DTP Project requirements


The Danube Transnational Programme finances projects for the development and practical implementation of policy frameworks, tools and services and concrete small-scale pilot investments. Strong complementarities with the broader EU Strategy for the Danube Region will be sought.

Tackling common challenges and needs in specific topics, the projects should aim to deliver real benefits to the people and to build links between authorities and organisations in the whole Danube region. Many of these common challenges and needs can be better faced by joining forces through transnational cooperation.

Individual projects will receive an EU financial support up to 85% of their total eligible costs.

The projects must form transnational partnerships to cooperate together in the programme thematic priorities and specific objectives.


In principle the following types of action are supported under the cooperation programme:

  • Development of common orientations, frameworks and strategies in fields of transnational relevance where early policy development is needed (i.e. in fields which until now have not been touched by significant projects in the previous programming periods)
  • Development and practical implementation of transnational tools and services (e.g. analytical tools, management tools, technical tools, software tools, monitoring tools)
  • Preparation of transnational investments (infrastructure, equipment) to be subsequently financed through other sources
  • Pilot activities including small-scale fixed investments (of testing or demonstration nature)
  • Development and practical implementation of training and capacity building (e.g. training seminars and courses, study visits, peer reviews)
  • Accompanying information, dissemination, capitalisation and publicity measures to inform stakeholders and/or the general public about project activities and outcomes

These are only some examples of the actions that a project may include. However, a project approved by the Danube Transnational Programme is expected to include many more aspects of the above-listed types of actions. Examples of actions to be supported under the programme are described in section 2 of the Cooperation Programme document. Furthermore the complementarities of planned interventions with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) both in the programming process as well as in the implementation phase are outlined in section 4.4 of the Cooperation Programme document.


Beneficiaries of the projects funded by the Programme can be local, regional, national public bodies/bodies governed by public law, international organisations and private bodies (including private enterprises from EU countries of the programme area) having legal personality.

Potential applicants can check the Applicants Manual of each call for proposals to get more information about the project beneficiaries and other details concerning the DTP projects.

Videos to help potential applicants to prepare an application:

Preparing an application - Priority 1.1 and 1.2  (Focused on the Specific Objectives)

Preparing an application - Priority 2.1, 2.3 and 2.4 (Focused on the Specific Objectives)

Preparing an application - Priority 2.2 (Focused on the Specific Objectives)

Preparing an application - Priority 3.1 and 3.2 (Focused on the Specific Objectives)

Preparing an application - Eligibility partnership requirements

Preparing an application - Eligibility checks

Preparing an application -  Application form

Preparing an application - Intervention logic

Preparing an application - Typology of outputs

Preparing an application - Assessment

Preparing an application - Communication

Preparing an application - Financial management

Preparing an application - Eligibility of expenditure

Preparing an application - Eligibility of expenditure by budget lines

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)