step towards the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, which aims to achieve good water quality within the EU by 2015.
The plan is a historic achievement, because it was established in a democratic manner in the “most international” river basin in the world – involving EU and non-EU countries. The Danube River Basin Management Plan forms the framework for other important activities in 2010, such as the development of a strategy to reduce the negative impact of climate change on the Danube Basin. Additionally of great importance is the EU Danube Strategy, which is being developed under the leadership of the European Commission, with the goal of ensuring the socio-economic development of the region without jeopardizing the ecological values for the future.
Under the Slovenian presidency the task of the ICPDR to ensure that the sustainable management of the Danube and its tributaries is taken into account. The dialogue conducted at national, regional and international levels was key to all developments, which resulted in the creation of new synergies and partnerships for a more efficient management of water resources  resulting in a  better quality of life in the Danube Basin.
Border areas (states involved) SloveniaEU Member States
Institution Republic of Slovenia

European Commission

Contact details Andrej Čokert, Secretary

Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy (GOSP)Dunajska c. 58 SI-1001

Ljubljana Slovenia

Tel: +386 1 320 16 21

Fax: +386 1 320 16 33

Mail to:andrej.cokert@gov.si

Year of record 2012